The state of policing in Baltimore reminds me of New York City where I lived as a law student in the 1970s. The New York Police Department was rife with corruption and poor leadership, which had led to mistreatment of residents. Officers were found to have planted evidence and stolen money and drugs from drug dealers. Officers abused overtime and routinely took bribes. Officers abused the public trust placed in them to enrich themselves. The commanders, captains, lieutenants and sergeants had either become part of the corruption or they were totally incompetent. Sound familiar? The city's mayor appointed a blue ribbon commission, the Knapp Commission, to investigate the department.