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.
Residents of West Baltimore urged a City Council committee Thursday to approve a $58.3 million subsidy for new large mixed-use development in the West Baltimore's Poppleton neighborhood, saying it is urgently needed after last month's unrest.
State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who announced charges in the prosecution of the Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, comes from a family steeped in law enforcement — a connection she pointedly mentioned in her news conference. But the 35-year-old prosecutor also pledged during her 2014 campaign to prosecute officers when needed, saying, "No one is above the law."
The six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray – who died last month after being injured in police custody – have been charged criminally, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday.
After hearing complaints from residents about potholes and other quality-of-life issues, City Council members demanded answers Monday from the Cabinet official whose agency uses data to monitor city services.
Two influential City Councilmen introduced legislation Monday requiring every police officer in Baltimore to wear a body camera within a year — a move they argue would cut down on police brutality in the aftermath of several high-profile misconduct allegations.
Traffic camera giant Redflex has been lobbying the Rawlings-Blake administration and City Council to take over Baltimore's once-lucrative speed and red light camera network — stressing that it should not be judged by an unfolding scandal in Chicago in which a former top company official is charged with bribery.
A resolution seeking to restore and preserve funding for two programs that target the city's gifted students was introduced in the City Council on Monday, as city political leaders described a disinvestment in the city schools' top achievers.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will unveil a nearly $2.5 billion budget Wednesday that would not cut Baltimore services for the first time since before the recession and would give city employees a cost-of-living raise.
The Rawlings-Blake administration's efforts to slash Baltimore's long-term deficit has run into a bump — more than $100 million in new police, education and other expenses now expected over the next decade.