Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III is at a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing this morning. He's in the audience to support federal assistance in combating crime, according to a department spokesman.
The city's top cop is not scheduled to testify, but the spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said a question or two could be directed his way. The oversight hearing is addressing concerns about the ATF Fast and Furious program, which has come under heavy criticism for allowing guns to be purchased in the U.S. and transported to Mexico where they were used by drug cartels.
Watch the hearing here.
Here is some background on fast and furious, from the New York Times.
If Bealefeld testifies, it will be his latest moment in the spotlight. He was just on CBS 60 Minutes talking about how police officers misuse Tasers.
Guglielmi said Bealefeld is not present to support Fast and Furious. The spokesman released this statement on the commissioner's presence:
"In Baltimore, we have worked tirelessly with our federal partners to get hundreds of violent gun offenders off the streets. This has resulted in a historic reduction of homicides -- to the lowest level in over 30 years. Baltimore would not have made this progress reducing gun violence without the strong support and true partnership of Attorney General Holder, United State's Attorney Rod Rosenstein and all of our federal law enforcement partners."