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Baltimore homicides are up more than 17% this year, with seven dead since Saturday as mayor vows to find a solution

A deadly three days in Baltimore have pushed the 2021 homicide count to 107, far ahead of last year’s pace as the city’s mayor and police commissioner vow to continue seeking ways to quell the violence. Seven people have been killed since Saturday, including a woman who collapsed and died after walking into a hospital […]

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Federal Judge Overseeing Baltimore Police Cautions Against Defunding Department For Now

A federal judge overseeing the Baltimore City Police Department said Friday new police reform align with calls to defund the police. However, he’s cautioning against defunding the department for now. In Friday’s hearing, the topic of conversation was trust. How can officers rebuild trust within the community as well as with each other. Officers said […]

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Baltimore Police are being trained to step in when fellow officers cross the line. Will it prevent misconduct?

About a dozen Baltimore Police officers watch a cellphone video posted to YouTube of people looting a phone store in Seattle. On the screen, two Seattle officers stop a man, take him to the ground and attempt to handcuff him. A crowd forms, and onlookers start shouting at the officers after one puts his knee […]

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Hogan Vetoes Three Police Reform Bills, Override Votes Begin in Final Hours of Session

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) vetoed three of five bills from the General Assembly’s bicameral police reform package Friday evening — and about an hour after the public announcement, the override vote on a bill from Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) was underway. “These bills would undermine the goal that I believe we […]

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Baltimore police union: here’s why we should keep the officers’ bill of rights | COMMENTARY

The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #3 has long been an advocate for reform within the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). In 2012, the FOP published a comprehensive report, the Blueprint for Improved Policing. The report called for many of the same reforms being publicly discussed now, such as increased and improved supervisor […]

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Police: 2 teens shot and killed another teen, then fired at officer investigating killing

Police in Prince George’s County, Maryland, said two teens shot and killed a 16-year-old boy in a vacant apartment Thursday night, and then returned to the scene and shot at an officer who was investigating the killing. The bullet “narrowly missed” the officer, Prince George’s County police said in a statement Friday.

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Support high to keep school resource officers in Prince George’s County

A proposal to remove police officers from schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland, does not seem to have support from the community, according to a survey. Of the roughly 13,000 people who responded, 82% said that school resource officers are important or very important for maintaining a safe, positive environment in schools.

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