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by Peter Moskos

July 10, 2015

"The Rise and Fall of Anthony Batts"

Great piece by Simone Weichselbaum in the Marshall Project about Batts and his problems in Baltimore.

Good piece in Vice about the problem of "superstar" police chiefs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

“I’m going to be frank with you: I think this looks like a desperate move,” said Delores Jones-Brown, a former New Jersey prosecutor and founder of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She predicted that it would be hard to replace Mr. Batts with someone equally as community-minded, “who will try to change the crime situation, but who won’t be heavy-handed or brutal.” Have you and your colleague compared notes?

What strikes me about this whole affair is that although I was never a fan of cops in general, I did not believe Baltimore to be any worse (and perhaps better based on goodwill towards you and this blog). Instead, it seems that the general consensus is BPD sucks when it comes to community relations and the burden of fixing that suckitude has to be placed on the rank and file.