My point is to show how media today deliberately hides the balanced view that would let the American people know who these public officials really are and what their real records in office are. This is how we keep voting for a Democratic candidates that is not really a Democrat. Mayor Rawlings-Blake works for neo-conservative Johns Hopkins which writes all policing policy used in Baltimore. So, the bad policy comes from Johns Hopkins who uses the police force as a development tool with policy straight from military policing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mayor Rawlings-Blake runs as a Democrat and serves as a neo-conservative by a complete commitment to Hopkins' policies.
As we said, Baltimore has a long history of police abuse that grew strong with then Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley also installing Hopkin's policy of zero tolerance policing. Incarceration rates soared for minor misdemeanors---100,000 citizens jailed in Baltimore under O'Malley many guilty of little or no crime. The idea was to get people to leave for fear or frustration and/or to create criminal records of felonies that keep people from being able to access social services and housing-----forcing them to move away from Baltimore. Fast forward to today and Rawlings-Blake and this is still the policy and the outrage in the city is bubbling. The population in Baltimore has dropped some----but not nearly the level worthy of this war against the poor.
THE MEDIA IS CALLING O'MALLEY 'PROGRESSIVE' WHEN HE HAS THE WORST RECORD ON PROGRESSIVE ISSUES---HE WORKED FOR NEO-CONSERVATIVE JOHNS HOPKINS.
The reason this dynamic exists is that labor and justice organization leaders that should be organizing against this captured machine actually support these Clinton Wall Street global corporate neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons every election. It seems they do this just to secure jobs----as Maryland is a pay-to-play state where a vote gets a job.
The article below does a good job summarizing the current state of affairs with Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Police Chief Batts. Rawlings-Blake did not decide on Batts-----Johns Hopkins did and it is a long relationship that brought Batts to Baltimore.
Product of the Environment
Monday, September 3, 2012
Who is Dr. Anthony Batts? A Dr. Black or Mr. Hyde?
By Baltimore Copwatch Founder, Jason Rodriguez
Again we find Baltimore City faced with the looming decision on who will be the next Police Commissioner. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the public shortly after the announcement of former Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III retirement in May, that the selection process would be conducted by a panel of Law enforcement experts who would conduct interviews of both internal and external applicants, and would recommend the finalist to the Mayor. Well the legal experts have spoken and the Mayor has made her final decision on who she wants to be the next Baltimore City Police Commissioner.
(Resigned) Former Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts, has over 29 years in law enforcement. Mostly served in the Southern portion of California. An area that has a bad history of Police Department misconducts and civil rights violations. Oakland has it's shares of problems too. In fact, the Oakland Police Department where Batts was Chief last, was facing Federal receivership (a Fed takeover), for not complying with Court order reforms. This order was issued 9 years ago by the U.S. District Court to the Oakland Police Department. U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson said on January 24, 2012 that he, "remains in disbelief that the Department has failed to adopt the reforms". Judge Henderson expressed his frustration with the pace of improvement from the Department in a 5-page ruling, and was considering placing the Department under Federal control. Chief Batts resigned in protest after two years of service on October 11, 2011. Just a few months before the U.S. District Court reprimanded the Oakland Police Department for not complying with the Courts orders and threatened it's takeover.
We contacted the Oakland California Mayor's Office and the Interim Communications Manager Jay Allen said that, "Mayor Quan has no comment to the media on the resent hiring of former Police Chief Anthony Batts at this time". When we tried to ask the Interim Communications Manager could she comment on the working relationship between Mayor Quan and former Chief Batts, Mrs. Allen stated, "No comment". So I am left to write this article from only one side of the story as to why Chief Batts really resigned. According to his e-mail to the press, Chief Batts said his goal was to, "help rebuild a once proud, professional Department geared toward crime reduction and community services..." He went on to say that, "Now, rather than a Chief managing a Department of law enforcement professionals making the streets of Oakland safe, I found myself with limited control but full accountability... The landscape has changed radically over the past two years with new and different challenges". Most of the Oakland City Council members we spoke to did not know what the beef was between Mayor Jean Quan and former Police Chief Batts. Whatever the beef was it wasn't good for the Citizens of Oakland California.
