Sign in Bealefeld's front yard supports Jessamy's opponent

Police Commissioner <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT00007658" title="Frederick H. Bealefeld, III" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/law-enforcement/frederick-h.-bealefeld-iii-PEPLT00007658.topic">Frederick H. Bealefeld III</a> wasn't endorsing anyone in the city state's attorney's race.<br>
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Citizen Fred Bealefeld, however, had a clear preference in August. Lawn signs for defense attorney Gregg Bernstein, who is challenging Patricia C. Jessamy in the Democratic primary, sprouted up on the lawn of Bealefeld's Southwest Baltimore home in August. Bealefeld declined an interview, but through a department spokesman issued a carefully worded statement saying police "are doing everything we can to reduce crime in our city."<br>
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"The state's attorney's job is to prosecute the bad guys and make sure they go to jail. We are working hard to do our job and we need a true partner in the state's attorney's office," the statement said.<br>
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Relations between Bealefeld's and Jessamy's agencies had been lukewarm at best for years, and Bealefeld has said police are too often blamed by prosecutors for failures in the courtroom.<br>
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But Bealefeld took what is believed to be an unprecedented step in making known his choice of Jessamy's chief opponent in the Democratic primary, something generally frowned upon in law enforcement. The stakes could be high, observers said, testing the political capital that Bealefeld built up in three years as commissioner and risking further strains with Jessamy's office.

( Baltimore Sun / August 5, 2010 )

Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III wasn't endorsing anyone in the city state's attorney's race.

Citizen Fred Bealefeld, however, had a clear preference in August. Lawn signs for defense attorney Gregg Bernstein, who is challenging Patricia C. Jessamy in the Democratic primary, sprouted up on the lawn of Bealefeld's Southwest Baltimore home in August. Bealefeld declined an interview, but through a department spokesman issued a carefully worded statement saying police "are doing everything we can to reduce crime in our city."

"The state's attorney's job is to prosecute the bad guys and make sure they go to jail. We are working hard to do our job and we need a true partner in the state's attorney's office," the statement said.

Relations between Bealefeld's and Jessamy's agencies had been lukewarm at best for years, and Bealefeld has said police are too often blamed by prosecutors for failures in the courtroom.

But Bealefeld took what is believed to be an unprecedented step in making known his choice of Jessamy's chief opponent in the Democratic primary, something generally frowned upon in law enforcement. The stakes could be high, observers said, testing the political capital that Bealefeld built up in three years as commissioner and risking further strains with Jessamy's office.

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