Frederick Bealefeld should step down as Baltimore City Police Commissioner. If he does not, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake should ask for his resignation.
Mr. Bealefeld has demonstrated that he lacks the political impartiality, sound judgment, and honesty required of a police commissioner.
Like the Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Maryland Constitution establishes the State’s Attorney as an elected independent office. Local officials, especially police chiefs, are expected to work with whomever the voters in their wisdom choose. A police commissioner does not get to select who he believes would be a suitable partner as State’s Attorney.
The recent reports of more then $7.2 million dollars in payments to citizens victimized by police abuse documents why it is important to have3 a prosecutor who is not a rubber stamp for the police department. Otherwise, who would police the police?
Mr. Bealefeld has stepped far over the line of propriety. He has lost the trust of a substantial portion of the citizenry. He must leave.