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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2011
Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III outlined the city's Independence Day security plan Monday evening, in the wake of an early morning shooting downtown near the Inner Harbor, where thousands are expected to gather tonight for the fireworks. "Several hundred uniformed and plainclothes police officers" from the city, as well as the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Transit Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority were deployed to "ensure that we have a secure and safe July 4 t h celebration," Bealefeld said.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts met with students at KIPP charter schools Friday to ease their fears, a day after a visiting college student's tripod was mistaken for a gun, setting off an hours-long lockdown. "I have a young child who goes to school not far from here," Rawlings-Blake said afterward. "I live not too far from here, so this was something that was very personal. I'm just so proud of the students, the teachers, the administrators and all the first responders who did everything right.
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December 3, 2009
A former Baltimore police commissioner has lost another round in his five-year legal battle challenging his firing. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., upheld Wednesday a lower court's dismissal of Kevin Clark's federal lawsuit. Clark also has unsuccessfully sought reinstatement in Maryland's state courts. Clark and two high-ranking deputies were fired in 2004 by then-Mayor Martin O'Malley. The officers alleged in their federal lawsuit that the mayor and other officials had violated their constitutional rights by having police seize their badges and other equipment and escort them from the building.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts will meet with members of the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community this month to answer questions, address concerns and share progress that has been made within the department in the last year. The April 14 community forum, organized by the police department's LGBT Advisory Commission that was founded last year, follows a lightly-attended hate-crime forum in Mount Vernon in October , where Batts and many of his top brass nearly outnumbered the attendees.
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June 13, 2012
Once again our elected leaders in Baltimore have shown that you don't have to be the brightest bulb in the room to have enough common sense to appoint a search committee to find a new city police chief. Two or three of the panel members now lead their own police forces, so they know what best practices are and what it takes to lead the fight against crime. Joe Heming
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Baltimore Sun reporter | May 3, 2012
This official biography of Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III was provided by the Baltimore Police Department. Frederick H. Bealefeld, III was appointed Police Commissioner of the City of Baltimore, Maryland on November 20th, 2007 and commands the eighth largest police agency in the United States. With over three decades of service to the Baltimore Police Department, Commissioner Bealefeld is credited with reducing city homicides and violent crime to the lowest levels since the 1970's.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
Anthony W. Batts was officially sworn in Thursday as Baltimore's 37th police commissioner, pledging to build trust with the community while continuing to reduce violent crime. Batts, who spent three decades with departments in California, has been guiding the city police force since his arrival in late September following the retirement of agency veteran Frederick H. Bealefeld III. The city's homicide numbers are on track to rise compared to last year, when Baltimore saw fewer than 200 killings for the first time since the 1970s, but overall gun violence continues to trend downward.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2010
Baltimore's top prosecutor accused the city's police commissioner Friday of using the power of his badge to help her opponent in next month's primary State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said in a statement that Frederick H. Bealefeld III has broken years of precedent with "overt actions … to influence the outcome of an election" — which she warned "can only lead to divisiveness and distrust in the community. " Jessamy said it was "unprecedented and inappropriate" for the city's top police officer to put a campaign sign on his lawn.
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By Peter Hermann and Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2012
However Baltimore's plain-spoken police commissioner is remembered, when he departs on the first day of August, he will leave his successor a challenging target. The number 200. That is the standard by whichFrederick H. Bealefeld III's successor will be measured. Under his watch, Baltimore recorded 196 homicides in 2011, breaking a symbolic barrier that eluded nine previous chiefs, all the way back to 1977. Fairly or unfairly, the mayor and commissioner - along with the city as a whole - have been judged and have judged themselves on the annual body count.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2012
A group of children play ball in the courtyard after dark as Anthony W. Batts walks through a high-crime West Baltimore public housing project wrapped around the Edgar Allan Poe House. It's quiet here, with an officer permanently stationed on-site, but the new police commissioner's department is dealing with problems across the city - two people will be killed in shootings by the end of the night. As Batts travels through Baltimore to learn on the job about his new town, he'll also get a close look at the uneven relationship between police and the community.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Baltimore's state senators pressed police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts on Thursday to address city residents' fears in the aftermath of the spate of killings that started the year. Batts tried to assure them that he was "just as upset as you are" and that "we're going to respond. " During the meeting in Annapolis with the city's six senators, all Democrats, Batts said he has been reorganizing the Police Department since his arrival in 2012 and that, with the exception of homicides and auto thefts, crime is significantly lower overall in the city than it has been historically.
