Outgoing Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, who resigned Tuesday, will not receive the same large severance package received by his two predecessors, who were fired “without cause” by the last two mayors, according to his contract. But he will get other benefits.
Attorneys for Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. began his defense at his administrative trial in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday by calling a series of police witnesses whose testimony highlighted policy and training failures by the city police department.
Many in the Baltimore Police Department took notice of Lt. Kenny Butler's outspokenness after last year's unrest, and last month elected him first vice president of the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 — making him the highest-ranking black officer in the organization's history.
Some 300 troops from the Maryland National Guard drilled for a deadly outbreak of a bird-flu-like disease this week that they envisage would spread panic in urban areas and require the killing of chickens by the barnful.
Months after asking the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore police force, Commissioner Anthony W. Batts went before a City Council committee to detail how much force officers used during arrests.
In an effort to stem Baltimore's tide of violence, police commanders plan to send as many as 250 officers who are normally assigned to desk jobs and specialized support units out to patrol some of the city's hardest-hit neighborhoods.
The group's 79-page independent report, which then-Commissioner Anthony W. Batts requested as an outside check on his department's self-evaluation after the unrest, is set to be released publicly on Monday. Produced with direct input from police commanders and other stakeholders and partners in the department's response to the unrest, it provides new, top-level explanations for consequential decisions and new details that bolster existing criticisms. It also highlights gaps in knowledge about
Brutality allegations have not been uncommon in Baltimore Police Department - a Sun investigation last fall revealed that the city had paid nearly $6 million since 2011 in court judgments and settlements in lawsuits alleging police misconduct.
Baltimore erupted Monday, in the first major riot since the late 1960s. What began as a confrontation between police and high school students at Mondawmin Mall escalated into fiery destruction in parts of East and West Baltimore.
Paul Banach, director of the Baltimore Police Department's Professional Development and Training Academy since June of last year, has resigned and will be replaced by the commander of the department's Northwestern District, police officials confirmed Thursday.
The ¿interim¿ tag on Davis¿s title was no small thing. It suggested that Davis was merely a temp, a fill-in between the commissioner Rawlings-Blake hired and fired, Anthony Batts, and some other unnamed commish.
Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said city police officers are working as hard as ever through a "tough summer" mired by violence, and said many officers the department were "disappointed" and took offense to recent comments made by former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.
Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday night that officers "took a knee" after the April riots following the death of Freddie Gray, allowing crime to spike because they felt a lack of support from commanders.
There was a protest this weekend to mark the anniversary of Mike Brown at the hands of then-police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. A small group, organized by the People's Power Assembly and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, gathered at Penn and North on a bright warm Saturday. About a half an hour in, as speakers took turns at the mic, Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis walked up with a couple other cops.
The Lutherville-based psychology firm being investigated for rushing mental health screenings of prospective Baltimore police officers also treated — and cleared for duty — an officer who killed herself last year with her service weapon after an extended battle with bipolar disorder and depression.
In a recent Dan Rodricks' column, he offered three categories of Baltimoreans' views on Sheila Dixon's run for mayor. We suggest a subdivision of the "Bring Her Back" category: citizens who are not Dixon loyalists and are disappointed by her ethical lapses, but consider her petty personal avarice outweighed by her greater public virtues. Let us compare her to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Emails would also begin pouring into Batts and Rawlings-Blake's email boxes the same day — and continue through that Saturday — from a separate online campaign to end the curfew that was organized by the American Civil Liberties Union and signed by residents across the city and all across the state, from Oakland in far Western Maryland to Salisbury on the Eastern Shore.