Baltimore Police Union Stymied In Their Public Records Requests Surrounding Riots and City Leadership Decisions….

Many people were shocked when Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake fired the Baltimore City Police Commissioner (Chief) yesterday.   Almost everyone was left wondering exactly why did the firing take place with such fervor following the Fraternal Order of Police report.

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Having followed the political fiasco since the crisis originally surfaced it is likely the answers lie in the following paragraph:

[…]  It should be noted that as part of this review, repeated requests, including a formal Maryland Public Information Act request, were made of the Baltimore Police Department to supply communications between commanders (both text and email), radio communications tapes and other documents to assist in the review. As of July 6, 2015, Baltimore City FOP Lodge #3 has only received one tape from April 27, 2015 and from only one channel — a small fraction of the information requested.

Full report pdf below:

And it is prudent not to forget Chief Batt’s connection to the White House:

Police Chief Batts White House Log

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58 Responses to Baltimore Police Union Stymied In Their Public Records Requests Surrounding Riots and City Leadership Decisions….

  1. Sentient says:

    I think the mayor expected the chief to rally his officers to battle the ongoing murder epidemic despite the reasonable concern among officers that simply doing their job could lead them to be railroaded like the six officers in the Freddie Gray case. She should have gone after Mosley instead for encouraging murders and discouraging officers from policing most effectively. They got what they wanted – an emasculated police force – and then they didn’t want it so much anymore.

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    • bertdilbert says:

      Well and then there are the upcoming riots when Mosby fails to convict. Gonna need a white guy to place the blame on for that situation.

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    • Mentalist says:

      The Mayor sent a message to the rank-and-file when she hired this hack from California with issues (domestic violence, rejected for San Jose job because of a failed background check) to “reform” the Baltimore Police Department.

      Batts sent a message to the rank-and-file when he openly criticized them in press for over a year and when he (not the Mayor, who he talked into) brought the Feds in the investigate his Department.

      Members of the City Council (includes President Young, Mosby) sent a message to the rank-and-file when they were openly sat down and held press conferences with gang members, many of whom were participants in the looting and rioting.

      SA Mosby sent a message to the rank-and file when she choose to pursue trumped -up charges against six officers to appease a crowd.

      I can see why the rank-and-file have no confidence in the elected officials in this city or the command staff of the Baltimore Police Department (and I know several officers).

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      • art tart says:

        Mentalist ~ why won’t the other Supervisors under Batt’s come forward to expose they received orders to hold the line? I ask you this before, but excuses aren’t acceptable, (not yours.) “John Galt” shared the video clip of Councilman Mosby accepting responsibility for “telling LE to hold back.” Any Officer’s that came forward can’t be fired for exposing the corruption, in essence, imo, wouldn’t they be considered whistle blowerson a corrupt administration that caused millions in damage to Baltimore?

        I saw a heartbreaking video of a little oriental couple w/their adult children/grand-kids that lived above their market on the 2nd floor that burned to the ground & they didn’t have insurance, they lost everything they had, their employment + their home.

        Corey had a “whistle blower” on her staff that got an attorney & exposed Corey/BDLR. That case is still ongoing. imo, Supervisors w/evidence of what occurred would not be fired exposing the truth.

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        • Mentalist says:

          Mentalist ~ why won’t the other Supervisors under Batt’s come forward to expose they received orders to hold the line? I ask you this before, but excuses aren’t acceptable, (not yours.)

          Two reasons off the top of my head…

          One – When Batts came to Baltimore, he brought several of his close friends with him and gave them positions (paying six-figures) on the command staff (this is not unusual, since past Commissioners – Norris and Clark who came from New York City did the same thing). I expect these people to show a degree of loyalty to Batts and not sell him down the river (which would be bad for their future career prospects – no one wants to be known as a “snitch”).

          Two, the position of “captain” or higher are considered appointed positions – meaning the individual holding the position serves at the pleasure of the Police Commissioner and can be fired at will without any justification. Translation – if your boss (Commissioner) serves at the pleasure of the Mayor, and you serve at the pleasure of the Commissioner (whoever that may be) – you may not be so inclined to expose the misdeeds of your boss, especially if it comes at the expense of your cushy six-figure job (with benefits).

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      • art tart says:

        Mentalist ~ ignore my comment, as I was reading down, “nivico” shared there is evidence of this information on record.

        Thanks!

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    • Mentalist says:

      I think the mayor expected the chief to rally his officers to battle the ongoing murder epidemic despite the reasonable concern among officers that simply doing their job could lead them to be railroaded like the six officers in the Freddie Gray case.

