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Baltimore’s police commissioner resigns after charges for not paying federal taxes

FOTM–The IRS doesn’t care about your oversights and inability to prioritize your own affairs. Quit it with the excuses.

From Star-Telegram: When Baltimore’s mayor hand-picked Darryl De Sousa as her choice for police commissioner, heralding his experience and the respect he commanded in the city’s force, he proudly described himself as a chess player who uses strategic thinking to avoid pitfalls.

Now just a few months later, De Sousa is out of the game, resigning in embarrassment for failing to file his taxes, a key test of Adulthood 101.

De Sousa’s path from the corner office to the revolving door was speedy, even for a city accustomed to leadership instability in a scandal-plagued police force. De Sousa resigned on Tuesday, less than four months into the job, after being charged with failing to file three years of taxes.

Tuesday also was the deadline federal prosecutors gave the city for producing years of De Sousa’s financial records.

Rising through the Baltimore force’s ranks since the 1980s, De Sousa was the third commissioner in three years and the ninth since 2000. His downfall was a blow to Mayor Catherine Pugh and the City Council, which nearly unanimously authorized his promotion in February.

Law enforcement needs to follow the law. It is critically important that the citizens of Baltimore have complete faith in their police department. I am deeply disappointed by Mr. De Sousa’s actions that leave us in this place,” City Councilman Zeke Cohen said.

Pugh had portrayed her choice of the veteran police commander as the right person to lead the force as the violent crime rate continued to soar. She said his resignation shouldn’t derail the department’s recent successes, and she’s already begun a national search to find his successor.

“I want to reassure all Baltimoreans that this development in no way alters our strategic efforts to reduce crime by addressing its root causes in our most neglected neighborhoods,” said Pugh, who fired De Sousa’s predecessor, Kevin Davis, in January after roughly 2 ½ years on the job.

In the meantime, the force is being led by Deputy Commissioner Gary Tuggle. He was named as acting leader Friday.

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced last week that De Sousa “willfully failed to file a federal return for tax years 2013, 2014, and 2015, despite having been a salaried employee of the Baltimore Police Department in each of those years.”

If proven, each of three misdemeanor counts carries up to one year in prison and a $25,000 fine. But his ongoing case has the potential to get a whole lot worse for De Sousa: Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to the city’s finance and police departments, seeking specifics about his pay, taxes, travel, and second jobs dating back years, according to a Tuesday report by The Baltimore Sun.

De Sousa himself could not immediately be reached Tuesday. His attorney, Steven Silverman, said he did not wish to comment. Last week, Silverman said federal prosecutors didn’t give his client a chance to explain himself or file late returns before bringing criminal charges.

De Sousa’s twin brother, Jason, described his brother’s resignation as “a loss for Baltimore City.”

“This is not the end. He has a very bright future, he’s very talented,” he said, adding that his brother was taking care of his parents, who had Alzheimer’s, during the period when he didn’t file his taxes.

Last week, De Sousa issued a statement admitting his failure to file federal and state taxes for those three years. He called it an oversight, and said he did file his 2016 taxes and got an extension for 2017 with the help of a “registered tax adviser.”

“My only explanation is that I failed to sufficiently prioritize my personal affairs,” De Sousa said.

The U.S. Attorney’s office did not immediately comment on De Sousa’s resignation. His case is being handled by the same federal prosecutors who recently prosecuted eight members of a rogue Baltimore police unit called the Gun Trace Task Force. All but one await sentencing after pleading guilty or being convicted at trial of corruption charges.

The city’s police union, which applauded De Sousa’s promotion earlier this year, said it was “anxious to put these events behind us” and hoped Pugh would find a suitable replacement fast. “Our members deserve consistency in their leadership,” said Gene Ryan, union president.

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Baltimore hits 100 homicides for the year at second-fastest pace in a decade

Baltimore hit 100 homicides for the year with the fatal stabbing of a 74-year-old manat home and the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy on a recreation center basketball court in separate incidents Tuesday, marking the second-fastest pace of killings in the city in a decade.

The killings continue a stream of violence that left 34 dead in April, after lower homicide counts in February and March. Local anti-violence activists have scheduled their latest “Baltimore Ceasefire” effort to stop the violence for this weekend, from Friday through Sunday.

“You can just sit back & wait for things to change, or you can be the change you wanna see. #BaltimorePeaceChallenge #BaltimoreCeasefire,” wrote Erricka Bridgeford, one of the peace effort’s founders, on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

Last year, the city saw its 100th homicide on April 24. But prior to that, Baltimore hadn’t seen 100 killings this early in the year since 2007, when it occurred on May 7.

