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Anthony Batts

Amid law enforcement scrutiny, a rising black voice enters top ranks of Baltimore's police union

Amid law enforcement scrutiny, a rising black voice enters top ranks of Baltimore's police union

In the aftermath of last year's civil unrest in Baltimore, one of the most forceful defenders of the city's police officers was a black lieutenant from Baltimore who maintained that most do their jobs with integrity, even as he acknowledged a history of racial disparities.

Lt. Kenny Butler, the longtime president of the Vanguard Justice Society, an organization for black and other minority officers, openly slammed then-Commissioner Anthony Batts, critcizing orders that officers "not engage" violent protesters and Batts' comment that cops "took a knee" in the months that followed. He joined a chorus of voices questioning State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's...

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