Last year, Governor Larry Hogan (Md.) cancelled plans for a new transit line (the Red Line) in Baltimore. Residents and officials in African-American neighborhoods, which would have benefitted most from this line, were outraged by his decision. Civil rights groups have filed claims with the Department of Transportation that this violates the Civil Rights Act.
Emily Badger reports on the effect this has on residents who don't have job access due to limited transportation options. She also spoke with Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, who sees the correlation between this situation and the death of Freddie Gray last year:
"As much attention as we give to the trial of the officers who were charged in the killing of Freddie Gray," she says, "we should give to a decision that implicates 10,000 construction jobs and billions of infrastructure investment in Baltimore that were eliminated in a single day, by a single decision, made by a single person."