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September 16, 2013
Over the years there have any number of citizen complaints about police use of excessive force and other misconduct, including some high-profile cases where suspects died while in custody. But too often investigations into such complaints end in a situation where it's the witnesses' word against the officers', leaving neither side feeling that justice has been done. That's why we were intrigued by Baltimore City Del. Frank Conaway Jr.'s proposal last week to require police in Maryland to wear tiny cameras that record all their interactions with the public.
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Dan Rodricks | September 7, 2013
Of the many words from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in the matter of Meredith Cross v. Baltimore City Police Department, I like these best: "Costs to be paid by appellant. " That's double-good news for city taxpayers: We're on the hook for neither the back salary of a police officer who married a convicted murderer nor for the costs of bringing an audacious appeal of her firing to court. What we have here is formal affirmation that a woman has a right to marry anyone she wishes, including a gangster, but not a right to be a Baltimore cop. That was pretty much the court's conclusion Tuesday in the Cross case, echoing Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. from late-19th-century Massachusetts.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
It is impossible to watch the highly touted new AMC drama “Low Winter Sun” without thinking of HBO's “The Wire.” I tried. But as I watched the first two episodes of the crime drama set and filmed in Detroit, I kept flashing back to “The Wire” - in a good way. Based on a British miniseries, “Low Winter Sun,” which premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday, tells the story of a Detroit police detective, Frank Agnew (Mark Strong), who with the help of his partner kills another detective in an act of vengeance.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
Reacting to recent television news segments showing multiple Baltimore police officers asleep on the job, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts sent his officers a stern warning. The commissioner's email to all sworn officers comes after WBFF-TV Fox 45 began recently putting pictures on its newscasts and website of pictures sent in from viewers of uniformed officers in squad cars allegedly snoozing behind the wheel. In the email, Batts notes the strain police are under.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
If the cops have so much free time that they can do night time programs to see if I am wearing my seat belt then something is wrong. Maybe instead of protecting me from myself they should protect me from the "Public Enemy No. 1" Black Guerrilla Family and the trucking company that caused the accident with the train this week. Then the cops would be doing something to protect me from others. Or take that time to protect me from people texting and driving like fools. Last weekend I went to my cabin in the woods near Paw Paw, W. Va., and I saw one cop the entire 90-mile ride each way on Interstate 70. But I saw a few stupid drivers texting who were making it dangerous for others on the road.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2013
Update: It looks like West was able to prevail, to an extent: At about 9 p.m., Def Jam Records tweeted that a projection would take place on the Walters Art Museum, 45 minutes earlier than the originally scheduled time in what appeared to be an attempt to buck the cancellation announced by city police earlier in the day. Twitter user @Milly_Esquire posted several pictures that appeared to show just that. "Attention Baltimore: Let's beat the cops," Deaf Jam then tweeted at 9:40.
NEWS
March 5, 2013
Commentator Liz Ryan claims that "the current system of law enforcement in schools doesn't work and needs an overhaul" ("More cops in schools isn't the solution," March 1). I do not concur. While compelled to make spending reductions in other parts of the county budget, one area where I authorized an increase was in the police department budget to increase the number of school resource officers in country middle schools. Eleven of the 19 middle schools currently have SROs, and legislation I recommended this year to the General Assembly would allow slot machine gambling proceeds to be used to increase that number as well as enhance mental health initiatives.
NEWS
By Liz Ryan | February 28, 2013
In response to the Newtown tragedy in December, the Obama administration proposed a package of reforms, including a proposal to provide $150 million for local jurisdictions to hire new school resource officers (SROs) or counselors and $4 billion for the Community Oriented Police (COPS) program, which can also be used to hire law enforcement in schools. Members of Congress will be considering these proposals in the appropriations process and have introduced a number of others that would authorize more law enforcement officers in schools.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | January 30, 2013
Those who criticize the John Leopold case - that it was "too much squeeze for too little juice," a waste of taxpayer money - should read the 40-page memorandum by Dennis M. Sweeney, the judge who presided over the Anne Arundel County executive's trial. It is a superb document that navigates through foggy territory - how and when an elected official deploys the police officers provided by taxpayers for his protection - and draws a clear line between the criminal and the just creepy, between use and abuse.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
Baltimore County police have arrested an 18-year-old Essex man, charging him with the attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of an off-duty police officer. Michael Jabateh, 18, of the 100 block of Commodore Drive, faces eight charges and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center in connection with the shooting of Officer Moorer on Dec. 9 outside an Overlea party. Officials did not release Moorer's first name. Jabateh was arrested on Thursday after police conducted a surveillance operation in the 100 block of Orville Road in Essex.
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