Maryland Delegate Tells Mayor To Disband Baltimore Police Department

A Maryland House of Delegates member is calling for disbanding the entire police department.

​Baltimore, MD – A member of the Maryland House of Delegates sent a letter to the mayor and police commissioner of Baltimore asking them to “disband and reconstitute” the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).

State Delegate Bilal Ali sent a letter to Baltimore Mayor Sharon Pugh and Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa citing the example of Camden, New Jersey, and recommending the dissolution of BPD, according to a tweet by Baltimore Sun reporter Scott Dance.

Ali’s request followed the conviction on Feb. 12 of two Baltimore police officers on racketeering charges, at the end of a years’ long investigation involving the members of BPD’s Gun Trace Task Force.

In his letter, Ali suggested copying Camden, New Jersey, which dissolved its police department in 2013, and started anew.

“It was a bold, nearly unprecedented decision, but it worked,” Ali said in the letter. “I write today to ask that Baltimore City’s leadership seriously evaluate Camden’s approach, and begin consideration on whether to disband and reconstitute BPD from the ground up.”

However, the mayor has no intention of giving up.

“I’m not disbanding the police department,” Pugh said at a press briefing on Wednesday morning.

“We’re trending downward. I think we’re headed in the right direction. We’ve appointed a new police commissioner, we have a 163-page report by the Department of Justice that requires us to reform the police department, and those are the things that we’ll continue to do,” she said.

Baltimore’s homicide rate reached 342 in 2017, the highest per capita that the city has ever seen, WJZ-TV reported.

Commissioner DeSousa announced several new appointments for his top command staff last Thursday in an interview with The Baltimore Sun.

He also announced the decentralization of the two units that investigate shootings and robberies across the city. The commissioner said he would be moving 80 detectives out of headquarters, and into the city’s nine district stations.

The Baltimore Sun reported that the location of the detective units have changed over the years, as the police commissioners were replaced. Former-Commissioner Kevin Davis moved all the detectives to their current location under one roof.

The new police commissioner was also considering bringing back plainclothes drug and gun enforcement units that the last commissioner had decommissioned.

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Darcon240778
Darcon240778

move all of the law abiding citizens with no criminal records out of Baltimore and fence off the city then disband the police force and watch chaos erupt and let it burn itself down send no aid and do not let any one out after the chaos starts

meyerlansky6
meyerlansky6

If that ever happens, then give all decent people guns and training. The day the police are disbanded is the day all the animals who live there will go crazy robbing, killing, beating and generally all their usual day to day things, but on a larger scale. I hate people like this liberal moron.

Commander_Thorn
Commander_Thorn

If you ever want to over to the bay area, move to union city, my uncle lives there and it's a nice area with things to do and it's close to Sanfrancisco and Freemont, which Freemont has a lot of resturaunts and such.

Rkidsrcops
Rkidsrcops

Do away with the politicians. They make laws to benefit themselves and make stupid remArks to get their name in the paper. They are all a fucking joke. It’s a shame that we see black and white. Hopefully one day that will go away. If ur a criminal I don’t give a shit what the cops do to you. They gave up their rights as a citizen when they broke the law. Police don’t get paid enough to put their live on the line like that do every time they put the uniform on. Stop putting in these liberal pussies in as judges and politicians

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Start with disbanding the FBI. See if that works. If it does then think about doing it at BPD... What a moronic politician.

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