Another fact we know about former Chief Anthony Batts is that he spent 27 years at the Long Beach California Police Department before leaving for Oakland. He rose up through the ranks to become Police Chief of Long Beach in 2002, during a time when the Department was dealing with large amounts of complaints of right's being violated, lawsuits, and protest against police brutality. The Long Beach Police Department has a long history of Police brutality complaints. The L.A. riots in 1992 quickly spread to Long Beach and when the riots were over 340 fires were set, 1 person died, 361 were injured and over 1,200 were arrested in the worst act of Cilvil disobedience in Long Beach history. Hundreds of complaints of Police Brutality were reported after. Rapper Snoop Dogg told Playboy in an interview on October 11, 2011 that he was in Long Beach during the L.A. riots and that there were many problems in the way the Long Beach Police responded to the event. It was criminal from what Snoop told Playboy. These are the ranks from which Officer Anthony Batts would have come through.
Besides serving 29 years in some of the most corrupt Police Departments in America, Anthony Batts service is without it's shares of personal scandals. The East Bay Express published a story on December 7, 2011, titled, "The Absent Police Chief" where Investigative Reporter Robert Gammon looked at the official calendar of former Police Chief Anthony Batts covering his two years in Oakland. Robert Gammon found that former Chief Batts took days off without explanation, routinely left early on Friday's so he could enjoy long weekends off, and left his post during the part of the week when the City tends to have it's most violent crimes. In fact, the official record shows that former Chief Batts left work no later than 3PM on at least 54 Friday's over the two years. That doesn't include the vacations, unexplained days off, and approved days off. 8 other occasions Chief Batts left no later than 4PM. Sources familiar with Chief Batts travels say that he often flew back to Long Beach for extended weekends.
Gammon also noted that Chief Batts behavior, his public questioning of Oaklander's commitment to combating crime, while not putting in a full work schedule himself rankled member's of Oakland's hard working police command staff. The Oakland Police Department is notoriously understaffed according to Gammon, requiring Officers of all ranks to shoulder the heavy workloads in a City with one of the worst crime problems in the Country. We contacted the Oakland Police Officers Association and spoke with the Board President Barry Donelan who said, "the OPOA has no comment on former Chief Batts..." but stated before we hung up, "Good Luck with that, Baltimore is going to need it with him". It doesn't sound like Batts was very like by his Law enforcement peers. Oakland Copwatch told us that, "...he wasn't liked by many in the upper command because many of them was under double workloads, while Batts was M.I.A. in the field." Oakland Copwatch is a community based group in Oakland California that polices the Police, and knows former Chief Anthony Batts well.
Being absent from the job, and not a visible leader out in the trenches is the least of the scandals for former Chief Batts. The Long Beach Beachcomber reported on February 11, 2011 that former Long Beach Police Chief Batts was turned down for a job opportunity in San Jose California after a background investigation revealed a history of domestic violence against women with whom he had relationships with. The Beachcomber, a news publication in Long Beach California revealed Batts dark past in an April 14, 2009 story about him being blackmailed over indiscretions as part of the Lobstergate inquiry. Lobstergate involved Long Beach Officers going diving for Lobsters in the Bay while on-duty. The whistle blowers were fired for reporting the misconduct as punishment, supposedly by Batts. Batts at the time was being blackmailed by a female friend who knew about Lobstergate and in May 2010 he threatened her in response to her request for payment. The Beachcomber reported that a police complaint was lodged and investigated, but no action was taken against Batts.
