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Baltimore's next police commissioner should be a civilian

Baltimore's next police commissioner should be a civilian

The Baltimore Police Department was "manned, equipped and financed heavily enough for modern warfare on crime, yet it is waging a primitive kind of guerrilla action marked by inefficient administrative procedures, haphazard planning and lax discipline," Richard H. Levine wrote in the mid-1960s, after having conducted a seven-month investigation into the department while working as an investigative reporter for The Baltimore Sun. The coverage prompted Gov. J. Millard Tawes to appoint a special state commission to study the police department. The Finan commission, as it would become known as, was led by Attorney General Thomas B. Finan.

Fifty years later, history has...

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