The city’s current count might also dip back below 100, if only until the next killing occurs, as police say a fatal stabbing downtown early Monday — in which a 23-year-old man stabbed another 23-year-old man who was attempting to rob him — may be reclassified as a justified killing. That determination depends on a review of the case by the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office, which had not been completed as of Wednesday morning, police said.

The number of killings this year remains below this time last year, which was the deadliest year in city history, on a per capita basis, with 342 homicides.

In 2015 and 2016, which saw the second- and third-most homicides per capita in city history, there weren’t 100 homicides until late May. In all the other intervening years since 2007, the city didn’t hit 100 homicides until June or July.

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Baltimore Police Robbed Homeless People and Resold Confiscated Heroin and Ecstasy Back on the Street






Baltimore Police Robbed Homeless People and Resold Confiscated Heroin and Ecstasy Back on the Street


April 4th, 2018

Via: Daily Mail:

It was a case that would rock Baltimore to its core. An elite police squad robbing its own citizens, stealing thousands of dollars and re-selling confiscated drugs.

There were homeless men and construction workers who were robbed, prisoners who claimed they were framed, and a shed where ecstasy and heroin were stored.

What sounds like a plot out of a Hollywood film became reality in March 2017 when seven of the eight men who made up the Gun Trace Task force were arrested.

They became one of America’s most corrupt police force, and their entire world came crashing down due to one rogue GPS tracker, according to the BBC.















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Baltimore Mayor Vows To Send 3,000 Students To Anti-Gun Rally In D.C.

Ahead of the student march for gun control in Washington, D.C., planned for this month, Baltimore’s mayor vowed that thousands of her city’s students will be among the protestors.

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said Tuesday that she will provide 60 buses to transport students to the “March for Our Lives” rally on March 24, which was organized by survivors of last month’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school.

Her announcement came as hundreds of Baltimore’s students walked out of classes and marched to City Hall to protest gun violence throughout the city and its schools. 

Once at City Hall, they were met by Pugh, who cheered them on.

Baltimore students, seen outside of City Hall on Tuesday, participated in a walkout to protest gun violence in schools and the city. (Baltimore Sun via Getty Images)Baltimore students, seen outside of City Hall on Tuesday, participated in a walkout to protest gun violence in schools and the city. (Baltimore Sun via Getty Images)

“We need to end this violence, and it needs to be heard from not just me, leaders of the city. We need to hear the voices of young people. Maybe then Congress will listen,” Pugh said, according to local station WBAL.

“We are a nation filled with too many guns,” the mayor added in a video message posted to Twitter later that night. “There is a need to control guns in our country, period, and so we want our young people in Baltimore’s voices to be heard in Washington, D.C.”

Pugh, during an exchange on the issue with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Wednesday night, said that funding for approximately 3,000 students’ transportation is being made available through both the private sector as well as through individual donations.

James Bentley, a spokesman for her office, confirmed that detail to HuffPost on Thursday, adding that Pugh’s office is actively reaching out to philanthropic donors for their support. As for Pugh’s decision to send students south, he said it followed the march’s national organizers reaching out late last month.

The organizers “expressed a desire to increase diversity at the march and to have the kids from Baltimore participate in the march,” he said in an email.

Students are seen participating in Tuesday's walkout to protest gun violence in schools and Baltimore.Students are seen participating in Tuesday's walkout to protest gun violence in schools and Baltimore.

Gun control in Baltimore remains a hot-button issue, with high crime and violence rates continuing to plague the city.

Last year, 88 percent of those killed in Baltimore died from a firearm. The majority of the guns used to commit the acts were illegally possessed, The Baltimore Sun reported citing local authorities said.

Another report in USA Today in January named Baltimore the nation’s most dangerous city, with the area having the nation’s highest per capita murder rate.

The Brennan Center for Justice, which reviewed crime statistics from the nation’s 30 largest cities, also reported that Baltimore saw a 16.4 percent increase in violent crimes between 2016 and 2017, a percentage that was higher than any other city. 

Students from Baltimore School for the Arts walk along Guilford Avenue on their way to City Hall on Tuesday. (Baltimore Sun via Getty Images)Students from Baltimore School for the Arts walk along Guilford Avenue on their way to City Hall on Tuesday. (Baltimore Sun via Getty Images)

During this week’s student march, the young demonstrators walked not just for those in Florida but themselves and those around them.

Student Quinn Parker, 16, marched with a sign reading “We stand with Excel Academy,” a school in West Baltimore that has lost seven students to gun violence over the last two years, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“Our city, with its history of such high homicide rates, needs to do a better job of keeping its students safe — everywhere,” Parker told the paper.

