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By Michael James and Peter Hermann | October 2, 1994
In January, Thomas C. Frazier took over the 2,900-member Baltimore Police Department, an agency dogged by brutality complaints, petty corruption, and internal strife fueled by racial friction.The city was reeling from its second-straight record-setting year for homicides.Some 353 people were slain in Baltimore in 1993 -- up from 335 the year before -- as drug dealers brazenly took over neighborhoods and police morale plummeted under Commissioner Edward V. Woods.Frustrated by the carnage, politicians and community leaders turned up the heat on Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Mr. Woods.
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By David Simon and David Simon,Sun Staff Writer | February 7, 1994
A photo caption in yesterday's Sun incorrectly described the assignment of several police officers seen making a street sweep. The officers, shown arresting a man wanted on a warrant, were from the Northwestern District.The Sun regrets the errors.In assessing the Baltimore Police Department's war on drugs, consider the case of Rodney Curtis, who inhabits one drug corner in one neighborhood of a beleaguered city.Arrested at Fayette and Mount streets in July, Curtis, 19, was soon released and then arrested again for loitering at the West Baltimore corner a month later.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | February 12, 1995
It is midmorning, and Baltimore's police chief is at his desk, scanning a list of items seized in drug raids. He's looking for a lawn mower. And a grill.A scavenger hunt may not fit the image of Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier and his tough stance on violent crime, but for this self-described "social worker with a gun," it's exactly the image he wants to project.Obtaining items for the force's youth choir or a neighborhood cleanup, he says, is crucial to the mission of making Baltimore safer.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly | March 26, 2012
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles roster thinned out a little Monday, with several players being sent out of camp including right-hander Brad Bergesen, who pitched in 34 games with the Orioles last year. The Orioles have not yet announced the cuts, but they also include infielder Steve Tolleson, outfielder Scott Beerer and catcher John Hester - all non-roster invitees - who were sent to minor-league camp. Bergesen was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to be a starter. Also optioned to Triple-A Norfolk were pitcher Jason Berken, who made his spring debut Sunday after dealing with a hamstring issue, and Matt Antonelli, who batted .194 in 31 at-bats this spring.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2000
A confidential study of the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit, whose detectives make arrests in less than half the city's slayings, blames the failings on poor supervision and antipathy between detectives and prosecutors. The stinging analysis lists a variety of internal problems that include rotating out experienced investigators, substandard equipment and inadequate staffing of crucial support personnel, such as laboratory technicians and clerks. From broken tape recorders to case folders that are in "abysmal condition -- that is, when they can be located," the report portrays a dysfunctional unit whose detectives are responsible for investigating the most serious of offenses.
NEWS
October 6, 2002
Sun's criticism hampers effort to enforce laws In its self-serving editorial "Baltimore's scourge," The Sun supported its three-part series "Justice Undone" (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) and criticized, yet again, the Police Department and, to a lesser extent, the city prosecutor's office. The Sun fails to realize that it shares a huge portion of the blame for the failure to convict murderers. For years, The Sun's repeated, indiscriminate attacks against the prosecutor's office and Police Department have helped produce a disastrous result -- many of the citizens of Baltimore who sit on the juries loathe the very police officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect the citizens and the prosecutors who tirelessly work in an underfunded office to prosecute the criminals.
NEWS
By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | January 17, 2006
Responding to allegations of corruption in a district station house, Baltimore's police commissioner said yesterday that he is committed to restoring the "internal integrity" of the department and has begun implementing safeguards aimed at keeping officers honest. Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm, speaking publicly for the first time about the arrest and suspension of several officers from the "flex squad" in the city's Southwestern District, said he has reinstated procedures that were in use when he left the Police Department in 1996 but were later eliminated.
NEWS
By Richard H.P. Sia and Richard H.P. Sia,Washington Bureau of The Sun | September 12, 1990
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf, already well in excess of 100,000 personnel, will continue indefinitely and may lead to a larger, more permanent commitment of American forces to the region than first anticipated, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said yesterday.Mr. Cheney, testifying on Capitol Hill for the first time since U.S. forces began moving to the region Aug. 7, said the added cost of Operation Desert Shield would be about $15 billion for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 -- more than $1 billion a month if the crisis continues for the entire year.
NEWS
By Gregory Kane | August 1, 1999
THERE'S AT LEAST one positive to having a large number of candidates run for mayor: you have to listen to them, even the ones not given much of a chance.So 10 of them showed up Wednesday at the Family Life Center of New Shiloh Baptist Church on Monroe Street. And they showed up early. They were all there at 7 a.m. sharp for the mayoral forum on former state senator Larry Young's talk show on WOLB. Democratic candidates Richard Riha, Martin O'Malley, Lawrence Bell, Carl Stokes, Charles Dugger, A. Robert Kaufman, Jessica Davis, Mary Conaway, Phillip Brown and Gene Michaels were on hand to convince Baltimoreans why one of them should be our next mayor.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Tanya Jones and Peter Hermann and Tanya Jones,Sun Staff Writers Sun staff writer Frank P.L. Somerville contributed to this report | August 11, 1994
A defiant Maj. Barry Powell told a cheering crowd of about 100 supporters last night that he wants to keep command of the Northwestern Police District, despite the police commissioner's plan to transfer him."This is my command, no one else's," he told the crowd at the New Fellowship Christian Community Church. "I have a commitment to the Northwestern District. If this is the commander that you want, then I will stay."Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier said last week that Major Powell, who is black, would be replaced with a Jewish officer -- a move that the commissioner has delayed after protests from leaders in the black community.
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