Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts wants to stop sending officers out on low-priority 911 calls, expand foot patrols and create a unit focused on investigating incidents in which police use force.
By By Justin George, Justin Fenton and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore police say they stopped citizens 123,000 times last year but found only nine handguns — a figure civil rights advocates say is so implausible that it raises questions about whether the agency is actually monitoring the conduct of officers on the streets.
Law enforcement in Maryland is "unwittingly" being turned into a tool of the federal immigration authorities by agreeing to hold people wanted by Department of Homeland Security, the ACLU said Tuesday.
The investiture of Yolanda L. Curtin on Friday afternoon to the bench of the Harford County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon turned a tide in the county. Curtin will forever be an integral part of the history of Harford County.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is approving claims for post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from military sexual assault or harassment at rates that are "significantly lower" than those for PTSD from combat and other causes, advocacy groups said Thursday.
The City Council on Monday postponed a vote on the ban at the request of the legislation's sponsor, Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, who said proponents want to target the ban within 10 feet of outdoor dining — rather than entire commercial districts — and within five feet of a parking meter or kiosk and on pedestrian bridge or at the entrance to a stairwell.
The longtime Maryland tradition of Senior Week, in which high school graduates swarm to the beach for sun and not entirely legal fun, is in the spotlight after Maryland attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler was photographed in the middle of a party where underage kids were drinking.
The lives of the Baltimore teens are among the thousands influenced by George Soros, a billionaire philanthropist who decided 15 years ago that the city, with severe crime and poverty and just enough potential, was ripe for an experiment unlike any other. The Open Society Institute field office in Baltimore was designed as a social justice laboratory to keep students engaged in school, confront drug addiction, reduce incarceration and grow an army of advocates.
Asking for money near Baltimore restaurants, shops or parking meters would be outlawed under legislation some City Council members say is needed to make residents and visitors feel safer. The proposal, which heads to the full council for its consideration on Nov. 4, faces opposition from advocates for the homeless and free speech groups, who say broadly limiting panhandling violates the Constitution.
The city's Board of Estimates is set to approve Wednesday a nearly $100,000 payment to the American Civil Liberties Union to settle a long-standing federal lawsuit over protesters' rights in Baltimore.
The three Democrats vying to be governor all have plans to expand such programs, eventually offering publicly funded pre-kindergarten to every Maryland youngster whose parents want it. The proposals have been met with enthusiasm from the party base and in education circles.
By By Erin Cox and Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Martin O'Malley clashed publicly Wednesday over how to drive down crime in Baltimore, stoking a widening political debate after a violent summer in Maryland's largest city.
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman is holding a series of public meetings on the county's new stormwater fee; meanwhile, the County Council is considering exempting all nonprofit organizations from paying the fee.
With city leaders pushing to impose earlier curfews on Baltimore's youth, civil liberties advocates and researchers say such measures don't deter crime and truancy and lead to police targeting children from poorer areas.
Matthew D. Green thought his regular contributions to the growing public discourse on controversial online surveillance by the National Security Agency represented an achievement his superiors at the Johns Hopkins University would encourage. Then he got an email from the dean of the engineering school.
Half a century ago this Wednesday, as a bright sun climbed the sky above downtown Washington, Douglas B. Sands, then 29, stood a few hundred feet from the Lincoln Memorial and looked out over the National Mall in wonder.
A task force that investigated the Anne Arundel County Police Department found an agency that's been reeling from the scandal involving former county executive John R. Leopold, and needs to have its executive protection unit disbanded and replaced with special police officers.
The Supreme Court is expected to review a case challenging an upstate New York town's practice of having clergy members lead prayers before government meetings. Baltimore-area cities and counties have varying practices for prayer at government meetings.