On January 26, 2011 the Long Beach Systems for Public Safety conducted an SPS background investigation into Batts 27 years with the Long Beach Police Department, 7 of those last years were as the Police Chief. In less than 24 hours in several interviews, CEO Sid P. Smith conducting the investigation learned about the Lobstergate scandal and Batts multiple affairs with women, some whom were Officers at the LBPD under his command and some whom had filed domestic violence reports against Batts. Two of the five domestic violence reports involve Congresswoman Laura Richardson, who was married to Anthony Batts between 1995 and 2002. One incident is reported to have took place shortly after Richardson was elected to the Long Beach City Council, and before Batts was named Long Beach Chief. Richardson reportedly sought refuge with co-Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga and showed up to one Council Meeting wearing sunglasses to conceal the blemish. She had a black eye. We were told by the Beachcomber that a complaint was filed and investigated in this case too, but no action again was taken against Batts. We contacted the now Congresswoman Laura Richardson's office and spoke to her staff. We were told someone would get back to us with a comment. At this time we have not heard back from Congresswoman Richardson's office.
We contacted the Long Beach Beachcomber and spoke with Jay Beeler who wrote the articles and he stated that without a doubt the allegations are all true. In fact, Batts was having an affair with a female Officer while he was married. An Officer who's sexual relationship spanned over 10 years with Batts, and helped the Beachcomber with the investigation for there exposé of articles into Batts dark background. Jay Beeler said they spoke with many Officers who knew Batts to piece together there articles and stand by there investigation. Jay Beeler said, "it was like he knew we were on to him, so he started looking for a way out of town. So he found the Oakland PD, told a phony story as to why he was leaving, and left Long Beach fast". The Beachcomber also informed us that they will be publishing another series of articles next week looking into the technique of Batts "silver tongue", especially with respect to female Mayor's. This will be the third female Mayor, Batts has managed to convince to lead a major Police Department. The Beachcomber called Batts, "A smooth operator, he talks a great game, but in terms of performance... What were your accomplishments in Long Beach? What were your specific accomplishments in Oakland?"
Jay Beeler also commented on why he felt there wasn't more news media jumping on this domestic violence story. He blames it on the documentation problem. "They won't release any documents out of L.A. to me under the Public Information Act. San Diego same deal.", he said. We learned why the Beachcomber's Jay Beeler was having so much trouble getting any records when we spoke to our friends from Oakland Copwatch. They told us that, "On August 29, 2006, the California Supreme Court in a case called, "Copley Press vs. Superior Court" held that records of an administrative appeal of sustained misconduct charges are confidential and not be disclosed to the public. Meaning an Officers complaint records can not be accessed by the public and prevents the public from knowing the extent of an Officers misconducts or there punishment. This ruling is what prevented the Beachcomber from gaining access to the domestic violence complaints on Chief Batts." Oakland Copwatch expressed some concerns about the Baltimore City hiring of former Chief Batts and referred me to talk to a Oakland Police Department watchdog, who runs an on-line blog dedicated to the OPD and it's corruption. We'll follow up and get back to you on what we learn from the OPD watchdog in reference to former Chief Batts service while at the OPD.
Jay Beeler with the Beachcomber expressed his concerns too. Saying that, "It seems like Baltimore City didn't do a good job investigating into the background of Anthony Batts." He concluded by saying, "You think they would have looked on the internet or something... (jokingly laughing)" Beeler said he had a statement for the Citizen of Baltimore City. "It would be a huge mistake on the part of Baltimore City if they confirm Anthony Batts as there Police Commissioner... for his qualifications just aren't there!", he warned. The Beachcomber's Jay Beeler also pointed out that they had just learned that Batts had listed one of his more resent work experiences with a consulting group. Jay Beeler said he had just seen the article on the Baltimore Business Journal's website, where it listed Batts resent work experience as a CEO to a consulting company called, "A. William White". Beeler said he knew where the name came from when he first saw it and said the "A" stood for "Anthony", and the "William White" was Batts name before he was adopted. Beeler found it funny and ironic that Batts was a CEO of one. "One" employee that is.