      BTW, this woman is the epitome of a coward. She was nowhere to be found in the hours proceeding the riots – the governor (BTW, he was the only adult in the room during the riots) tried contacting her several times, but couldn’t reach her. There’s rumors that during the riots she left town and stayed with a friend who lived in Baltimore County. She cowered behind the likes of Jamal Bryant and Al Sharpton ( I will not refer to them as “Rev” or any other title that denotes a man of the cloth) who coordinated press conferences and on occasion spoke on her behalf as she stood by the side instead of being a leader of a major city she claims to be. She was even avoided questions from a Fox News reporter (Leland Vittert) by having Sharpton block him while she sneaked out the backdoor. Yet, this woman, who failed miserable to do her job had the audacity to demand that officers “do their jobs”. What nerve!

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  2. nivico says:

    From the report:

    “During this roll call, officers were ordered not to make any arrests until first approved by the Baltimore Police Department legal advisors. Before an arrest could take place, officers were told that they must notify command staff of the situation, give a description of the suspect and then maintain “eyes” on the suspect until they received permission to make the arrest. If approved by the legal advisors for an arrest, officers were told an arrest team would then engage.”

    Now why do you suppose the officers need to “give a description of the suspect” and wait to get clearance from legal advisors before making an arrest…???

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      yea, we know the answer. And what “do tell” is an arrest team? geez!

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      • bertdilbert says:

        Eyes only until an arrest team arrives lol. At which point the suspect will be long gone. Why bother even calling it in? Legal will arrive to access situation at 9 am…

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    • archer52 says:

      Sounds like Afghanistan and how they micro manage ROEs over there. It’s not about getting the job done, it is ALL about political imagery. That gets people hurt and killed.

      It will come out that the PD commanders were managing the riots along political lines. That is what we’ve heard from the beginning. The mayor will shout “I didn’t know that, it is HIS fault! And I fired him!” at the top of her lungs and hope it holds.

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    • Ziiggii says:

      AND – who do you think the “legal advisers” are? When is it ever SOP for a department to “consult” or get approval from a legal adviser before making an arrest or, for that matter, detaining a suspect? Sounds like what one would do to get a warrant.

      FOP are connecting the dots for us and it’s only a matter of time before SHTF for the Mosby duo and Mayor Hyphen. Batts was a liability with regards to current crime rates. But of course the DOJ-CRS is involved so…. wonder how much bigger of a liability Batts will become if he becomes sour over or gets “done wrong” by his firing in regards to his contract?

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      • archer52 says:

        It is kind of funny that he made a public statement that he expected bad cops to be fired in the near future. And one was!!

        Okay, is that called irony?

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        • skeptiktank says:

          Perhaps coppery would be more appropriate than irony in this case.

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          • archer52 says:

            You’d think Batts would have gotten the situation earlier. This is like the NBA, where the teams run the coach. If things go badly, they don’t fire the recalcitrant player, they fire the coach!

            Here it was three thousand players saying the coach sucked- in this case they were correct.

            What did he think was going to happen? Because if there is one rule in a gang, (and trust me this BGI/liberal deal is a gang of idiots) there is no one immune to being thrown under the bus!

            I would love to have been in the room when the phone rang.

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      • nivico says:

        “AND – who do you think the “legal advisers” are?”

        My guess is it’s a room full of ‘disparate impact’ number crunchers.

        I can think of no other reason why they would need a physical description of the suspect before authorizing an arrest.

        The problem is that the concept and practice of ‘disparate impact’ is wholly incompatible with law enforcement… it requires the unconstitutional practice of ‘selective enforcement’ of the law based on race.

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        • Ziiggii says:

          We know that those “legal advisers” were more than likely from the State’s Attorney’s office. So yes I agree the room would have been full of “disparate impact” suits.

          My other question still stands; When did it become SOP for this department to require a pseudo warrant from these “legal advisers” before making an arrest/detain a suspect? Did that happen in the FG arrest?

          Seems like an effort to further control Police actions in a way that would then present a need for “federalization” of the force. Which would put DOJ-CRS involved possibly sooner then when Batts asked for their assistance.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          I think the reason they wanted a description was so they would not be arresting the WH operatives sent there to cause the trouble. They didn’t want them out of action.

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        • “AND – who do you think the “legal advisers” are?”

          Three letters spell out the answer to that question:

          C

          R

          S

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    • benzy says:

      One “positive” aspect of this procedure… it is virtually guaranteed that the crime rate (based on arrest statistics) will dramatically go down. No more cries of “disparate impact” from the “faith based leaders”. (or the DOJ for that matter)

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      • Ziiggii says:

        I’m not as confident as you that any of what you state will happen. To the contrary, I would put a bet down that it will be the opposite until a broader cleaning happens. That requires the people of Baltimore to vote them out and well…. not very likely.

