Dixon reviewing rule on police shootings

March 12, 2009|By Justin Fenton and Annie Linskey | Justin Fenton and Annie Linskey,justin.fenton@baltsun.com annie linskey @baltsun.com

Mayor Sheila Dixon is reviewing a new Police Department policy of withholding the names of officers who shoot civilians, her spokesman said last night.

The decision comes as the policy is under increasing scrutiny from the City Council. Earlier in the day, City Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young had called for the resignations of Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III and his chief spokesman over what the councilman called misleading arguments in favor of the policy.

Bealefeld and police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi say the policy protects officers from possible retribution. The commissioner has noted 23 threats against officers last year.

However, The Baltimore Sun reported this week that none of the threats the department deemed serious in the past two years were related to police shootings.

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