City transportation spokesman denies `Inside Edition' report

February 18, 2005|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

A spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Transportation is disputing a report by Inside Edition that he dismissed the recent electrocution death of a dog in Charles Village with a comment that will put the city's high homicide rate in the national spotlight once again.

According to Inside Edition, city transportation spokesman David Brown told a producer investigating the Baltimore incident and others in New York and Boston, "We've got 28 murders a month ... and you're worried about some shocked dogs?"

"It was absolutely David Brown," said Jim Kelly, a spokesman for the television tabloid.

Brown denies making the statement and says the producer is trying to get back at him for making him put a request for seven years' worth of data in writing. Brown said Inside Edition may also be angry at him because he told the producer it would cost $500 to process the information.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun about an Inside Edition report on the electrocution death of a dog in Charles Village misstated WBAL's channel. WBAL is Channel 11.
The Sun regrets the error.

"I never even made that kind of a comparison at all," Brown said yesterday.

The quote was prominently displayed in an Inside Edition news release to local media yesterday, and will flash across TV screens in millions of U.S. homes when the program airs tonight. The show will air locally at 7 p.m. on WBAL (Channel 2). The quote is not attributed to Brown but to a "Department of Transportation Spokesman."

Baltimore's homicide statistics - 278 people were murdered last year - have been reported in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times as well as on CNN recently.

When Raquel Guillory, spokeswoman for Mayor Martin O'Malley, heard about the Inside Edition show, she said, "You're kidding me right? Please say you're kidding me."

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