Baltimore police commanders acknowledge that they ordered officers not to engage rioters multiple times on the day of Freddie Gray's funeral but said they did so to protect officers and citizens as they prioritized life over property.
Baltimore police commissioner: Reform efforts will very likely see more police officers arrested... I will not apologize for bringing professionalism and integrity to the forefront while eliminating greed, corruption and intolerance from the rank and file.
A dispute between Baltimore police, the police union and the mayor's office played out in public Tuesday as the union released a statement questioning the department's commitment to reform, while police and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake accused the Fraternal Order of Police of misleading the public.
The suggestion by that the people of Baltimore have to choose between a police force that inflicts harm and injustice to achieve public safety or a police force that stands down and lets the bad guys run amok creates a false choice, one that the people of Baltimore should soundly reject and that the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts should publicly repudiate.
Baltimore police announced the arrests of two men in the death of a 16-year-old girl and the indictments of 11 members of a suspected drug crew they say might be responsible for some of the violence that has roiled the city in recent weeks.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said the spike in killings in the city in recent weeks is "backlogging" investigatory efforts, resulting in a drop in his department's homicide clearance rate.
The Drug Enforcement Agency on Thursday released photographs of nine people officials say are connected with the looting of Baltimore pharmacies of prescription drugs during the April unrest related to the death of Freddie Gray.
Pharmacy chain Rite Aid released a statement Wednesday warning that customers with prescriptions in Baltimore stores looted during recent unrest in the city may have had their personal medical information stolen.
Amid conflicting statements from Commissioner Anthony Batts and the Baltimore Police Department about the number of officers terminated for misconduct, the agency on Wednesday released new statistics showing the number is higher than previously described.
As the nation watched the Baltimore unrest that followed Freddie Gray's death, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters that he had worked for years to address brutality and other misconduct on the force. "Whether it's from terminating 50 employees over the last two years for misconduct within this organization ... whether it's standing here taking tough questions during tough times. We're gonna continue to serve the city in a strong way." But Batts significantly overstated the number of
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said Wednesday that he's trying to clear up "confusion" about the legal risks officers face, amid a sharp decline in the number of arrests since six on the force were charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts apologized to the city's officers Tuesday night, saying he put them in harm's way during the Freddie Gray unrest last month. The Baltimore Sun has obtained an audio recording of his comments.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts are "examining" whether a sharp decrease in arrests is contributing to May becoming the deadliest month in Baltimore since the 1990s.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday that the Justice Department will examine the best options to improve the Baltimore Police Department in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death, and a full-scale civil rights investigation has not been ruled out.