Baltimore's spending panel approved a $42,000 settlement Wednesday with a former police officer who alleged that the department failed to protect him after he reported misconduct by fellow officers.
The city's Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, awarded the money to Joseph Crystal, who told prosecutors in 2014 he saw fellow officers assault a man. Crystal later resigned after finding a rat on the windshield of his car one morning outside his home, he said.
He contended in a $5 million lawsuit that a hostile workplace environment forced him to leave the agency.
"All parties wanted to put this behind us," Rawlings-Blake...
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said regarding the shooting in Cherry Hill on Friday that, "... this level of violence in this community ... has to end." File Photo