Tag: policing

Bel Air Police Reportedly Stop Woman and Ask Her, ‘Are You Here Illegally?’

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Aravinda Pillalamarri has been living in Bel Air for nearly 30 years and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Police in her Harford County town learned this after stopping her last month and questioning her immigration status.

Civil Rights Groups Accuse Baltimore Police of Unlawful Use of ‘Stingray’ Cellphone Tracker



The Center for Media Justice, Color of Change, and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute have filed a 38-page complaint to the Federal Communications Commission over the Baltimore Police Department’s use of stingray cellphone surveillance devices.

New Police Commissioner Comes with Experience, Credentials and a Medal for Heroism

Anthony Batts and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Here’s what we know about Anthony Batts, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s choice for police commissioner: he’s a Californian, he’s smart (a Ph.D. in public administration, an MBA too, and he has lectured at Harvard and taught at Cal State Long Beach), he has three kids, received the Long Beach PD’s award for heroism and he has served in some pretty tough parts of Northern and Southern California.  On paper, at least, the guy looks like a solid choice. Read the press release, below, for more details. -The Eds.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake named Dr. Anthony W. Batts, D.P.A. commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department effective September 27, 2012. Batts comes to Baltimore with decades of law enforcement experience and leadership training, including his time as police chief of Oakland and Long Beach, California. Anthony Barksdale will remain acting commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department until Batts’ start date.

During his tenure as head of two of California’s large police agencies, Batts presided over major reductions in crime and violence. He is credited with reforming Oakland’s police agency to focus on data-driven policing. In Long Beach, he established an Office of Community Policing and reduced excessive force complaints, while simultaneously reducing crime, including reducing homicides by 37% from 2002 to 2007.