Young names new director of Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young tapped one of the heads of the Baltimore Innovation Team, Tamika C. Gauvin, to lead the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, a little more than a week after the previous director resigned.

Baltimore Police Department rolls out new use of force policy

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, center, speaks at a press conference, flanked by Danny Murphy, left, deputy commissioner of the compliance bureau, and Michael Sullivan, right, deputy commissioner of operations. Image still via Facebook Live.

Calling it “a major milestone” in the effort to reform the Baltimore Police Department, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison today touted the publication of a new use of force policy.

The revised 11-page document, first published on Sunday, places an emphasis on de-escalation techniques and calls on force to be used only when it is “reasonable, necessary, and proportional.”

Four Harlem Park residents sue over lockdown after Suiter’s death

ACLU of Maryland Senior Staff Attorney David Rocah speaks at a press conference in Harlem Park. Image still via Facebook Live.

Four Harlem Park residents are suing the Baltimore Police Department and former Police Commissioner Kevin Davis over the six-day lockdown of the neighborhood shortly following the death of Det. Sean Suiter, arguing that it violated their federal and state rights.

Supreme Court won’t hear Adnan Syed’s appeal


The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear the appeal of Adnan Syed, who in 2000 was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, a case that became a national news story after producers of the 2014 podcast “Serial” dug through the details and raised questions about Syed’s guilt.

Immigrants, led by Jamaicans, slow Baltimore’s population loss

St. Mary’s Restaurant and Bar is known as one of Baltimore’s best Jamaican restaurants. Jamaicans are the largest immigrant group in the city, where population loss is being slowed by growth in the immigrant community. Ian Round/Capital News Service.

By Ian Round
Capital News Service

Steve McMurray was not long out of high school when he moved to the United States.

He left St. Mary Parish, a rural area in northeastern Jamaica, for trade school in Miami. He spent about a year and a half there, met a Jamaican girl with family in Maryland, and they moved to Baltimore.

Their relationship didn’t last, but he stayed. Now, more than 30 years later, McMurray owns what some say is the best Jamaican restaurant in Baltimore, doubling as an informal cultural center for what the U.S. Census reported as the city’s largest immigrant group.

In response to one-star review, Atlas Restaurant Group attacks The Sun

Image via the Atlas Restaurant Group’s Facebook page.

Baltimore Sun reviewer Christina Tkacik thought the crab cakes at The Choptank were bland, the french fries were “cardboard-stiff,” the calamari had too much Old Bay (if there is such a thing) and the atmosphere was stuffy.

Deadline nears for Maryland uninsured-motorist debt amnesty

Uninsured Maryland drivers have until Dec. 31 to have 80 percent of unpaid debts for driving uninsured waived and get back on the road legally. Capital News Service photo by Eric Myers.

By Eric Myers
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Time is running out for uninsured motorists in Maryland to take advantage of a program that forgives 80 percent of uninsured-driving debts that became delinquent before 2017.

Debtors have until Dec. 31 to register for the program and begin repaying the remaining 20 percent of their total fines. If an individual registers and pays at least one-sixth of their remaining 20 percent of debt by the end of the year, they have until June 2020 to finish paying.

Agora plans to expand two more buildings along Charles Street

A rendering of Agora’s plans for 1125 N. Charles St.

Agora is growing again.

Two months after it started to renovate the former Hynson, Westcott and Dunning building at 1030 N. Charles St., to provide office space for its staff, the company is planning to expand two more buildings one block away.

BPD releases body-worn camera, security footage of John Feggins shooting

A still of security camera footage that shows Officer Ryan Glass and John Feggins on the ground tussling over a gun.

The Baltimore Police Department today released footage of the moments before and after officers fatally shot 24-year-old John Feggins on Oct. 30. Security footage from a nearby Rite Aid pharmacy shows Feggins and Officer Ryan Glass tussling on the ground as they fight for control of a handgun.

“Small number of tasks” still to be completed in Suiter case, police now say

Det. Sean Suiter. Photo via Baltimore Police Department.

A day after State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby described the investigation of Det. Sean Suiter’s death as an “open” matter, contradicting a determination made by police, the BPD said there are a “small number of tasks” to complete in the case.