“We all need to come together and protest so that something can change,” another student, Talia Jackson, told WBAL. “I’m marching today because I think what is happening is unacceptable and it’s very disturbing.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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One Baltimore Neighborhood Has The Highest Vacancy Rate In America

The implosion of America’s inner cities is creating the real “shitholes,” and should be on everyone’s radar – not Haiti. In Baltimore, Maryland, decades of deindustrialization and 50-years of democratically controlled leadership has turned the city into a failed liberal experiment, with a homicide rate on par with Venezuela, a country that is suffering from an economic collapse.

In 2017, Baltimore’s population crashed to a 100-year low, as Baltimorans have finally discovered that the gentrification narrative by Kevin Plank, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Maryland Medical Center could be a distant pipedream. The fact is, the millennial generation is quickly leaving as violent crime has turned Baltimore into America’s most dangerous city.

Breaking down the racial wealth divide in Baltimore, the figures are truly shocking. When it comes to education, health, and wealth inequalities, Baltimore has the most extensive gaps in the United States. African Americans make up a majority of the total population coming in at 63 percent of 614,000.

But according to JPM, one-third of African American households have a net worth of zero. To make matters worse, the unemployment rate for African Americans is three times the rate of white workers, despite the garbage propaganda from the Trump administration declaring record low unemployment figures for African Americans.

Why do we need to know the structural backdrop of Baltimore? Well, because, it would better help us understand why the vacancy rate of one Baltimore neighborhood is the highest in the United States.

According to 24/7 Wall St., the report analyzed the 30 highest vacancy rates in U.S. Zipcodes from the housing market data company called Attom Data Solutions. Those 30 communities are situated in 20 inner cities across the United States.

24/7 Wall St finds similarities between all high vacancy rate locations:

Many have not participated in the nation’s economic recovery — areas that continue to experience the economic malaise of the Great Recession. They are characterized by shrinking populations, jobs loss, low home values, and underwater mortgages. 

The report names Zipcode 21223, a West Baltimore community as the highest vacancy rate in the United States coming in at 17.3%. Interesting enough, this is the same area where the American drama series ‘The Wire’ was filmed.

Like most neighborhoods with high vacancy rates, the area has suffered from population loss and declining property values over the last several years. The population of ZIP 21223 fell from 25,270 in 2012 to 25,127 in 2016, a 0.6% decline. Over the same period, the median home value in the zip code fell from $86,500 to $69,500, one of the largest drops in real estate value of any neighborhood.  

 

A bulk of the vacant buildings resides in  Zipcode 21223. However, the U.S. Census Bureau says there are as much as 46,800 vacant structures throughout the city. Simply, the city is shrinking…

JPM details the phenomenon behind vacant structures and homicides:

There is no shortage of theories to explain it—a dearth of jobs and opportunities, poor schools, underinvestment in public services. The plight of the city’s most vulnerable residents mirrors that of cities across the country.

As residents began leaving Baltimore in the 1950s, public investment followed them to the suburbs. While the city’s population has dropped, the surrounding counties have grown by leaps and bounds. And along with the people came investments in roads, schools, and businesses, leaving far fewer resources for the core city.

In November, we documented how one neighborhood in Zipcode 21223 was under lockdown, as one citizen said, “Police Declared Martial Law.”

 

 

To sum up, the situation in Baltimore is only going to get worse as the city continues to shrink. As JPM demonstrates high vacancy rates leads to more violent crime. The situation is critical in Baltimore, can the city avoid a collapse before 2020?

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WATCH: Baltimore Officials Agree to Pay $135K to Unarmed Man Shot by Police


Baltimore’s spending panel has approved a $135,000 payment to settle a lawsuit filed by an unarmed man who was shot in the leg by police.

The payment to John Rau III settles the lawsuit he filed against police Major Byron Conaway and the Baltimore Police Department. The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Catherine Pugh, voted for the deal.

At issue were the events of Sept. 28, 2015, near the 2400 block of Washington Boulevard in Morrell Park. Conaway approached Rau, suspecting narcotics activity, according to city officials.

Conaway said Rau did not respond to commands and refused to show his hands. Fearing Rau was armed, Conaway shot Rau in the thigh. No weapons and drugs were found on Rau.

Rau said he suffered physical, emotional, mental and financial injuries as a result of the shooting. He filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages.

City lawyers said they decided to settle the case after reviewing the facts and legal issues involved in the suit.

In 2016, Baltimore prosecutors said the police commander did nothing illegal and determined the shooting was justified. The prosecutor who investigated the case told The Baltimore Sun at the time that Conaway had no way of knowing that Rau wasn’t armed.

Prosecutors explain why they decided shooting by Baltimore police commander was justified
The shooting was captured by a surveillance camera.

