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Watching the CitiWatcher: The night shift monitoring Baltimore's security cameras

Watching the CitiWatcher: The night shift monitoring Baltimore's security cameras

It is 11 p.m. on a friday night and Scott is laughing as the shooting victim hobbles down Eager Street holding his neck and limping. He was hit in the neck and leg. "Almost every shooting I see," Scott says, "either the police was right there two minutes ago, or they're there, a block away." He's watching the video on instant replay in the CitiWatch office, a dreary basement warren under 118 N. Howard St. This shooting happened yesterday, but it's illustrative. The cop car, which Scott directed toward the victim, pulls into view as the victim flags it down.

Scott is a retired Baltimore cop with decades of police work under his ample belt. He...

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