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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2010
A man walked into Good Samaritan Hospital early Friday morning with gunshot wounds, according to Baltimore Police. The man, 24, had been shot in the right hand and the buttock, police said. He came in at 2:49 a.m., according to police, who had no further information, including where the shooting took place. Text BUSINESS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun Business text alerts
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Two City Councilmen plan to submit legislation today requiring every police officer in Baltimore to wear a body camera that records audio and video as the officers go about their jobs. Warren Branch, chairman of the council's public safety committee, and Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's proposal would permit the Baltimore Police Department to phase-in use of the body cameras during the first year after the bill, if approved, becomes law. The bill comes amid a series of high-profile allegations of police misconduct in Baltimore and around the country.
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February 19, 2011
A well-groomed police officer commands respect for himself, his position and the city he serves ( "Baltimore police to bring back inspections unit," Feb. 16). And, how can he enforce the law when he does not obey it by neglecting to wear seat belts? Welcome back Maj. Marty Davenport. Margaret Pagan, Baltimore
NEWS
September 17, 2014
The suspension of a Baltimore City police officer this week after a videotape surfaced showing him violently assaulting a citizen in June appears to confirm what has become a depressing pattern: A brutal attack that should have merited a swift response from authorities was instead met with a passive indifference - inaction that could easily be interpreted as an attempt to cover up the brutality of the crime. Sound familiar? It should, given the furor over the publication recently of a video showing the Ravens' Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, unconscious in at Atlantic City casino hotel elevator in February.
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June 2, 2012
Sometimes the simplest solution to a problem is the most elusive. I'm no expert on police deployment, but it seems to make sense that reassigning patrolling officers to higher-crime areas would be a good first step in protecting the city and its citizens. One example of this plan should be an immediate cutback of traffic enforcement after dark when the need is far less, and redeploying these traffic officers into high-risk crime areas and undermanned tourist areas as foot patrolmen.
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July 2, 2014
Increasingly concerned about incidents involving the Baltimore police, I read the article concerning the review board and its lack of authority ( "Civilian police review board floundering," June 30). I would not want the police to think nobody cares or is watching or think that its business as usual when officers go looking for trouble and get no real discipline. Two men in Northwood say they have been stopped and beaten by the same two cops and now have joined in a civil suit.
EXPLORE
August 18, 2011
WESTMINSTER - The Westminster Police Department this week asked the public's assistance with its investigation of a series of gasoline thefts in the Westminster area. Police said it had received reports of four storage shed burglaries and one theft in the western portion of the city in the Royer Road and Uniontown Road area since mid-July. In each case, only plastic fuel containers of gasoline have been stolen. Investigators said the crimes had all occurred during the "hours of darkness," and in several cases locks were forcibly removed to gain access.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Baltimore Police have identified three recent homicide victims, and are asking for the public's help in solving the cases.  Recent days have seen a burst of violence with 11 people shot between Tuesday and Wednesday night. The fatal victims were identified as: -Montel Gresham, 19, was fatally shot in the 3100 block of Cliftmont Ave on Monday night.  -Robert Tucker, 25, was fatally shot in the 1600 Cliftview Dr. early Wednesday morning. -Xaiver Lewis, 25, was fatally shot in the 2800 Ashland Ave. on Wednesday night.  Police were asking anyone with information to call detectives at 410-396-2100.  #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By Mary Gail Hare and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2011
City police have identified two men fatally shot in different parts of Baltimore on Sunday. Demetrius Sowers, 33, of Catonsville was standing in a parking lot in the 3400 block of Clifton Ave. at 9:30 p.m., when he was approached by an unknown person, police said. Sowers fled from the assailant and was shot while running across Clifton Avenue. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m. Earlier Sunday, at about 3:12 a.m., police said they were called to the 2900 block of Edgecombe Circle South for a report of gunshots, and found 23-year-old Derrell Burrow, of the 5000 block of Palmer Ave., lying in a grassy area near an alley.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2012
City police have arrested and charged a 32-year-old man with first-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred in the summer of 2007 in East Baltimore, in the same block in which the suspect lived. Phillip Herrell, of the 900 block of E. Preston St., was ordered held without bail on Thursday. In addition to the murder count, he was charged with two counts of assault and using a handgun in a violent crime, according to court records. The arrest stems from a shooting that occurred June 9, 2007 on East Preston Street that claimed the life of Melvin Jordan, 32, who lived in the 600 block of N. Lakewood Ave. Police said Jordan was shot in the head about 1:30 a.m. and found on the sidewalk.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
A South Baltimore man filed a lawsuit Monday against a city police officer, accusing the officer of punching him repeatedly during a June arrest — an incident that was captured on video. Kollin Truss and Officer Vincent E. Cosom argued a few moments before the arrest, but a woman with Truss had separated the pair, and Truss was apparently walking away from police when they decided to make an arrest. "This attack was completely unprovoked and served no legitimate law enforcement purpose," Truss' attorneys, Ivan J. Bates and Tony N. Garcia, wrote in a complaint filed in Baltimore Circuit Court.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
A 29-year-old Baltimore man died in a double shooting that occurred in his neighborhood late Saturday night just a block away from Cecil Elementary School, city police reported. Police arrived at Cecil Avenue and 22nd Street in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood after receiving word of a shooting shortly before midnight. A male victim was found in the 2200 block of Cecil Avenue, shot in the left side of his torso. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5 a.m., police said.
