Baltimore Police Department

Mary Rose Madden

A Baltimore police officer in plain clothes chased and shot a young African American boy because he thought the bb gun the boy was carrying was a semi-automatic pistol.  

Mary Rose Madden

Protests continued in Baltimore as crowds gathered throughout the city calling for accountability in the death of Freddie Gray , a 25 year old African American man who died Sunday from spinal injuries obtained while in police custody.

Police Body Cameras: To Return In February

Dec 21, 2015
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday that officers will be without body cameras for a couple of months as an evaluation committee decides which of the three cameras used in a pilot program to go with.  A camera vendor is expected to be picked in February.

A pilot program that took place in three patrol districts – Central, Eastern and Western - ended Friday.

Davis said the officers who participated in the program have gotten used to wearing the cameras over 54 days.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday that a report from a police think tank confirmed many of the same concerns the department had after unrest last April in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

The report prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum, PERF, said the department was hampered by poor planning and poor communication.

Body Camera Pilot Program Launches In City

Oct 26, 2015
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

  Baltimore Police launched Monday their body camera pilot program by sharing how the program will go for the next 54 days.

At the end of the program, the department will award a contract in Feb. 2016 and begin assigning officers who are on patrol or have regular interactions with the public.

Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere said a program will be fully implemented by 2018.

Smith: Rough Rides And Police Commanders

Oct 22, 2015


WYPR's Senior News Analyst says city police commanders should have known about "rough rides" and done something.

Confirmed and Sworn: Davis Is Now Permanent Commissioner

Oct 19, 2015
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

  The Baltimore City Council confirmed Kevin Davis Monday as the city’s 38th police commissioner, and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake swore him in. But none of it happened without protest. 

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Three weeks before he was fired, Former Police Commissioner Anthony Batts held a meeting in a basketball court adjacent to a playground in West Baltimore. The community was invited to observe the meeting police were calling “community comstat”.

Mayor Fires Batts, Appoints Interim Top Cop

Jul 8, 2015
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired Wednesday afternoon by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The move came hours after a scathing report by the city’s police union criticized Batts’ handling of riots in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in April, though Rawlings-Blake insisted the firing had nothing to do with the unrest.

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An outside organization will review the Baltimore Police Department's response to recent rioting and civil unrest in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray at the commissioner's request.