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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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July 20, 2014
City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts set an example for his fellow officers when he met recently with Baltimore's transgender community to discuss the murder of a 26-year-old transgender woman whose body was found in a Northwest Baltimore alley last week. The death of Mia Henderson on Wednesday, and the slaying last month of Kandy Hall, another transgender woman, sent shock waves through the LGBT community that have left many members fearful of being targeted by violence, yet reluctant to turn to police for help.
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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 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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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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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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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 | 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 Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
When Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts appeared at a recent town hall, a woman stood to ask about police brutality, a touchy topic for both residents and officers. She said she worried for her young nephew, who was frequently stopped by police. Batts' 10-minute answer ranged from the personal to the practical. He talked about his upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, drawing laughs about the fried bologna sandwiches his family ate to survive. He explained why people must sit cross-legged on curbs for officer safety, but understood police interactions can be demeaning for those detained.
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June 9, 2014
I had to laugh as I read in The Sun about the "stroll" by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ( "Rawlings-Blake, Batts stroll to show safe harbor," June 4). If this was a walk to promote "safety" downtown, why was it necessary to be surrounded by a phalanx of police officers and the city's police commissioner? I think the irony here speaks for itself. However, I salute her prudence. F. Cordell, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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June 6, 2014
The mayor's "safety walk" would have been more impressive if she had taken it after sundown - and if she hadn't been accompanied by at least seven uniformed members of Baltimore's Finest, including the police commissioner ( "Rawlings-Blake, Batts stroll to show safe harbor," June 4). Ron Zaczek, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
As his security detail struggled with an armed man this month, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts held a gun to the suspect's head and punched him in the face before gaining control of the man's weapon, court documents show. Batts and his three-member security detail arrested Alante Moultrie, 20, on May 16 in the 2300 block of E. Monument St., shortly after they left the scene of a police-involved shooting. Moultrie is being held without bond on drug and gun charges. According to charging documents, Batts' driver pulled over for an unspecified reason and members of the detail - dressed in suits - approached six men standing in front of a deli.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
A group of students on a tour of South Africa led by Stevenson University was robbed on Sunday while traveling in Pretoria, a school spokeswoman said. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred about 1 p.m. local time in the South African capital, spokeswoman Glenda LeGendre said. College officials said Monday that the students and chaperones will be returning home by the end of the week. The university made the decision to cut the five-week tour short to ensure their well-being.
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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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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 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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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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