A month into Michael Harrison’s tenure as commissioner of one of the country’s most challenged police departments, he’s reshaping it — looking nationally for top candidates and turning a critical eye to command staff.
Ganesha Martin, an attorney who spearheaded the Baltimore Police Department’s consent decree compliance efforts before quitting last year, has been rehired by the city to serve as Mayor Catherine Pugh’s top adviser on criminal justice issues.
The Baltimore City Council's executive appointments committee has approved Mayor Catherine Pugh's nomination of Michael Harrison as police commissioner. Harrison cleared what appeared to be his next-to-last hurdle with little opposition. He's a former New Orleans Police Department superintendent.
Kevin Davis, the former Baltimore Police commissioner who helped negotiate and begin implementing policing reforms under the city’s consent decree with the Justice Department, has won a fellowship from the Open Society Foundations to write a book analyzing such agreements across the country.
Michael Harrison will start work as Baltimore's police commissioner with a much more generous contract than the past three leaders of the police department, guaranteeing him a far higher salary, raises and other perks. But the deal also makes it easier a mayor to fire Harrison.
Mayor Catherine Pugh is supporting legislation in the General Assembly to require about 50 Baltimore police commanders to live in the city. It would enable the mayor and City Council to require officials in the police department who are ranked captain or above to in live in Baltimore.
In January of last year, Baltimoreans first heard the news that Mayor Catherine Pugh would be firing the city’s police commissioner Kevin Davis. Nearly a year later, the city still lacks a permanent police chief. Below, a look at how we got here.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office says she is postponing community meetings with her nominee for police commission, Joel Fitzgerald, citing a medical issue in his family. The mayor’s office called the issue an “unexpected medical emergency having to do with his son" which requires surgery.
A woman has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Baltimore, its Police Department, several officers and officials and the state of Maryland, claiming her constitutional rights were violated during an illegal strip search nearly three years ago.
The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office asked the medical examiner’s office not to make any potential changes to the ruling on the cause of death of homicide Det. Sean Suiter, citing lingering questions about DNA evidence, according to a key member of the independent panel that reviewed his death.
A state commission investigating the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force scandal will get secret records from the police department — but will have to sign an agreement to keep them from public view.
After former Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis called on him to run for mayor, former police spokesman T.J. Smith says, "I’m going to support our current administration. My full support is behind Mayor Catherine Pugh."
T.J. Smith, the Baltimore Police Department’s chief spokesman and most consistent public face since 2015, whose local roots and empathetic outrage over city violence often endeared him to a public otherwise distrustful of the agency, has resigned, he confirmed to The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday.
Baltimore’s interim police commissioner — the third person to hold the commissioner’s seat this year — has withdrawn from consideration for the permanent job, the city solicitor told a judge this morning.
The killing of a federal witness is among the startling revelations in the racketeering case against 10 men accused of running the violent West Baltimore gang “Trained To Go.” The defendants include Montana Barronette, whom Baltimore police called the city's "No. 1 trigger-puller" in 2016.
The list released Thursday shows more than 40 names, including a mix of senior department commanders, detectives who investigated their colleague’s death, other law enforcement officials and city residents who lived near the crime scene.
The Baltimore Police Department has failed to prioritize patrol positions, leaving a 26.6 percent vacancy rate — significantly higher compared with other areas within the department — and should reconsider restructuring, a new report found.
For the sixth time in less than a decade a group taking a close look at the Baltimore Police has delivered a lengthy report on the department's failings and issued a lengthy set of recommendations on how to fix them. This time the authors warned that they can't go unheeded again.
A report by a outside panel of policing experts sets out in detail why the evidence shows Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter took his own life in November and scrutinizes the investigation into the incident.
Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who led the city force last November when Det. Sean Suiter was shot to death, is criticizing the anticipated finding by an independent review board that the fallen officer likely took his own life.
The independent panel appointed to review the death of Baltimore homicide Det. Sean Suiter has concluded that the officer likely took his own life, according to a source with knowledge of the findings.
The Baltimore police response in Harlem Park following the fatal shooting of Det. Sean Suiter “raise clear constitutional concerns,” which included unwarranted stops, pat downs and warrant checks of residents, the monitoring team overseeing the consent decree has found.
Two men who served federal prison time after Baltimore Police planted drugs on them in 2010 to justify a fatal high-speed chase filed a lawsuit Wednesday and will ask for more than $40 million in damages, according to their attorneys.
Despite back-to-back command shake-ups in the last four months, the Baltimore Police Department is holding to a reform schedule set forward under its consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, police officials said Monday.