Which leads us to our Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and her poor choices she has made in her resent appointments. Remember Rico Singleton? Hired as the Cities top information technology official. Forced to resign because of alleged ethics violations between him, his wife and a million dollar software contract with the State of New York. He was Head of New York State's I.T. Department at the time, before coming to Baltimore City. When Mr. Singleton applied for the Head I.T. job in Baltimore City, he list his past experience as a Vice-President with a company that his wife's was the CEO of. Word was the company was a front company to get a minority status for contract bidding and that Mr. Singleton was Vice-President in name only. That same company is being investigated by the New York State Authorities. Sounds like to me he ran from New York to Baltimore City. Did Mr. Singleton know the New York Authorities were on to him, and so he found his escape in Baltimore City by using a "silver tongue" too?
Now, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has decided that former Chief Anthony Batts is the best choice (after a nationwide search), for Police Commissioner of Baltimore City. The Mayor's only real instructions given to the legal Think Tank was that the next Police Commissioner would have to follow her outlined Public Safety Strategy and Priority Plan. A plan that included a pledge to, "Reducing violence against women, specifically domestic violence and sexual assault." Hiring former Chief Anthony Batts would be a slap in the face to those principles and an insult to all the Woman of Baltimore City who look to be protected against domestic violence. It's like hiring a chicken hawk to watch over the hen house. Would you let a child predator work in a school? Then why would you hire someone who will take an oath to Protect and Service the Citizens of Baltimore City, including women, who (we'll say allegedly) is a victimizer of woman.
The Citizens of Baltimore City should be in outage by the Mayor's selection. I encourage you to contact the Mayor's Office, and every member in the Baltimore City Council. Ask the Mayor and the Council members to, "denounce the hiring of former Chief Anthony Batts as our next Police Commissioner, for he has a history of domestic violence". With so many fine men and women serving in the Baltimore City Police Department, I would hope the Mayor can let go of any ideas of continuing to look across the Country for our next Police Commissioner, and allow a real local leader in the Department to step up to the plate. They have earned it. I'm sure they'll do better than the poor choice of Anthony "William White" Batts from the West Coast. That fake, that phony, that Hyde. We'll keep turning over the rocks of California to get to the bottom of all this. My friends from Oakland Copwatch gave me so many leads. Thanks Oakland Copwatch for your help.
As you see below Batts left Oakland for just the same reasons that are unfolding in Baltimore----a Federal oversight that Batts found too restrictive for his kind of policing. Baltimore wanted his kind of policing record with all of the brutality, corruption, and lack of transparency because that is how Baltimore police department has worked for decades under Johns Hopkins.
Batts has had orientation at Harvard on policy so comes with the Wall Street approach to policing----see no evil as regards white collar crime but use the stick on the masses.
Anthony Batts, Oakland Police Chief, Resigns
SFGate | By Brant Ward / the Chronicle Posted: 10/11/2011 8:00 pm EDT Updated: 12/11/2011 5:12 am EST
Batts, 50, told a news conference at Oakland City Hall this afternoon that his decision to leave was in part the result of frustration over the many layers of bureaucracy within city government. Batts' resignation is effective next month. The chief said he is considering a research position with Harvard University.
Citizens of Baltimore know Rawlings-Blake and Batts tried to avoid this Federal takeover by pulling together a less official panel they called a Federal oversight group but from the start police activists in Baltimore called this group a dog-and-pony show because of the people on the panel......So, Rawlings-Blake did not want this Federal oversight in Baltimore----she was forced into it. The problem for the citizens of Baltimore and the solution of this problem is Johns Hopkins is never mentioned as the source of this police policy and controlling the Mayor and Baltimore City Hall. We are trying to vote out these pols working for Hopkins but Baltimore politics is very crony and corrupt as well.
Baltimore mayor seeks federal civil-rights probe of police
Baltimore mayor seeks federal civil-rights probe... www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/south/2015/05/..
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Boston Herald.com
BALTIMORE — Baltimore's mayor was emphatic last week: She did not want federal oversight of her police department."Nobody wants the Department of Justice to come in here and take over our city," Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declared as the National Guard enforced a 10 p.m. curfew.
But it was hard to find any opposition Wednesday after she softened her tone and asked the U.S. Justice Department to launch a broad civil rights investigation that could eventually force the city to make changes under the oversight of an outside monitor.
