Ganesha Martin, an attorney who spearheaded the Baltimore Police Department’s consent decree compliance efforts before quitting last year, has been rehired by the city to serve as Mayor Catherine Pugh’s top adviser on criminal justice issues.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is considering hiring a former acting Baltimore Police commissioner - a recent critic of the agency and an advocate for tougher policing tactics - for a role in City Hall where he would advise her on crime policy. Anthony Barksdale was acting commissioner in 2012.
Top city officials unanimously approved spending city funding on police reforms agreed to under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. They did so without releasing the agreement, and without specifying how much money would be spent.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who fired Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts Wednesday, has not decided on her next steps for finding a permanent replacement — a process that experts say will be challenging but could also attract top talent.
Anthony Barksdale, the city's former acting police commissioner, is leaving his post as Horseshoe Baltimore's security director four months after the casino opened. Urban casino has faced security challenges.
Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Barksdale, who was vying to take the job permanently, is taking medical leave and will be out of action "indefinitely," leaving the incoming chief without two of the agency's four highest-ranking officers.
Even as relatives and friends held a funeral Monday to mourn a young mother who was slain by a stray bullet, Baltimore police pushed to solve a spate of killings that has left 10 dead in the past 10 days.
Two brothers whose Rosedale auto shop became the focus of a federal investigation into widespread corruption in the Baltimore Police Department after a kickbacks scheme was discovered there last year were sentenced to prison Wednesday. Hernan Alexis Moreno, 32, of Rosedale received a 33-month term. His brother Edwin Javier Mejia, 29, of Middle River got a two-year sentence.