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Introduction: Charm City (05:57)


Baltimore may have its highest murder rate per capita in the city’s history in 2015. The Neighborhood Cleaning Crew from Rose Street Community Center discusses the gunshots they heard and subsequent police activity. Officers call Child Protective Services after realizing the deplorable condition of a house. (Credits)

Rose Street Community Center (02:48)

Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton explains the difference between “snitching” and reporting a shooting in the neighborhood. A woman brings in a poster, seeking help to find a missing runaway.

Community Differences (02:04)

Mr. C provides jobs, training, counseling, and bus fare for those in need. The Department of Justice releases a report criticizing officers for excessive force and discrimination toward African Americans.

Southern District Police Station (03:05)

Captain Monique Brown has worked for the police department for 16 years. Officers commend the member who wrote a warrant confiscating multiple guns. Some of the weapons that circulate in Baltimore are developed for war.

On Patrol (03:02)

Eric Winston pulls over a vehicle that has been reported stolen and discovers the driver has an outstanding warrant. Baltimore’s southern district is known as the overdose capital of the world.

City Councilman (03:37)

Brandon Scott describes why he was inspired to seek public office. There are 300 police positions vacant, forcing many officers to work overtime. Bernard C. “Jack” Young discusses the need for a new crime fighting strategy at the city budget hearing.

Morning Meeting Rose Street Community Center (03:26)

Mr. C. and his employees announce job openings and a cookout. There is a 50% unemployment rate in neighborhoods that lack public transportation and job opportunities. Six schools have been shut down this year in Baltimore; there are no recreation centers open in the area.

Altercation Erupts (02:33)

Long interrupts an argument between a man and a woman. The neighborhood dissipates before the police arrive.

Police in Action (06:07)

Police answer calls regarding allegations of child abuse, drug overdoses, and other community concerns. Andre Parker, Jr. reviews body camera footage implicating a teenager in carrying an illegal firearm. Winston speaks to the State Attorney’s office about issuing warrants.

Addiction (03:38)

Drug Dealers start selling on the street Long lives on. The activist discusses how he and his sisters ended up in foster care. The Rose Street Community Center organizes a children’s clean-up crew for the neighborhood.

Preventing Disease (05:58)

Captain Brown asks a man selling hypodermic needles for identification. John Gregorio kicks drug dealers out of a local grocery store and answers an allegation of squatters. A resident asks the police to perform drive-bys and threatens he will shoot trespassers.

Leaving the Environment (02:31)

Residents hold a neighborhood vigil for a recent homicide. Brown believes that there will be a shortage of African American males from the ages of 15-35. The officer patrols the streets and reminds children of the local curfew.

Traffic Call (06:19)

After hearing gunshots, officers pursue the assailant and victim. Walker Gladden III emphasizes the need to end the violence at his son’s funeral.

City Council Public Safety Meeting (03:27)

City Council Resolution 17-002R proposes a restructured system whereby each police commander will have assigned health and housing inspectors at their disposal. Low-income black neighborhoods possess the fewest jobs, lowest ranking schools, increased concentration of health problems, and the highest rates of poverty.

Conflict Mediation (05:13)

Safe Street members deescalate potentially violent situations. Dante Barksdale, the Outreach Coordinator, describes how the organization hires credible messengers within the community.

Violence Increases (05:05)

When Mr. C is hospitalized, three homicides occur in less than a week. Long teaches a youth kickboxing class and describes the first time he was arrested. Working with children helps stem violent behaviors in adulthood.

Racism (02:07)

Long explains how police spend time on more trivial crimes while homicides are occurring. There are too many police and not enough justice. Citizens do not cooperate with law enforcement because of decades of police brutality and gang retaliation for snitching.

Epidemic (03:58)

Winston arrests the same juvenile perpetrator with another handgun. Scott votes against the City Public Committee Hearing Resolution for mandatory sentencing when possessing unregistered weapons. Gun violence needs to be attacked from a public health point of view.

Inside Job? (02:41)

Detective Sean Suiter is killed with his own weapon one day before he was going to testify against fellow officers. Captain Brown prays to keep her composure.

Mr. C Returns (05:15)

The Rose Street Community Center re-opens. Mr. C counsels a young man who is close to resorting to violence and gives him some money to purchase food. The cleaning crew begins to work.

Burnt Out Officers (10:27)

Winston purchases flowers for his significant other. Police need outlets to release stress. Officers are placed on 12-hour citywide shifts due to a recent increase in homicides.

Easing Racial Tensions (03:20)

Scott gathers police officers and teenagers from his neighborhood. The participants share stories to build understanding.

Another Homicide (07:24)

In April 2017, Long's sister is shot on Rose Street. Police do not call for a paramedic for fifteen minutes after they arrive. Mr. C emphasizes the belief that things will improve at the Rose Street Community Center Morning Meeting.

Ashley's Memorial (03:06)

Long visits the tribute to his sister and promises to become successful in bringing the community together.

Credits: Charm City (03:04)

Credits: Charm City

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On the streets of Baltimore, shooting is rampant, the murder rate is approaching an all-time high and the distrust of the police is at a fever pitch. With nerves frayed and neighborhoods in distress, dedicated community leaders, compassionate law-enforcement officers and a progressive young city councilman try to stem the epidemic of violence. Filmed over three tumultuous years covering the lead up to, and aftermath of, Freddie Gray's death in police custody, Charm City is an intimate cinema verité portrait of those surviving in, and fighting for, the vibrant city they call home.

Length: 107 minutes

Item#: BVL192008

Copyright date: ©2018

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