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Mark Puente

Mark Puente

Mark Puente, an investigative reporter for The Baltimore Sun, has been nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize. He covered St. Petersburg City Hall and real estate for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously was a crime and investigations reporter for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, where he won the Al Nakkula Award — the only national journalism award devoted to police reporting.  His 2014 “Undue Force” series on allegations of police brutality in Baltimore won the Institute on Political Journalism’s Clark Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the United States.  A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate, Puente grew up in Detroit and Cleveland and spent 14 years driving a tractor trailer before going to college.


Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Bonaparte had previous tax troubles

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.

Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Bonaparte had previous tax troubles






Baltimore police use of Tasers in poor, black neighborhoods questioned

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.

Baltimore police use of Tasers in poor, black neighborhoods questioned

Police officers could be sued over unconstitutional Taser use, courts find

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.

Police officers could be sued over unconstitutional Taser use, courts find
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