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  • Wandering Eye: Brian Frosh's legislative priority, BPD releases a shooting report, and more

    Wandering Eye: Brian Frosh's legislative priority, BPD releases a shooting report, and more
    The Baltimore Police Force Investigation Team has posted its report of a year-ago shooting of an armed robber who was caught while carrying a cash drawer out of a 7-Eleven. Here is the WBAL version of the original story. The officer, a 24-year veteran named Betavia Elliott, spotted the clerk's hands up, parked to one side, and tried to get a look at the robber. But the robber—not named in this report but charged in federal court—came out the front door and, in response to Betavia's commands to show his hands, "suddenly jerked as if startled." Betavia fired two shots—one of which struck a nearby vehicle, the other of which went through the robber's thigh. The robber fell between two parked cars, Batavia "slowly and tactically walked around several vehicles" to get to the robber and hold him at gunpoint while awaiting medics and police backup. Batavia stated that he feared for his life when the robber—who turned out to be unarmed—emerged from the store. He was otherwise incoherent. The report quotes him: "I just knew that when . . . , whoever came out of there should have nearly did whatever it was I told them to do. I feared for my life and it could have been the next person that came out. Stop! . . . Police! . . . Freeze! . . . let me see your hands!" The shooting is deamed to be justified and done according to policy and training. (Edward Ericson Jr.)
  • A Dog In the Fight: Baltimore's enforcement of animal-cruelty laws is getting some bite

    A Dog In the Fight: Baltimore's enforcement of animal-cruelty laws is getting some bite
    Last March, the door of a vacant house at 6203 York Road in Baltimore was forced open by police to reveal a scene of prolonged horror. The broad contours of what happened were pieced together by authorities after someone reported that a live animal was...

    Baltimore Police deny Twitter-related public records request we did not make

    Baltimore Police deny Twitter-related public records request we did not make
    The Baltimore Police Twitter Transparency saga continues today as the department, through a young lawyer in the City Solicitor's Office, denied City Paper's request for the list of Twitter accounts it has "muted." To recap: The paper emailed police...

    Whistleblower cop Joseph Crystal recalls his battles with Baltimore's blue wall of silence

    Whistleblower cop Joseph Crystal recalls his battles with Baltimore's blue wall of silence
    Faced with a potentially life-changing dilemma, Joseph Crystal asked his parents what to do. “Both my parents were NYPD police,” Crystal says by phone from a law office in New York City. Both told him to report wrongdoing by fellow police...

    A Night at the Curfew Centers

    A Night at the Curfew Centers
    Only two curfew centers—officially called Youth Connection Centers—exist in the entire city of Baltimore. There is one on the east side, nestled in the heart of the Broadway East neighborhood, and another located a few miles away in the...