UPDATE: Regaining Control

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about why Baltimore City's police force was taken over by the state in 1860 (https://one-baltimore.org/2020/02/11/one-baltimore-36-losing-control/) and how and why advocates are fighting to get it back (https://one-baltimore.org/2020/02/17/one-baltimore-37-regaining-control/). Well, on Monday, Senator Carter DID submit a bill for local control to the state legislature, SB 1057 (mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb1057?ys=2020RS)! However, because … Continue reading UPDATE: Regaining Control

One Baltimore #37, Regaining Control

2/17/20 In last week’s column (https://one-baltimore.org/2020/02/11/one-baltimore-36-losing-control/), I delved into why the State of Maryland took over the Baltimore Police Department after a decade of elections marred by violence. It made sense at the time… but that time was a full hundred and sixty years ago, and the state never gave us back full authority over … Continue reading One Baltimore #37, Regaining Control

One Baltimore #36, Losing Control

2/10/20 Content warning: description of a first-hand experience of gun violence in the first paragraph below, and some other, less graphic descriptions of violence throughout. “...I was struck from behind a severe blow on the back of the head, which would have knocked me down, but the crowd which had gathered round us, some thirty … Continue reading One Baltimore #36, Losing Control

One Baltimore #34, The Raid, Part 4

1/27/20 Up until now, no matter how much material I’ve had on a given topic, I’ve worked hard to trim it down to one or two columns. Not this time. There’s just too much story here, and each new layer has needed the previous ones in order to properly unfold. In part one (https://one-baltimore.org/2020/01/06/one-baltimore-31-the-raid-part-1/), my … Continue reading One Baltimore #34, The Raid, Part 4

One Baltimore #32, The Raid, Part 2

1/13/20 This week, the second installment of my interview with a woman whose home was raided by the Baltimore Police Department after she tried to report a dealer on her block who they seemed determined not to touch. Her story is anonymous because she was placed under a gag order as a condition of settling … Continue reading One Baltimore #32, The Raid, Part 2