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August 26, 2014
I join letter writer Joe Heldmann in being thankful that he sold his Ocean City rental property ( " Ocean City needs to enforce its laws," Aug. 22). He rented it out for an entire season to Russian "kids," while he slept soundly 150 miles away in Catonsville. His $25 noise ordinance fee is hardly enough to keep police officers at his condo door on a regular basis to supervise partying teenagers. I rent out two condos on a weekly basis in Ocean City through an online site.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Investigators have ruled out foul play in the death of a 38-year-old New Jersey man found dead in an Ocean City hotel early Saturday morning, police said. Jorge Troca, of Lyndhurst, N.J., was found unconscious and unresponsive in a hotel in the 4700 block of Coastal Highway at about 3 a.m., police said. Ocean City police and fire personnel treated him on the scene and took him to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 45 minutes later. Officials have not released a cause of death, pending the results of an autopsy performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland on Sunday.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Baltimore school officials are working to fill hundreds of teacher vacancies in the weeks before the school year starts, according to information presented to the school board Tuesday. With less than one month before the first day of school Aug. 25, the district was actively recruiting teachers to fill 211 vacancies. The high-need areas are in science, math, and special education. The city's number of vacancies far exceeds other area districts. In Baltimore County, which recently held a large job fair, officials reported 32 teacher vacancies, and Anne Arundel currently has 88. City school officials did not respond to inquiries about this year's vacancies.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
An independent panel created to review last year's in-custody death of Tyrone West determined that Baltimore police officers did not use excessive force but made tactical errors that "potentially aggravated the situation" and did not follow basic policies. West, 44, died on July 18, 2013, after police and witnesses said he fought with officers after being pulled over while driving through Northeast Baltimore. West's family has maintained that, based on accounts from witnesses, he was beaten to death by the officers, though an autopsy determined he died because of a heart condition exacerbated by the struggle with police and the summer heat.
NEWS
April 23, 2011
Baltimore City police are investigating a non-fatal stabbing Friday night in the Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood. Officers were called just before 11:30 p.m. to the unit block of West Preston Street where they found a man suffering from at least two stab wounds, police said. He was taken to an area hospital and police said he expected to survive his injuries. — Jessica Anderson
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By Justin Fenton and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Devastated parents and distressed police and political leaders took to the streets Saturday to plead with the Waverly community to help catch the killers of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott, whose shooting death has galvanized the city to stop a surge of violence in the past week. In a city where residents are often reluctant to cooperate or fear intimidation, their mantra was: "Say something. " "She meant a lot to everybody, especially me," the toddler's mother, 21-year-old Nina Epps, said Saturday.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
During a June meeting of leaders from Baltimore's law enforcement and judicial circles, city police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts gave a report on crime that included a surprising statistic. Half of all cars stolen in Baltimore had their keys left in the ignition, he said. The comments were made as he informed officials that car thefts had increased 4 percent compared with the same period last year. This month, he repeated the same "50 percent" estimate to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, which includes local judges, prison officials, federal and state prosecutors.
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