Last Tuesday, Sgt. Robert Mesner, a 34-year BPD veteran, was suspended after a video of him spitting on Alfred Evan, who was already handcuffed, spread. The next night, at the first City Council hearing for making Kevin Davis the commissioner, activist staged a sit-in and 16 were arrested for trespassing. The presence of one hundred or so police officers, including some not wearing name tags, proved the protesters' point that "there has been a heightened aggression from Law Enforcement towards protestors," as Baltimore Bloc insists on its website. And though the city now has a commissioner and the BPD announced they caught Derrick Johnson, a murderer they've named "public enemy number one," these accomplishments were marred by another week of bad PR and inexcusable action by the BPD.

Alex Fine
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