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  • Batts' crime-fighting plan focuses on gangs, guns, violent offenders

    Batts' crime-fighting plan focuses on gangs, guns, violent offenders
    Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts wants to stop sending officers out on low-priority 911 calls, expand foot patrols and create a unit focused on investigating incidents in which police use force. He proposes assigning homicide detectives to...
  • Immigration police are arresting innocent people [Letter]

    Thanks for your coverage of the ACLU's report on immigration detainers in Maryland ("ACLU criticizes Md. police on immigration enforcement," Nov. 19). Unfortunately, the claim made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that immigration detainers...
  • Batts' mission [Editorial]

    Batts' mission  [Editorial]
    Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts' long-awaited consultant's report on how to reshape his department and drive down crime comes to what sounds like an obvious conclusion: The city's police should focus on gangs, guns and violent repeat...
  • Philip L. Marcus, lawyer and social activist

    Philip L. Marcus, lawyer and social activist
    Philip L. Marcus, a former engineer and teacher who became a lawyer and social activist, died Nov. 4 of bladder cancer at his home in Beaverton, Ore. The former Columbia resident was 71. The son of Carl Marcus, an accountant, and Ida Marcus, a...
  • Greater Homewood honors those who help 'transform Baltimore'

    Greater Homewood honors those who help 'transform Baltimore'
    Amanda Ruthven is a tireless volunteer in the Harwood neighborhood within Charles Village. Baltimore City Planning Director Tom Stosur, of the Roland Park area, is leading the city's rewrite of the comprehensive zoning code for the first time in 40...
  • On 'stop and frisk,' Batts in 'strong agreement' with ACLU

    On 'stop and frisk,' Batts in 'strong agreement' with ACLU
    Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday he is in "strong agreement" with concerns raised by the ACLU over how his agency tracks its officers' interactions with citizens. The civil liberties group released department data that showed...
  • One step at a time on marijuana [Editorial]

    One step at a time on marijuana  [Editorial]
    The politics surrounding marijuana in Maryland have come a long way during the last few years. A law allowing token penalties for those who claimed medical reasons for using the drug was controversial less than a decade ago. Now the state is launching a...
  • City's 'stop and frisk' oversight criticized

    City's 'stop and frisk' oversight criticized
    Baltimore police say they stopped residents 123,000 times last year but found only nine handguns — a figure civil rights advocates say is so implausible that it raises questions about whether the agency is actually monitoring the conduct of officers...
  • Baltimore Police 'stop and frisk' oversight faulted by ACLU

    Baltimore Police 'stop and frisk' oversight faulted by ACLU
    Out of more than 120,000 documented citizen stops by Baltimore Police last year, only 494 resulted in a search and just nine guns were recovered, according to data the agency released to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. The data offers...
  • ACLU criticizes Md. police on immigration enforcement

    ACLU criticizes Md. police on immigration enforcement
    Law enforcement in Maryland is "unwittingly" being turned into a tool of federal immigration authorities by agreeing to hold people wanted by the Department of Homeland Security, the ACLU said Tuesday. A report published by the American Civil Liberties...
  • Arrest disparity a serious problem, with no easy answer [Editorial]

    It's become painfully clear that criminal behavior, substance abuse and mental health problems have certain links that lead to plenty of social ills. Over indulgence in alcohol resulting from one or another kind of mental anguish can result in offenses...
  • City Council members push to crack down on panhandling

    City Council members push to crack down on panhandling
    Asking for money near Baltimore restaurants, shops or parking meters would be outlawed under legislation some City Council members say is needed to make residents and visitors feel safer. The proposal, which heads to the full council for its...