Baltimore Police Department

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The Baltimore City Council will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would require city police officers to wear body cameras while on duty. The measure is sponsored by City Council President Jack Young and Councilman Warren Branch. It comes after several high-profile incidents of alleged police brutality in Baltimore, as well as the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri over the summer. But the Baltimore City Law is not supporting the proposal -- saying it isn't legal. WYPR's Kenneth Burns gives Nathan Sterner an update.

On Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts released a plan to reform the police department in the wake of a Baltimore Sun investigation into alleged police brutality. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Mark Puente of The Sun talk about the plan, an announced federal investigation and resistance from the local branch of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Stories of alleged police brutality have drawn recent headlines both in Baltimore and nationally. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Donn Worgs of Towson University talk about why the problem is so persistent and what the political establishment needs to do to rebuild trust between the citizenry and the police.

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Would we know how often our citizens are brutalized by the police if a newspaper had not laid it out so dramatically – and authoritatively?

A newly-released, independent audit of the Baltimore Police Department's Internal Affairs Division strongly criticized how allegations of police misconduct are investigated. Mark Puente of the Baltimore Sun gives WYPR's Fraser Smith the details of the audit and talks about how the BPD has responded.

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City police did not use excessive force in the case of Tyrone West, who died in police custody last year, but they did make tactical errors, the Independent Review Board has found.

The six member board, which released its findings late Friday, also found that police failed to communicate properly with the West family and the public in the aftermath of the July 2013 incident.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun talk about the mayor's desired changes to the pension plan for new police officers and firefighters, and why public safety unions are fighting against them.

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Bishop L. Robinson, Baltimore’s first African-American police commissioner, died Monday. He was 86.

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts’ strategy of bringing in a consultant to develop a plan to overhaul the department is nothing new.  He did the same thing at his last command in Oakland, Calif.

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Baltimore officials have released a crime fighting strategy that essentially overhauls the city’s police department.