26 January 2009

Police Commissioner To Explain Controversial Policy Change

The Baltimore Spectator has learned that city Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld (pictured above) will appear before the City Council for an informational hearing. City Councilman Bernard "Jack" Young is demanding an explanation of the sudden change in a long standing policy of releasing the names of police officers who kill or injure citizens.

The hearing, scheduled for February 12, comes after Councilman Young sent a written request for clarification and explanation to Bealefeld. As of this writing, the Commissioner has yet to respond to the request. Young, an increasingly vocal critic of the Baltimore Police Department, has openly questioned the recently reported low homicide rate, suggesting the true number may be much higher.

In a phone interview with The Spectator, Young said there were many deaths on the books whose cause are officially classified as "pending" and or "undetermined." Young believes this is a clever way of delaying and or hiding the truth about how many murders actually occurred in Baltimore.

At a recent weekly police COMSTAT meeting, Councilman Young was asked why he was there by Commissioner Bealefeld then promptly asked to leave, and escorted out. The move was disturbing to Young, leaving him to wonder what's there to hide. Young is the Chairman of the City Council Committee on Public Safety and Health, handling among other matters, the budget for the police department.

Filed by; A.F. James MacArthur
Guest Editor to The Baltimore Spectator

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Afraid In Baltimore said...

Police in Baltimore scare me. Nothing but a bunch of violent thugs.

Mark said...


Anonymous said...

So I take it that COMSTAT is no longer 'open forum'?



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