A young black man died after an altercation with police in West Baltimore, and tensions were running high.
Significant discrepancies existed between the official police narrative and the recollections of witnesses. Police said the man had a knife and had resisted arrest. Civil rights advocates alleged police brutality.
As the outcry grew, federal, state and city officials turned their gaze to largely black West Baltimore as a potential powder keg. Some promised emergency efforts to improve health and economic conditions, raze dilapidated vacant homes and repair police-community relations.
The mayor decried the "squalid physical and social conditions" as...