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Banned, On the Run

Banned, On the Run

Baltimore police stopped talking to Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton completely eight weeks ago after the paper published the name of a police officer who had been shot several hours before the cops made the announcement themselves. But the strained relationship between Fenton and the department goes back much further.

Since last fall, Fenton has written stories that embarrassed Commissioner Anthony Batts and his media spokespeople as the department took steps to control its public image. Last October, for instance, Fenton called out the department on Twitter when he noticed that it had not tweeted notice of some nonfatal shootings. In an Oct. 7 story,...