The judge enforcing the Baltimore Police consent decree pushed back Wednesday against recent criticism of the federally mandated reforms, saying it is imperative for officers to “lean in” to the process as training increases in the coming year.
The Baltimore Police Department’s critical shortage of officers continues to slow internal affairs investigations, contributes to low morale and is delaying many of the reforms required under a federal consent decree reached nearly three years ago, a recent report says.
Deric Strickland was getting gas Saturday night when he heard a single gunshot. He didn’t think much of the gunfire in a city where more than 300 people are killed each year, and hundreds more are shot.
Since July, the southwestern area of Baltimore has experienced more then 30 fires. Only six have been ruled arson, and fire officials are urging people not to rush to judgment. But that hasn’t quelled the fear among members of the community
The union leadership’s comments come a day after Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young held a news conference at City Hall where they discussed recent and future efforts to address the city relentless violence as the city reached 344 homicides.
After a particularly violent day in Baltimore, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison held a news conference to announce 118 arrests of individuals wanted for various charges, including attempted murder and other offenses.
Baltimore city and Baltimore County officials will receive $4.6 million in federal funding that will help identify owners of guns used in violent crimes, provide services to children affected by the opioid crisis, fund police body worn cameras, and a slate of others criminal justice needs.
Baltimore Circuit judges will hear both civil and criminal cases beginning next month in an effort to “promote efficiency” — a change that will impact the already stretched resources of the city sheriff’s office that provides courtroom security, officials say.
Baltimore Police must hire nearly 300 additional sworn officers, decentralize some investigative work to district-level detectives, reduce the workload for homicide investigators and add substantially more officers to internal affairs and training.
The indictments of 25 Maryland jail guards have been met, by state leaders and advocates, with approval of the uprooting of the alleged corruption, outrage over its existence in the first place -- and questions about how to prevent it going forward.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told a state policing commission that she has concerns about the integrity of more than 300 police officers and may not be able to put them on the witness stand,
The number turned out to be for an outreach worker for Roca, an intensive anti-violence program that focuses on the city’s most at-risk young men by enrolling them into programs that aim to change their behavior.
An attorney who was hired to be a Baltimore Police deputy commissioner - only to have the job offer pulled after her allegations against State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby became public - has agreed to a tentative $75,000 settlement with the city.
Four Harlem Park residents caught up in a Baltimore Police frenzy in the days after detective Sean Suiter was shot in the head have filed a federal lawsuit, saying police violated their constitutional rights in a failed attempt to catch a cop killer.
So far this year 295 people have been murdered as Baltimore braces to surpass the 300 mark for the fifth straight year. That’s 30 more than at this time last year, and the number of people who have been shot but survived has climbed by more than 100, to 681.