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        • I believe what benzy was referring to was the “cooking of the books” (fewer arrests during the riots–as ordered or approved by “management”–means lower overall statistics) that SRB could use in future elections. She knew that ALL of the rioters were black,and that this would look bad for the “Black Community” in Baltimore. Not that she cares about her fellow blacks, but she knows how quickly the faith-based BGI types could turn on her. This has always been about her, and about defending her piece of turf.

          Also, I believe she offered up Batts as a “sacrificial lamb” to appease her critics. And the selection of a :white dude” to step in as interim chief was done to obfuscate her personal racism, and to put a “white dude” in the most likely position of blame if the “work slowdown” continues. Not to mention that this “white dude” will be an excellent “fall-guy” when the SHTF after “Not Guilty” verdicts are read for all 6 officers.

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    • Mentalist says:

      “During this roll call, officers were ordered not to make any arrests until first approved by the Baltimore Police Department legal advisors. Before an arrest could take place, officers were told that they must notify command staff of the situation, give a description of the suspect and then maintain “eyes” on the suspect until they received permission to make the arrest. If approved by the legal advisors for an arrest, officers were told an arrest team would then engage.”

      This reminds me of the Vietnam War under the Johnson Administration, where LBJ and his senior advisers would instruct the generals in the field as to what villages or rice fields to bomb or what hills should be taken. This is an example of how you snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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    • art tart says:

      + INFINITY

      nivico ~ thanks, the smoking gun!

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    • goodoldboy66 says:

      I wonder now – if this type of “check in first” BS was in play BEFORE and specifically DURING the Gray situation that day. Suppose the first (3) bike cops didn’t “wait” and instead arrested him – countermanding this asinine protocol. That would be interesting to find out and would shed a whole new light on the goings on in this sewer city.

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  3. conservalicious says:

    And I’m sure the paperwork and Information the police union is requesting will go missing just like Lois Lerner’s and Hillary’s.

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  4. BigMamaTEA says:

    Just finished reading report. Nicely done. So, the Police Officers were not prepared before, during, or since the riot. Even though their Police Commissioner had been witness to 5 riots in his career. Good riddance Batts. Next……….

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    • nivico says:

      The report also mentions in several places how Batts even stood there at roll call and told the officers they “had no idea” what it was going to be like.

      The obvious implication being that they “had no idea” because he hadn’t bothered training them in riot control despite knowing that riots were inevitable.

      One of the more disturbing claims made in the report, too, was that Batts had been given the funding to purchase riot gear and hadn’t bothered to do so… the gas masks the officers had to use were expired and the shields many of them carried were ‘training’ shields not intended for use in actual riot situations (they shattered on impact).

      But I’m sure Mosby will be charging Batts any day now with gross negligence, malfeasance, and misconduct in office… /sarc

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  5. wizzum says:

    When did we first hear that riot gear was intimidating and made the riots escalate? Wasn’t it in Ferguson…..I thought it was BS then and I am certain of it now.

    It seems that the major failing is that the Mayor and Police Commissioner were more worried about appearances for the media than actually stopping any rioting or injuries to their people.
    When did America enter Bizarro world? Yes, in the normal course of events Police should not look intimidating, In riots, however, I would fully support them all looking like Robo Cop if it saved lives and property.

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    • Lea says:

      It is a superficial world that we live in now. HOW DOES IT LOOK??

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    • They use the same mentality that was applied to owners of pick-up trucks with gun racks in the rear windows: The presence of a visible rifle produces heightened fear, and thereby provokes a more violent interaction. It’s all hogwash, of course, since anyone with half a brain would see the rifle and think “I better not screw with this guy” and quickly withdraw. But Libs are all about “feelings”, and try to characterize everything around that optic.

      “The sight of your protective gear hurt my feelings, so that gave me the right to throw a brick at you.” Never mind that by the time the Ferguson PD (and other agencies) deployed riots shields and helmets, the rioters were already in the process of destroying that city, too!

      Despicable

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  6. Lea says:

    I do believe Madam Mayor is going to take the Bart Simpson approach “It wasn’t me” and dump the whole thing on Batts.
    Now that she fired him, he is her perfect goat!
    She is cleaning her house, throwing out the garbage so it looks clean, but the smell is still there.
    When some or all the information the Fraternal Order of Police is requesting goes missing or destroyed, it will be Batts all the way.

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  7. crispyjoe says:

    I’m am inclined to agree with the sentiments of good riddance in Batts’ firing however, men in the position of chief of police or fire department usually have a 5 year span in a city. Chief of the Department is a very political position so, being fired or removed is largely expected. These chiefs will hop from city to city until retirement or they will start working as an overpriced consultant.

