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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
Standing on the sidewalk in Reservoir Hill where his son was shot to death Monday night, Dale Webb Sr. tried to channel his grief into constructive things, like getting the locks changed for the other tenants who live in the home. More than 14 hours after the fatal shooting of Dale Webb Jr., 35, police remained inside the home, though the shooting occurred on the street. That frustrated the elder Webb, a 68-year-old retired state employee with the Department of Business and Economic Development, who was calling the mayor's office and Police Department in an attempt to get relief.
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By Justin Fenton and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Baltimore homicide detectives were investigating two killings late Sunday night and a third that occurred Monday, while two other people were reported shot and wounded. The violence continued a recent uptick for the city, with four people killed over the weekend and May concluding with 23 homicides. The previous three months, February, March and April, recorded a total of 30 killings, and for the year police statistics show violent crime remains down nearly 20 percent. Only one of the victims from Sunday night or Monday was identified by police, who did not provide possible motives or detailed accounts of the incidents.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2014
Vegetarian activists have sued in federal court two Baltimore police officers who forced them to stop leafleting at the Inner Harbor — the latest legal front after years of disputes over the constitutional rights of protesters in the city. A former Baltimore teacher and three other vegetarian activists filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court over events that took place in May 2011. The lawsuit, which does not name the city nor the Police Department, alleges the officers violated their constitutional rights.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said he wants police supervisors to evaluate whether to send officers to emergency calls at hospitals and mental health facilities, a move that brought concern from a major hospital system and the Maryland Hospital Association. Batts said the "moratorium" comes in response to an incident this month when officers were called to Good Samaritan Hospital and used a Taser on a teenage patient who later died. Eight to 10 hospital staff had been trying to restrain 19-year-old George V. King when an officer used a Taser on King five times, including four stuns applied directly to his body, according to an account from a law enforcement source.
NEWS
May 9, 2014
When Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was campaigning for her job three years ago, she proposed hiring 300 new police officers. In a city perennially worried about crime, the idea was intuitively appealing. Since then, the department has been hiring at a steady clip - on average 184 officers a year, equivalent to about 6 percent of the force. The only trouble is that during that time, the department was losing officers at a rate of 240 a year. The result is that there are actually fewer Baltimore police officers in uniform now than when the mayor took office.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Anne Arundel County police want parents to talk to their kids about sexting. The police department said in a Thursday release that it has received complaints involving "partially nude, nude, or sexually explicit photographs of juveniles" being posted on social networking sites like Instagram that reference Anne Arundel County high schools. Juveniles who send and receive nude photos of themselves or their peers can face serious legal ramifications including child pornography charges.
FEATURES
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 Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Baltimore Police plan to purchase 300 new computers for their nine police district stations, a long-needed upgrade that officials said will allow officers to work quicker and better use technology to fight crime. The agency did not provide information on how much the upgrades will cost, how the purchase is being funded, or what type of machines it is buying. Since his arrival in 2012, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts has said repeatedly that the department's equipment is well beyond its expiration date, in some cases more than 20 years old. In a news release, the agency said the older machines "do not have the capability to run modern programs used in law enforcement.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
Interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins has announced the formation of a 15-person task force to examine school start times and provide a report to the Board of Education in September. On Dec. 18, the board asked Perkins to create the task force, which will include school system personnel, officials from the Anne Arundel County Police Department and Department of Recreation and Parks and appointees from six groups with various affiliations with the county schools. Maureen McMahon, assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs, and Kathy Lane, executive director of alternative education, will co-chair the task force.
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February 2, 2014
As a police chief, I know that two of the most important measurements of the strength of a law enforcement agency are the effectiveness of our members and the support of our community. The recent tragic shooting at The Mall in Columbia demonstrated to me that the Howard County Police Department has an abundance of both. Our entire police department, and I personally, have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement we have received from the public. Through emails, phone calls, social media and one-on-one contacts, you have let us know that you feel we met and even exceeded your expectations that terrible day. We are humbled by those sentiments and proud to serve and protect you. I am also proud of the selfless dedication members of the police department showed during an incident filled with uncertainty and fear.
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