Baltimore Police officer Vincent Cosom Jr. who was caught on tape beating a suspect — but remained on the streets for three months until the video was publicly revealed — was criminally charged with assault and perjury, city prosecutors announced.
Rejecting arguments by the Rawlings-Blake administration, key City Council members made clear Tuesday they plan to push ahead with legislation to equip police officers with body cameras to film their interactions with the public.
The Department of Justice official in charge of the review of the Baltimore Police Department cautioned that the review is not an "overnight venture" and will take time to change an internal culture that has led to widespread distrust among residents.
A high-ranking Baltimore police commander who the agency said had stepped down for "personal reasons" in April was charged Wednesday with theft for allegedly falsifying information to obtain a salary increase.
As officials prepare to announce details Monday on a federal probe of the city police department, some community leaders are raising questions about the relationship between the police commissioner and a key Department of Justice official.
The sharp reduction in violent crime that occurred on Martin O'Malley's watch as mayor of Baltimore is a central theme of the speech he gives as he travels the country and lays the groundwork for a presidential campaign. But ongoing criticism from the city's current mayor could focus attention on an aspect of O'Malley's crime-fighting record he never mentions in New Hampshire or Iowa: A soaring arrest rate during his tenure in Baltimore that angered civil rights groups and locked the city into a
As city leaders welcomed the newest class of police officers to the force, they called on the graduates to act with integrity and professionalism, helping to change the culture of a department that has come under scrutiny for police brutality.
It's hard to avoid concluding that the confidentiality clause in Baltimore police brutality settlements is meant to protect those who govern the city, rather than those in whose name the city is governed. And in this regard — as, alas, in so many others — Baltimore embodies in an acute form one of the country's broader failures: the lack of accountability among our leaders for their extensive misbehavior.
Although Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review allegations of brutality in the city's police department, some civic leaders called Thursday for a more far-reaching — and hard-hitting — federal investigation.
The 20-year-old man who police believed was a suspect in the killing of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott was expected to be released from jail Wednesday after two months without being charged in the murder.
Mr. Rodricks is forgiven for, perhaps, confusing me with other elected leaders who credited The Sun with informing them of this ongoing problem of excessive force within the Baltimore Police Department. As the city's top executive, I don't have the luxury of being in the dark about much of anything. My job requires that I read all information pertaining to our city's agencies, remain abreast of the latest development, and make the hard decisions when necessary.
While the Department of Justice prepares to investigate the Baltimore Police Department, leaders of the city's police union say the scrutiny could lead to unsafe streets as officers fear the outside scrutiny.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won praise from clergy and community leaders Friday after calling for a federal investigation into allegations of police brutality — a move that is all but certain to draw added scrutiny on City Hall. But careful observers noted the request from Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts came hours after another official — City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young — raised his hand to invite the U.S. Department of Justice in for
Citing "disturbing reports of police misconduct," City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young asked Department of Justice today to conduct a full review of the Baltimore Police Department's polices, procedures and practices. Baltimore police brutality
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts answered questions Tuesday about a violent arrest late Monday outside an East Baltimore nightclub. A bystander captured the arrest on video using a cell phone.
Even as the Baltimore Police Department faces criticism over its handling of an officer caught on video punching a suspect, an outside audit of the Internal Affairs Division raises alarming questions on how well the agency investigates officers accused of misconduct.