August 22, 2013
Twenty shootings in 80 hours - and the week is still young ( "Fatal Pigtown shooting brings city count to 20 in 80 hours," Aug. 20). Did I miss the mayor's press conference in which she and the police commissioner appear on stage together with a plan to assure citizens that everything in their power is being done to stop this senseless warfare? James B. Astrachan
August 7, 2013
Baltimore police are investigating an overnight shooting in the Greenmount West neighborhood. At 2:20 a.m., police say, a man walked into Union Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right leg. The man told police that he was in the 1400 block of Guilford Avenue when an unknown suspect approached him while he was seated in his vehicle, fired one shot and fled. Central District detectives are investigating and have no suspects. The shooting was the only reported incident of violent crime after Tuesday's "National Night Out," which was celebrated across the nation and city with parades and barbecues as a way to strengthen community bonds and empower residents to take back their streets from drugs and crime.
July 13, 2013
In your article about the recent shake-up in the police department Commissioner Anthony Batts was quoted as saying: "When I got here, a lot of these people, I did not know their strengths, their weaknesses, their capabilities" ("18 Commanders promoted, other changes made as some on council voice concern," July 10). If Mr. Batts was so lacking in knowledge of the commanders of the Baltimore City Police Department, why did he decide to take the job? How much knowledge did he have of the Baltimore, and why did Baltimore hire a person who knew so little about the commanders of the city police department?
July 10, 2013
The major shake-up of the city police department command structure this week by Commissioner Anthony Batts brings to an end a months-long process during which the city's top cop has been working assiduously to put his own team in place. The transfers and promotions announced today reflect Mr. Batts' best judgment of his department's strengths and weaknesses as well as the effectiveness of the leaders he has appointed to key posts. Having put his personal stamp on the organization, he now owns it, and from this point forward he can expect to be held fully accountable for its success or failure.
July 9, 2013
Who is Baltimore's police commissioner trying to fool by blocking off the 900 block of Bennett Place ("Fears of violence strain one blood-stained block," July 8)? The problem with violence in this area is the residents' refusal to let the police know who is causing trouble in their neighborhood. The police are there to help, not provide private security at taxpayer expense. This accompanying photo of a police officer standing guard is nothing but a feel-good moment to save the commissioner's job. Police don't need to be stationed in 90-degree-plus heat to guard a neighborhood.
May 30, 2013
Anne Arundel County has launched a tip line designed to let people report possible unethical or inappropriate behavior by Anne Arundel County police. The tip line, 410-222-2400, feeds to a task force examining the agency, and is a voice mailbox where people — residents as well as county employees — can leave information. Tips can be made anonymously, though people are encouraged to leave contact information, according to a statement from County Executive Laura Neuman. Neuman, who called for an investigation into the department, said the hotline is aimed at providing confidentiality for people who want to provide information they think can help the task force.