04 March 2009

The Shadow Commissioner, Sheryl Goldstein


Sources claim Commissioner Bealefeld merely a puppet of Mayor's Office
The Baltimore Police Department continues to remain a source of much controversy and juicy new columns. Widespread speculation continues on who is actually in charge of the police department. Sources from deep inside city hall and the Baltimore Police department tell The Baltimore Spectator that Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld is not actually the person in charge of the Baltimore Police Department. While publicly Bealefeld receives unanimous praise and admiration from the City Council, many insiders allege that he serves mainly as a visual leader with actual policy and decision making being performed by others, mainly Sheryl Goldstein (pictured left) of the Mayor's Office Of Criminal Justice.

Bealefeld has publicly admitted to not being the one to develop new policy. Concerning the controversial policy change of no longer releasing the names of officers involved in shootings, Bealefeld testified before the City Council that new PR man Anthony Guglielmi, Director of Public Affairs Division, actually created the policy. We wonder what other policies and decisions were not made by Bealefeld. The question still remains, who's actually in charge? Where's the leadership? This revelation brought immediate criticism from senior Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke among others. Many in city hall and the department were troubled by, but remain reluctant to come forward.

Members of the City Council have gone on record with The Spectator in supporting Bealefeld (see video), even going as far as saying they will not micro manage the police department. The Mayor's office on the other hand, may see things differently.

For a department that has been controversial and under fire, including repeated inquiries from the Justice Department and ongoing investigations of widespread corruption, officer misconduct, and institutional racism, knowing who is actually in charge is very important. Public trust and confidence in the Baltimore Police Department is at an all time low.

Mayor Sheila Dixon's office, nor the Baltimore City Council, or the Baltimore Police Department will go on record in discussing this, however, The Baltimore Spectator can reveal, without any reservations, our sources stand behind this shocking claim.



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