J. W. Ancel Inc., a Towson-based construction firm, paid $145,000 to settle allegations that the company submitted inflated construction costs connected to a state bus depot, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced Friday.
When Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Bonaparte failed to file his business property tax returns for 2017 and 2018, it wasn’t his first tax troubles. On Feb. 08, 2013, the state entered a tax lien against Bonaparte and his wife for $3,421.79 over unpaid taxes, according to court records.
While income tax problems toppled Baltimore’s police commissioner in May, a retired officer he hired to be a deputy commissioner didn’t file his personal business taxes until Wednesday, a day after The Baltimore Sun asked about the firms.
Months after asking the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore police force, Commissioner Anthony W. Batts went before a City Council committee to detail how much force officers used during arrests.
Baltimore police officers broke widely accepted safety limits for Tasers more than any other force in Maryland, and in nearly all cases fired the weapon at suspects who were not complying with police orders but did not pose a threat.
A federal court recently put police on notice: They could lose on-the-job immunity from civil lawsuits if they use a Taser to shock suspects in the face of nonviolent resistance. It was one of several rulings in recent years in which judges deemed it excessive force to use a stun gun on suspects who are resisting arrest but pose no immediate danger.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced Wednesday that he has ordered the police department to examine its use of Tasers and review investigations into four deaths of people shocked by the stun guns fired by officers.
As the General Assembly moves to create an independent police commission, key lawmakers say one of its first priorities should be to develop a statewide policy on how officers use stun guns across Maryland.
The first-ever data analysis of all Taser incidents in Maryland over a three-year period reveals that police agencies across the state have predominantly used the devices against suspects who posed no immediate threat. In hundreds of cases, police didn't follow widely accepted safety recommendations, The Baltimore Sun found.
Between Friday and Sunday, 30 staffers and volunteers from Mercy Chefs, a nonprofit faith-based group in Chesapeake, VA., brought a 42-foot mobile kitchen to cook $5,000 worth of food in Middle River, West Baltimore and downtown.
As killings continue to soar in Baltimore and six officers prepare to face trials for Freddie Gray's death, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis knows a long-awaited report from the U.S. Department of Justice will again put the nation's eighth-largest police department under a microscope — and is likely to trigger reforms that would be extensive and costly.
Shoddy, incomplete and long-overdue repairs are common among the 11,000 homes maintained by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, an investigation by The Baltimore Sun has found. The Housing Authority has a backlog of more than 4,000 work orders in which residents have waited more than 30 days — sometimes more than a year — for repairs, according to records obtained last month by The Sun through a public information request.
Months after Freddie Gray sustained catastrophic injuries while in a Baltimore police van, an investigation by a Denver television station has found that detainees in that city have accused sheriff's deputies of subjecting them to "rough rides."
Attorneys are seeking class action status for a lawsuit against the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and some of its maintenance workers, arguing many more tenants may have been victims of an alleged sex-for-repairs scheme.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration plans to pay Freddie Gray's family $6.4 million as a settlement for civil claims in his arrest and death — an extraordinary payment in a lawsuit against city police.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has removed embattled CitiStat Director Mark H. Grimes, who for the past 20 months has led the agency charged with monitoring and analyzing the local government's work.
As anger permeated Baltimore following Freddie Gray's death in police custody, then-Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts told reporters that he met with the 25-year-old's family. But on April 24, William H. Murphy, Jr., the attorney hired by Gray's family, sent a terse letter to Batts. "It has come to our attention that you made statements claiming to have met with the family of Freddie Gray, Jr. about the investigation into his death," Murphy wrote.
After combing through boxes of lawsuits, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration says the city paid $4.4 million for settlements and court judgments against officers in 2010. The amount had not been available previously. With that $4.4 million, Baltimore taxpayers have doled out more than $12 million for alleged police misconduct since 2010, according to city records.
When State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced criminal charges against six Baltimore police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, she said it was not an indictment of the entire department. Five generations of her own family, she said, have worked in law enforcement. On Wednesday, Mosby said she has learned from those relatives' mistakes, as well as their sacrifice.
A Baltimore mother who accused a Baltimore police officer of assault, battery and false arrest against her minor child will receive $65,000 in a settlement approved Wednesday by the city's spending panel.
Kevin Davis, who was thrust into the position of Baltimore's top cop on Wednesday, must confront problems on several fronts. Homicides and shootings have spiked in recent months. Meanwhile, he faces two significant rifts — one between the police and the community, and another between police leaders and the 2,800 or so rank-and-file officers.
A long-running case involving police misconduct allegations has flared up again, as Baltimore officials balk at paying a $281,000 judgment levied against its officers — an unusual move in such lawsuits.
A longtime Baltimore police officer will not face criminal charges for hitting a handcuffed suspect in a downtown parking garage during a 2012 arrest — an incident partially caught on video by a security camera
A Defense Department analyst who accused a Baltimore police officer of false arrest in 2010 has agreed to settle the lawsuit for $200,000, city records show. One fact in this case differs from most other lawsuits against city officers: The man told jurors during a 2014 trial that the officer did not physically assault him. Still, the jury awarded damages totaling $272,790. The city appealed the jury verdict, and before the judge ruled, the parties settled.