Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is pushing for new state legislation that would make it easier to suspend police officers after they’ve been charged with a crime. Right now, the state’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights only allows an officer to be suspended without pay if they’re charged with a felony. The measures supported by the mayor would add a new “misconduct in office” felony charge to any officer charged with a misdemeanor assault, accelerate the internal discipline process for police, and bulk up the authority of the city’s Civilian Review Board to investigate complaints.
Baltimore’s City Council is moving forward with a bill to add a Residential Parking Permit zone in Hampden, ahead of the opening of a major shopping center (with a parking garage). The zone would cover many of the residential streets in the neighborhood, limiting visitors to two-hour parking in the area. Residents and business owners in the area have mixed feelings about the RPP bill, as parking is already tight in the neighborhood, yet restrictive parking may ward off visitors. The council’s final vote on the bill is next week.
Police found the man they believe is responsible for a recent robbery and assault of a pregnant woman in Guilford.
Some state legislators are likely to give another crack at legalizing marijuana in Maryland, following the lack of societal collapse in Colorado and Washington, states that passed similar laws in recent years.