The split of a mayor and his commissioner

The split of a mayor and his commissioner
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark (left) and Mayor Martin O'Malley discuss the city's declining crime rate. (Sun photo by Andre F. Chung)
May 15, 2004
Commissioner Kevin P. Clark and his fiancee have an early morning argument at their North Baltimore condominium. Two officers who guard Clark report she said: "He assault me."

May 18, 2004
Clark announces he will temporarily step down while Howard County investigates the incident.

June 2, 2004
Mayor Martin O'Malley announces the Howard County report has cleared Clark, permitting him to return to the job.

June 17, 2004
The Sun and WBAL-TV sue O'Malley to release a copy of the investigative report.

July 29, 2004
Clark and O'Malley exchange emails about a police commander under investigation.

Aug. 6, 2004
Clark and O'Malley exchange emails over internal investigation into how some commanders handled Clark's domestic dispute.

Aug. 20, 2004
Leonard D. Hamm, a former city police major, is hired by Clark as a deputy commissioner.

Sept. 17, 2004
City judge orders release of the investigative report into Clark's May dispute.

Sept. 29, 2004
Clark and O'Malley exchange more angry e-mails over the investigation. The mayor writes the investigation does not help "in defending the confidential nature of the Howard County report which we litigate 7 days ahead of election day."

Oct. 28, 2004
Clark and O'Malley announce violent crime has dropped 40 percent in Baltimore since 1999.

Nov. 1, 2004
Clark issues internal memo about an investigation into the theft and subsequent recovery of a Police Department laptop computer.

Nov. 2, 2004
After losing at the Court of Special Appeals, O'Malley releases the report.

Nov. 4, 2004
Clark sends another internal memo saying that "graphic material" was discovered on the computer and that police will investigate "if any issues of criminality exist."

Nov. 8, 2004
Police internal investigative division officials brief federal prosecutors and agents on their investigation into the computer.

Nov. 10, 2004
O'Malley fires Clark, names Hamm as successor. 2004

Nov. 16, 2004
Clark files a lawsuit against O'Malley over the firing.