Wandering Eye: Baltimore infrastructure takes a beating, how many calories do you eat at Chipotle?, and more

The public defender's office in New York City has compiled a database of police officers whose credibility has been questioned, according to Slate. With some 3,000 cops already in the database, the defense lawyers are now sharing it with lawyers not affiliated with the public defender's office and encouraging more lawyers to submit data, such as the "Brady Letters" defense lawyers get from prosecutors, which divulge police discipline and other issues. "Prosecutors usually submit Brady letters at the 'eleventh hour,' said [Cynthia] Conti-Cook, meaning right before trial is set to start, and often defense attorneys put them in their file, maybe use them once during the proceedings, and then never think about them again. The database, Conti-Cook said, is about 'taking that institutional knowledge and figuring out a systematic way of sharing it with everyone.'" Baltimore's state's attorneys long kept a list of police officers whose testimony they would not use in court called the "Do Not Call" list, but former State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein abolished the list. Last year, Baltimore Sun reporter Mark Puente showed that many police officers had been sued multiple times for violent conduct, resulting in millions of dollars in settlements. The city has pledged to keep better track of the lawsuit data. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

If you live in Baltimore and you've been on social media in the last few days—or the last few years, but especially the last few days—you've seen gripes about frozen pipes, broken water mains, powers outages, and some of the other plagues that come with city life in Baltimore. We've written plenty of times about Baltimore's crumbling infrastructure, but nothing brings it home, literally, like a little cold and snow. For an even more sobering picture, check out the calls coming in to the city's 311 hotline. Click on the poetic header "Water Waste Water" and look at the screen fill up with dozens, maybe hundreds, of little blue dots, each one representing an open issue called in to 311. Then, think about the city's ambitious plans to fix its infrastructure, and the fact that the new governor may put the kibosh on much of it. (Evan Serpick)

 

I like Chipotle. You like Chipotle. We all like Chipotle! Now the pesky investigators at the Upshot answer the question of "How many calories do people really eat [there]?" Unsurprisingly, the New York Times fun-killers are here to tell you the fast-casual burrito spot is not very good for you. "The typical order at Chipotle has about 1,070 calories. That's more than half of the calories that most adults are supposed to eat in an entire day," they say. Ouch. Even worse, "most orders at Chipotle give you close to a full day's worth of salt (2,400 milligrams) and 75 percent of a full day’s worth of saturated fat." We didn't exactly thing we were picking the healthiest option by eating at Chipotle, but damn. If you are a glutton for punishment instead of Chipotle's food, be sure to read on and see how they break down the caloric intake by meal. (Brandon Weigel)

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