Unlimited Access. Try it Today! Your First 10 Days Always $0.99
News Opinion Readers Respond

The commissioner's insights on crime [Letter]

So, after decades of literal open-warfare in the city driven by the drug trade, it takes a transplanted police commissioner from that bastion of safety, Oakland, Calif., to tell us that crime in the city is primarily limited to those who live and operate in the drug culture and that the "good guys and gals" should feel safe ("Batts: Crime dropped for 'everyday citizens' in 2013," Dec. 31).

I can't wait for the new fire chief from the mega-metropolis of Lincoln, Neb., to tell us that the increased fire deaths in the city are primarily the result of smoke inhalation. Mind boggling.

Stephan G. Fugate, Baltimore

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Police bill of rights isn't the problem
    Police bill of rights isn't the problem

    The Sun's editorial board must not have read Mark Puente's front page article regarding efforts to address police brutality that appeared one week earlier ("Weeding out 'bad cops,'" Jan. 11). As Mr. Punete notes correctly, Baltimore's police commissioners have had the legal authority to fire...

  • Unaccountable police are a threat to democracy
    Unaccountable police are a threat to democracy

    If City Solicitor George Nilson is correct in saying that the City Council can't issue a legal requirement that the police conduct themselves in a certain way, the BCPD would represent a private armed force accountable only to the mayor ("City solicitor calls police body camera bill 'illegal,'"...

  • Protesters won't march for city officer who was shot
    Protesters won't march for city officer who was shot

    Regarding the city police officer who was shot during a traffic stop, can we look forward to the Rev. Al Sharpton and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's involvement in this atrocity ("Officer shot in West Baltimore," Dec. 15)?

  • Common sense on crime and poverty
    Common sense on crime and poverty

    It was frustrating to read Dan Rodricks' point-by-point discussion of the "typical" middle-class resident's perspective on the poor ("Let's help the poor, but not too close to home," Feb. 2).

  • Low hiring standards lead to police brutality
    Low hiring standards lead to police brutality

    I've lived in and around Baltimore for all of my 73 years. My opinion on the problems with our police and fire departments lies with recruiting practices ("U.S. Dept. of Justice reveals plans to review Baltimore Police Dept.," Oct. 21). As a young man I never heard of the problems we're now...

  • Cameras on cops
    Cameras on cops

    There was no small irony in Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's veto Monday of a City Council bill that would have required city police to be equipped with body cameras. For one thing, the mayor herself has said she supports the idea of officers wearing the devices to record their...

  • Weeding out 'bad cops'
    Weeding out 'bad cops'

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake faces an uphill battle in this year's General Assembly when she and other officials travel to Annapolis to push for changes to a state law that restricts the power of police departments to discipline officers accused of misconduct. Yet curiously, one...

  • Black police patrol cars are in appropriate for city law enforcement
    Black police patrol cars are in appropriate for city law enforcement

    I had the pleasure this year of spending most of April through mid-October in Maine. I drove back and forth to Baltimore quite a bit, over 12,000 miles. I noticed various state patrols had switched to the black, "bad boy" cars with the new low profile light array, which seemed clever and...

Comments
Loading