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By Jim Giza | February 7, 2014
Before I retired as a sergeant from the Baltimore Police Department in 1996 after 23 years of service, I had worked in a variety of staff positions. Given my background, I probably know more than the average Baltimorean about how difficult a job being the police commissioner can be without a competent staff to offload the pressure to comment on every criminal incident occurring in the city. Recent quotes by city Commissioner Anthony Batts tell me he needs a surrogate like the late Dennis Hill - a former journalist who served for 22 years as the director of public information for the police department - to help him vent his spleen about how he feels about violent crime in the city in a much more constructive, less defensive manner, and perhaps tutor him about how to talk extemporaneously.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
For the second time in her life, Grace Leto will have to bury a child. In 1983, she said, her 18-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident in Baltimore. On Friday, another daughter, Kimberly Leto, 51, was stabbed to death after she happened upon two teenagers attempting to burglarize her home, Baltimore police said. "She was a very vibrant, wonderful woman," Grace Leto, 78, said by phone. "I can't really talk about it. " Baltimore District Judge Rachel E. Cogen on Monday called Leto's murder "a tragedy … on all accounts" as she ordered suspects Alonzo Gorham-Ramos, 14, and Allen Pinkney, 16, held pending further developments in the case.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts in a radio interview on Thursday evening expressed doubt that marijuana should be legalized.  Batts, responding to a question from host Anthony McCarthy on WEAA, discussed his own upbringing in describing his view on marijuana, which recently became legal in two states. Batts said he grew up in a poor neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles, but attend a "very rich" high school 90 minutes away. He said the students there were children of movie directors, lawyers and bankers.  "Those kids experimented with drugs, but when they went to a certain age, they dropped those habits and went into corporate America," Batts said.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
When Bishop Lee Robinson Jr. was 3 years old, he'd sit on the front steps at night and wait for his father, a police officer, to return home. At that time in the mid-1950s, African-American officers in Baltimore weren't assigned squad cars. Instead, Robinson's father - who would become the city's first African-American police commissioner - rode the bus to and from his beat. "In those days, police officers carried nightsticks, and I'd watch him come around the corner, swinging that nightstick," Robinson, now an Ellicott City attorney, recounted Saturday before the funeral service for his father.
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January 17, 2014
It is a shame Baltimore City residents continue to be abused with shootings and murders as an everyday occurrence as the police commissioner attempts to put a good face on it by stating other crime stats are down ( "Rawlings-Blake remains confident in police chief Batts," Jan. 16). Then the mayor does a photo op walking the streets of Baltimore, with several police officers as protection, to declare this will not continue. Robbers, drug dealers and other criminals are not stupid.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young met briefly Wednesday morning with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's pick for police commissioner and pledged to support him. Young had backed an internal candidate for the post, and he declined comment Monday when word of the pick became public. But Young met privately with Anthony W. Batts, the former chief of the Long Beach and Oakland police departments in California, and said he came away impressed. Young said he was struck by Batts' stated commitment to community policing, as well as his candor.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Bishop Lee Robinson Sr., the city's first African-American police commissioner who began his 50-year law enforcement career with the Baltimore Park Police and went on to lead two state agencies, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The longtime Homeland resident was 86. After steadily rising through the ranks of the city Police Department, Mr. Robinson was named commissioner in 1984 by then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer. He went on to become the state's secretary of public safety and correctional services in Mr. Schaefer's administration and was secretary of juvenile justice under Gov. Parris N. Glendening.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday that he plans to form a commission of experts outside the city department to review the death of Tyrone West, a move denounced by the head of the city's police union as "a way to placate the public" while undermining confidence in his officers' investigations. Batts spoke at a City Council hearing called weeks ago to probe delays in the release of autopsy findings in the July death of West, a 44-year-old man who police say died after fighting officers during a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore.
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