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October 6, 2014
Following The Sun's excellent report on the use of undue force by the Baltimore Police ( "Baltimore leaders call for change following investigation into alleged police brutality," Sept. 28), Baltimore immediately launched the typical five point program. Phase One: We need a technological solution. Let's put cameras on all the cops! Phase Two: We need tougher laws and accountability. It's the mayors fault!! It's the City Councils fault!! Let's increase the penalties for bad cops!
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
When Maryland Transportation Authority police charged Olympian Michael Phelps with driving under the influence last week, they had two choices about what to do next: They could release him to a friend or family member, or take him to jail. In Phelps' case, they chose the first option. After the swimmer flunked roadside sobriety tests, according to court documents, officers took him back to a police station. After he took a Breathalyzer test that registered a 0.14 percent blood alcohol level, Phelps signed some paperwork and was released to a "responsible adult," police have said.
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October 5, 2014
I hail reporter Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun for your investigative report on Baltimore police officers' excessive use of force and the astronomical financial and psychological costs of this to our city ( "Undue Force: Suits against police cost millions," Sept. 28). Baltimore City has mishandled, lost, and poorly accounted for millions of taxpayer dollars in recent years. At the same time, city officials regularly claim the need for new taxes, bonds and other revenue sources to pay for badly needed upgrades to city schools and recreation centers; each spring the city claims that it has insufficient funds to operate all of the park and neighborhood swimming pools daily over the summer, and neighborhoods such as West Baltimore continue to struggle with blight and joblessness.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
A man shot last month in East Baltimore died of his injuries this week, Baltimore police said Baltimore police identified the victim as Kevin Kelly, 27, of East Baltimore. He was shot last Sunday afternoon in the 2300 block of E. Oliver St. in the Broadway East neighborhood. There have been 165 homicides reported by Baltimore police so far this year. Police released no details on a possible motive, suspects, or circumstances of the crime and anyone with information regarding this incident call 410-396-2100.
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By Mark Puente and Doug Donovan and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations of brutality and misconduct at Baltimore's Police Department, the type of probe that has triggered wide-ranging reforms in other cities. Here's a look at federal investigations in five other jurisdictions: • Pittsburgh — Police officers were accused of making false arrests of people who challenged their authority and of using excessive force against criminal suspects, including individuals wearing handcuffs. The department was also accused of failing to discipline officers for such actions.
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Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
While hospitalized with a fractured ankle and broken jaw, John Bonkowski reached for his smartphone to find details about the man who beat him outside a parking garage near the Inner Harbor. He typed "Officer Michael McSpadden" into Google. The results stunned Bonkowski. He found references showing that the longtime Baltimore officer had been accused in three separate civil lawsuits: of kicking and stomping a woman, of breaking a man's wrist and of beating a man unconscious with a police baton.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
While I was completing my undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University in the mid-1970s, I took several sociology and psychology classes including one on psychotropic drugs. I was surprised to find Baltimore police officers in my classes. I was glad to see them, but their naïveté and seeming lack of common sense based on their comments and questions in class led me to hope that by the end of their education they would have a better understanding of the need for compassion in their dealings with city residents ( "Require college degrees for police," Sept.
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Staff Reports and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Howard County Police say they are detaining a suspect in an incident this morning in which shots were reportedly fired in an area of Columbia. Police reported via Twitter that gunshots were heard in the Long Reach area of Columbia, and that a suspect was detained after an officer spotted a person firing shots in open area near a pond. Police reported that no one was injured. No additional details were immediately available. This story will be updated.
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By John Fritze and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won praise from clergy and community leaders Friday after calling for a federal investigation into allegations of police brutality - a move that is all but certain to draw added scrutiny on City Hall. But careful observers noted the request from Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts came hours after another official - City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young - raised his hand to invite the U.S. Department of Justice in for a closer look.
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Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a civil rights investigation into allegations of brutality and misconduct by the Baltimore Police Department, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Friday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Batts requested the probe after a six-month investigation by The Baltimore Sun found city residents have suffered battered faces and broken bones during arrests . The city has paid $5.7 million in court judgments and settlements in 102 cases since 2011, and nearly all of the people who received payouts were cleared of criminal charges, according to the investigation published this week.
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