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Sexual assault victims need competency more than comfort from BPD

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says a made-over interview room at police headquarters sends a message to sexual assault survivors that "we believe you, you're safe, and we're here to help you." Here's a message for the commissioner: There's a better way to gain the trust of those who...

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