Rau told investigators he couldn’t initially tell who Conaway was, then was startled when the officer drew his firearm and pointed it toward him, according to his taped interview with police.

“I ain’t do nothing, and you’re pointing a gun at me,” Rau said. “I just had a feeling he was going to shoot me. And he shot me.”

Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-shooting-settlement-20171011-story.html

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BALTIMORE Business owners say crime is out of control and scaring customers away….so they’ve hired private security officers to patrol the streets

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Baltimore City has passed the 300-homicide mark for the third year in a row, from 2015-2017, and business owners are taking matters into their own hands.

Business owners in Fells Point say the crime is out of control and is scaring customers away, so they’ve hired private security officers to patrol the streets.

Last year, 343 people were murder in the city. The violent spike in crime also found its way to the downtown and Inner Harbor areas.

The small business community has vowed to stop the bloodshed and keep residents and visitors safe. The Downtown Partnership shelled out a staggering $30,000 during the holiday season for extra security.

The money came from business owners and retailers who paid for more than a dozen private officers, who roamed downtown Baltimore for about two weeks, including the Inner Harbor for the New Year’s fireworks show.

“I don’t feel safe. I feel like they need to do more,” Brittney Johnson said.

Uniformed guides and security officers have been on guard, while maintenance crews have been tending to the district.

“It is the way we need to move forward for ourselves and for our businesses, because we can’t keep going the same direction that we’re going and not getting results,” said Points South Baltimore owner Bryson Keens.

Zelda Zen owner Beth said as the murder rate climbs, sales drop.

“The customers are not coming downtown,” Beth said.

The hired personnel have been also walking employees to their cars at night.

Some of the guards are armed, according to officials. The Downtown Partnership said they have ended the holiday security program but it will resume later in January.

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FBI Rejects Baltimore Police Department’s Request To Take Over Suiter Investigation


The FBI has rejected the Baltimore Police Department’s request to take over the investigation of Detective Sean Suiter’s death, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced Wednesday .

The FBI says there is no evidence to suggest Suiter’s death was directly connected to the police corruption case that Suiter was set to testify in the day after he was shot, or another FBI investigation.

“For [that] reason we believe it’s prudent for the [Baltimore Police] to continue as the lead in this investigation with our current commitment to assist and support you fully [with] FBI analytical, forensic and investigative support,” FBI Assistant Director Stephen Richardson said in a letter to Davis. “If we develop information that changes our assessment of the investigation, we will, of course, take appropriate action.”

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to support the ongoing investigation and will help identify any leads in the case. The $25,000 reward from the FBI for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in the case remains. The Baltimore Police Department’s $215,000 reward for information still stands as well.

Davis asked FBI Director Christopher Wray for the FBI to take over the case three weeks ago.

In an announcement Wednesday, Davis said they have no real physical evidence that ties to one individual person or suspect in the case. Suiter was shot in the head with his own weapon while investigating a case in West Baltimore last month.

He also said there is “Zero evidence” that Detective Suiter’s death was suicide.

“I took the unusual step to ask the FBI to take the lead on this investigation primarily because of the extraordinary circumstances associated with the death of Detective Suiter,” Davis said. “Primarily the fact that he was scheduled to testify as a witness the very next day in federal court regarding an ongoing corruption investigation led by the FBI. It was out of an abundance of caution.

“I wanted the credibility to be at its very highest level. I want it to be transparent,” Davis said. “I wanted then and still want now folks in Baltimore to realize that I will not hesitate to ask for any assistance whatsoever to help us get to the bottom of this case.”

Davis says tips have come in, but they have not helped the investigation identify a person of interest.

“I’m waiting for that 3 a.m. phone call in the middle of the night that says ‘Guess what? we just got that break in this thing,’ and I’m optimistic that will eventually happen,” Davis said.

Davis says homicides don’t always get solved right away, citing a few high-profile homicide cases that were solved this year, those being the McKenzie Elliott and Latrina Ashburne cases. Those cases began in 2014 and 2016.

“I hear the [corruption] concerns…the eight indicted police officers is something that has been a blow to this city in 2017,” Davis said. “I understand skepticism…and that’s primarily the reason I asked the FBI to take the lead in this case.”

While the case will not be investigated publicly, Davis says a copy of the radio transmission made by Suiter clearly sounds like him in distress. He will reconsider releasing that audio now that the request for the FBI to take over the investigation is no longer pending.

Davis says a thorough re-examination and a fresh set of eyes on everything is always helpful in an investigation.

“These Baltimore Police detectives are the best in the business,” Davis said. “It’s not a matter of any questioning or doubt about the talent that exists in BPD homicide, because that talent is there, but it’s such an emotional thing to investigate the death, not only of a police officer, but a fellow detective.”

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