Police Perceptions

The Baltimore Police Department has a serious complex ("Banned, On the Run," Mobtown Beat, May 14). Justin Fenton is not the reason no one believes a word that they say. The murder of unarmed citizens, Tyrone West and Anthony Anderson, may have more to do with that. The Police Department's perceived lack of integrity was also not caused by Justin Fenton; the sale of heroin on the Northwest Precinct grounds, the towing scandal, or the officer who shot himself (Anthony Fata) and falsely blamed an imaginary black man probably shaped that particular view. Justin Fenton also cannot be held responsible for the view that the police look out for their own, which may be caused by the incident where an officer (James Smith) beat his girlfriend and, after a police response, was allowed to keep his service weapon -and shoot and kill the woman.

Mr. Fenton cannot portray, mold, or influence public perception of the Police Department. They do a damn good job themselves of looking callous, petty, and above the law. I hope Chief Anthony Batts does not own a mirror. The reflection his department gives off is as sorry as they come, no matter how much they want to control it.

Sherman Stephens


Correction : In "Banned, On the Run" (Mobtown Beat, May 14), we said that Sun crime and courts editor Andy Rosen made the call to remove Sgt. Keith Mcneill's name from the paper's early blog coverage of his shooting. A source in the Sun newsroom informs us that Rosen did not make the call. Managers above him made the decision. City Paper regrets the error.

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