Despite the corruption that has sometimes flourished in plainclothes squads such as the Gun Trace Task Force, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison says such units still have a place in the city — particularly amid its relentless violence and other crime.
But Harrison vows to institute better training and better controls.
He says it’s not a matter of eliminating so-called proactive policing, but rather of doing it correctly. “It just has to be done in a constitutional way,” he said.
Some in the community say the officers in these units are not trusted and shouldn’t be on the streets, especially while investigators are still assessing the seeds of the gun task...