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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.)
  • Wandering Eye: Support for liberalizing the Maryland Public Information Act, recession reforms haven't taken hold, and more

    Wandering Eye: Support for liberalizing the Maryland Public Information Act, recession reforms haven't taken hold, and more
    Journalists, good-government advocates, and lawyers are perhaps the most prolific pliers of the Maryland Public Information Act, which sets the ground rules for public access to government data and information, but Marylanders as a whole support...

    Wandering Eye: State lawmakers take on police misconduct, Oliver Sacks stares down death, and more

    Wandering Eye: State lawmakers take on police misconduct, Oliver Sacks stares down death, and more
    Heightened public concern over misconduct by law enforcers has spawned two bills in the Maryland General Assembly proposed by Baltimore City Hall that would crack down on law-breaking cops. House Bill 363 would prohibit a “law enforcement officer,...

    The Nose on the Senate's 'porn rock' hearings, 30 years later

    The Nose on the Senate's 'porn rock' hearings, 30 years later
    The parents of many, if not most, of the Nose’s gentle readers might not yet have had the sex that spawned them when, in 1985, the issue of raunchy rock lyrics erupted in the U.S. Senate’s “porn rock” hearing. It was a free-...

    Wandering Eye: Coffee is actually good for you, the Maryland Green Party remains on the ballot, and more

    Wandering Eye: Coffee is actually good for you, the Maryland Green Party remains on the ballot, and more
    Great news, everybody! It turns out that coffee is good for you! According to an article by Consumer Reports published in The Washington Post, current research says that "people age 50 to 71 who drank at least one cup of coffee per day had a lower risk...