| Nov 21, 2013
| 6:12 PM
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts wants to stop sending officers out on low-priority 911 calls, expand foot patrols and create a unit focused on investigating incidents in which police use force.
He proposes assigning homicide detectives to...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 6:13 PM
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said Monday night he wished the city had not paid consultants $285,000 for a crime-fighting plan that he described as "something we could've done in-house."
Young was part of the city spending panel that...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 8:08 AM
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts' long-awaited consultant's report on how to reshape his department and drive down crime comes to what sounds like an obvious conclusion: The city's police should focus on gangs, guns and violent repeat...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:06 PM
Baltimore police used battering rams to smash their way into suspected drug dens in a series of pre-dawn raids Tuesday that netted a half-dozen arrests, continuing what authorities describe as aggressive campaign to "dismantle" the Black Guerrilla...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 4:41 PM
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday he is in "strong agreement" with concerns raised by the ACLU over how his agency tracks its officers' interactions with citizens.
The civil liberties group released department data that showed...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 6:45 PM
Baltimore police say they stopped residents 123,000 times last year but found only nine handguns — a figure civil rights advocates say is so implausible that it raises questions about whether the agency is actually monitoring the conduct of officers...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:00 AM
Out of more than 120,000 documented citizen stops by Baltimore Police last year, only 494 resulted in a search and just nine guns were recovered, according to data the agency released to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.
The data offers...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Kennard Buckner, 22, was walking out of an alley just feet from his home in Southwestern Baltimore on Sunday morning when he was killed by a gunman in a hail of bullets, police said.
An officer two blocks away from the shooting in the 1300 block of...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 11:29 AM
Police say a 22-year-old man walking out of an alley in Southwestern Baltimore on Sunday morning was killed after gunman fired a hail of bullets at him, making him the city's 29th murder victim over the past 30 days.
The fatal shooting was also the...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 7:42 AM
For 24 years, Alva Porter has fielded countless 911 calls for shootings in her job as a Baltimore police dispatcher.
Porter was not working Saturday night, when dispatchers took a call for a fatal shooting that turned out to be her 41-year-old son,...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 5:00 AM
After nearly a decade of steady declines, Baltimore has surpassed the grim milestone of 200 homicides for the second straight year. If the killing continues at the current rate, it will far exceed 2012's total of 217. What makes this particularly...