Police and baseball go together like, well, maybe not so much. But cops and criminals are part of this city¿s fabric, and sometimes get just as much attention, if not more, than the ballplayers themselves. Opening Day gives us a chance to look back at the times our police and our Orioles shared headline at Camden Yards.
David Simon has returned to the pages of his old newspaper with a compelling look back at a Baltimore police officer wounded in the drug war, and now in need of help himself. The blind Gene Cassidy, shot twice in the head in 1987, still works at the police training academy.
After conducting a nationwide search for a new leader for his vaunted but scuffling homicide unit, Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III instead looked inward to a trusted commander who hadn't even applied for the job. And Bealefeld said Lt. Col. Garnell Green will have his support to make changes that he deems necessary.
Donnie Andrews inspired the character, Omar, a ruthless but moral stickup man in HBO's "The Wire." Now, he seeks to use the lessons of his own criminal past to help keep Baltimore youth from following a similar path.
City leaders on Tuesday sought to cope with the fallout of Monday night's violence, and the perception that even visitors celebrating a national holiday at Baltimore's tourist playground can't be shielded from the violence that troubles other parts of town.