    Hopefully the FOP report will haunt Batts and prevent him from working in law enforcement though, such career ending stigma’s are rare.

    Most likely Batts welcomed the firing. It frees him from having to solve the issues of Baltimore and trying to rebuild a relationship from a police department that has no confidence in him. Batts is free to move on to another department or he can be rewarded with an consulting job with the feds.

    Democrats do have a funny way of taking care of their own. It would not surprise me if he makes over 6 figures doing speeches because of what happen Baltimore.

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    • Mentalist says:

      Hopefully the FOP report will haunt Batts and prevent him from working in law enforcement though, such career ending stigma’s are rare.

      If he was able to find a sucker (SRB) to hire him after having domestic violence issues, Lobstergate, seeking the job as San Jose Police while still Oakland Police Chief, failing a background check for the San Jose job, his inept handling of the riots, etc. then I’m sure he will land on his feet somewhere.

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  8. beaujest says:

    That city needs a “Witchdoctor” not a chief !

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  9. dsb steve says:

    Would be interesting to read what the new chief thinks the arresting officers in the Gray case did wrong. Presumably the new guy wants officers to be proactive and stop crimes before they are committed. But how to be proactive when you do not know specifically what you can and cannot do?

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  10. jc says:

    Do you really think cops on the street will suddenly get gung-ho and take risks of being railroaded like the Baltimore 6 just because there is a new interim white chief? Before an about face you’d need to see charges dropped against the 6 and Moseby replaced. I think both are warranted by the facts but politically unacceptable. I think we’ll see patrolmen continue to give crims space in Baltigore

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    • princeofspace says:

      I agree. Morale stands no real chance of improvement until the Baltimore 6 are free. Add the ousting of the Mayor and Mosby and you’ll have “Death Star Exploding” level applause.

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  11. EyerollsGalore says:

    BaltSun excerpt: “[New Chief Kevin] Davis angered his officers [in another jurisdiction] in 2014 when he criticized their union’s donation to support Darren Wilson, the police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who shot teenager Michael Brown to death — an incident that sparked many of the same complaints and frustration as the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.”

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-kevin-davis-profile-20150708-story.html#page=1

    Great….

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    • DT says:

      Nice. Real nice. Lets just hope the second round of riots do fall during his watch. He can have a whole lot of coulda, shoulda, woulda heaped on his shoulders as karmic payback.

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    • Mentalist says:

      I will tell you that Prince George’s County (which like Baltimore City is majority black, but a little wealthier) is just as bad if not worse than Baltimore City.

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    • Ha Ha. So the new chief is just another “White Guilt” ridden apologist. Wow. I wonder how he will react when he gets blind-sided by SRB next? This guy is like the goat tied to the post in “Jurassic Park” and he probably doesn’t even realize it!

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  12. twocentsworth says:

    I’m not a huge Donald Trump fan, but Baltimore is one of those situations that screams for honest talk and “correct” attitudes and actions. Trump seems to actually care about Americans, American cities, and law/order. He talks the talk, and I’m hoping he can walk the walk. Baltimore, Ferguson, Cincinnati, Chicago, New York will all be better off for it. If nothing else, Trump made me realize how much I’m craving straight and honest talk from leaders…. it’s been too long.

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  13. Sandra says:

    I’m glad this is all blowing up in Obama’s face.

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  14. bitterlyclinging says:

    The city, the BGI, and the White House are going to damn well make sure that what happened in the Trayvon Martin case and the Mike Brown case does not happen to Baltimore. You’ll likely see duplicate IRS and State department stonewalling tactics in use here.
    Expect a ‘Reason’ style subpoena soon. Catherine Englebrecht won’t be alone for long.

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  15. John Galt says:

    Why did the Baltimore City Council stop publishing agenda & journal after Feb 2015 ?

    http://www.baltimorecitycouncil.com/legislative_record.htm

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  17. doodahdaze says:

    Here is something I had not heard about the riots. I thought it was just a CVS store.

    One consequence of the riots was that hundreds of thousands of doses of hard drugs are on the streets after an uncountable number of drug stores — 27 is the accepted figure — and two methadone clinics were looted.

    http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/09/baltimore-its-so-much-worse-than-you-think/

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  18. Just Sayin says:

    Speaking of Baltimore, did you know their murder rate … yeah, you knew that.

    BUT, can you tell me what three OTHER major cities have seen their murder rates jump by more than 33% in the first half of this year? Take a wild guess before you look.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/09/us-cities-homicide-surge-2015/29879091/

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