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By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Andy Joyce drove his tow truck just after midnight to a West Baltimore service call, where he met a mother and small child waiting with their disabled vehicle. It was Nov. 1, 2010, and the 23-year-old had only worked a few weeks for Gordon Kelly's Quick Response towing company. It was the end of his shift. The mother and child got a ride from someone as Joyce lowered his truck's bed to tow the Dodge Durango near Mosher Street and Druid Hill Avenue. About two hours later, a passerby noticed the truck's door open, engine running, and Joyce slumped inside.
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By Stephanie Rawlings-Blake | October 7, 2014
In Dan Rodricks ' recent column (" Mayor Should Have Seen Troubling Brutality Trend ," Oct. 4) Mr. Rodricks asks a fair question. Noting that I have been a member of the Board of Estimates for the past seven years - both as mayor and City Council president - he asks if I recognized the troubling trend in excessive force court judgments before an article citing years-old cases appeared in The Baltimore Sun. Mr. Rodricks is forgiven for,...
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Luke Broadwater, Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner outlined Tuesday a sweeping plan to reduce police brutality, including the possibility of equipping officers with body cameras, while reiterating that they are committed to restoring public trust in the agency. "We didn't create these problems, but as leadership in charge today, it's our obligation to do everything that we can to fix the breach between the community and police," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said about the 41-page report outlining their plans.
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By Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Baltimore homicide detectives were investigating a double homicide in Northwest Baltimore and a woman's murder in a Fells Point - marking seven homicides in the first six days of October. Police also were investigating two other nonfatal shootings, in North and Southwest Baltimore. The double homicide occurred in the 5200 block of Denmore Ave., near Pimlico Race Course , at about 1:27 a.m. Tuesday. Police were called for a report of "suspicious activity" at a home and found the door to the residence open.
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By Mark Puente and Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
As Baltimore Police Department officials prepare for a Department of Justice probe into allegations of brutality, leaders of the local police union criticized the outside scrutiny and said it could make city streets less safe. A host of reforms, along with a strategic plan unveiled last year, shows the department is serious about improving its relationship with the community, Fraternal Order of Police President Robert Cherry said Monday. The new federal scrutinty could make city officers fearful of being second-guessed and lead to ineffective policing, he added.
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Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
While hospitalized with a fractured ankle and broken jaw, John Bonkowski reached for his smartphone to find details about the man who beat him outside a parking garage near the Inner Harbor. He typed "Officer Michael McSpadden" into Google. The results stunned Bonkowski. He found references showing that the longtime Baltimore officer had been accused in three separate civil lawsuits: of kicking and stomping a woman, of breaking a man's wrist and of beating a man unconscious with a police baton.
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By Bernard C. "Jack" Young | October 3, 2014
As I view the constant protesting by residents of Ferguson, Mo., nearly two months after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager, I know that it's only a matter of time before the streets of Baltimore are filled with the same sustained clarion call for justice that has rocked the once inconspicuous Midwestern city. On the surface, the city of Baltimore and Ferguson are worlds apart. With a population nearly 30 times larger than Ferguson, Baltimore is a major American city and cultural hub. From Francis Scott Key to H.L. Mencken to Thurgood Marshall, Baltimore has produced more than its fair share of American icons.
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Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a civil rights investigation into allegations of brutality and misconduct by the Baltimore Police Department, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Friday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Batts requested the probe after a six-month investigation by The Baltimore Sun found city residents have suffered battered faces and broken bones during arrests . The city has paid $5.7 million in court judgments and settlements in 102 cases since 2011, and nearly all of the people who received payouts were cleared of criminal charges, according to the investigation published this week.
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Julie Rothman and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Cara Kohler of Baltimore wanted the recipe for the delicious cheesy baked grits casserole served at a cookout over the summer. She said she had never enjoyed grits as much as she did these, and they seemed to be a hit with everyone at the party. Tracy Swindel , also of Baltimore, shared her go-to recipe for baked grits from "The Lady & Sons: Savannah Country Cookbook" by Paula Deen . Swindel said she frequently makes this dish for large gatherings because it can be made ahead of time and the recipe doubles well if you are feeding a crowd.
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September 29, 2014
Having spent 47 years in state and local government, I have a pretty good feel for impending fiscal year budget problems ( "Apocalypse? Not now," Sept. 26). The very quietly issued projections for the next fiscal year for the state budget are concerning. That the state has already, also very quietly, issued a one month moratorium on new hires, from October 15th through November 15th, gives even greater concern. Usually, such steps are precursors to much more stringent budget restrictions in the ensuing fiscal year; including freezes on state hiring and scheduled pay raises and step increases for state employees.
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