The Democratic mayor now says she'll accept outside intervention to rebuild public trust in a city torn by riots over the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody.
"I am determined not to allow a small handful of bad actors to tarnish the reputation of the overwhelming majority of police officers who are acting with honor and distinction," she wrote in a letter to the new U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch.
The mayor's announcement came the day after her closed-door meeting at City Hall with Lynch, who pledged to improve the police department and told faith and community leaders that "we're here to hold your hands and provide support."
Lynch has received the mayor's request and is considering it, Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said Wednesday.
"I think that's probably a step in the right direction," Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said.
The city's police union and City Council president also welcomed the development.
A key figure who didn't immediately respond was Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, brought in from Oakland, California, by the mayor 2 1/2 years ago to reform the department.
The mayor's request could put Batts' leadership under a microscope. A police spokesman had no immediate response to requests for the commissioner's reaction. An email and a text message were not immediately returned.
Baltimore suffered days of unrest after Gray died April 19 after a week in a coma following his arrest. Protesters threw bottles and bricks at police the night of his funeral on April 27, injuring nearly 100 officers. More than 200 people were arrested as cars and businesses burned.
Baltimore has already been participating in a voluntary Justice Department review, requested by Rawlings-Blake and Batts last fall. It would enable police to implement reforms without a court order or independent monitor.
But City Council President Jack Young said he's been warning since October that police won't change unless they're forced to.
"The police commissioner could have said, 'Well, now, I don't want to do that,' and he didn't have to do it," Young said. "In my opinion, it was a toothless tiger."
The Justice Department also is investigating whether Gray's civil rights were violated, a much narrower review than what Rawlings-Blake sought Wednesday.
Meanwhile, six officers face state charges ranging from assault to second-degree murder in Gray's death. At least two of them have filed motions challenging the prosecutor's assertion that Gray was arrested illegally.
The investigation the mayor now wants is a wide-ranging civil-rights probe, examining how police use force, and search and arrest suspects. A similar investigation followed the shooting of an unarmed, 18-year-old black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The department ultimately concluded that Ferguson's police and courts engaged in patterns of racial profiling, bigotry and profit-driven law enforcement, and directed local authorities to make changes. Local authorities still insist they did nothing wrong.
At least 20 police departments have been investigated this way for a variety of suspected systemic misconduct in the past five years, more than twice the number of cases opened in the previous five years, the Justice Department said when it opened the Ferguson inquiry.
Baltimore police union president Gene Ryan said the union also has "issues with many of the current policies and procedures of the department," and pledged to cooperate with any investigation that could lead to improvement in the department and officers' morale.
City Council Member Brandon Scott also welcomed the federal involvement.
"Like they have in most places, they're going to find some things we're doing well, they're going to find some things we're doing not so well, and they're going to have to be stern and hard on our city to correct those," Scott said.
Stephen Rushin, a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Illinois who is working on a book about police reform, said Rawlings-Blake's announcement shows she's serious about fixing the department. He said mayors don't typically request civil-rights investigations, but it can be smart to embrace them.
"It's to everyone's benefit if it comes up as a collaborative, unified effort to make reform," Rushin said. "If the city feels this is going to happen either way, it's to their advantage to support it."
The Rev. C.D. Witherspoon, who leads the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Baltimore, said he's been asking for years for the Justice Department to run the city's police force from Washington.
"If this is just a probe and bring forth recommendations, as they have done in the past, that won't be helpful. If they find things that are potentially problematic, I wonder if they will be willing to put the department under receivership and take the reins," Witherspoon said.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it's up to Lynch to decide what to do next.
"She has a very good understanding of the way that those law enforcement and prosecutorial enterprises should conduct themselves," Earnest said.
We want to be clear now that the request for Federal oversight has been made----the pols now connecting themselves to a probe that is only happening because this Freddie Grey case went national are mostly involved in the police abuse throughout the years. Jack Young bleeds Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Development so he is 100% behind the policy they write and the selection of Chief Batts. He is posing in his get-tough talk of police reform. Testimony by activists over years at Baltimore City Hall of these abuses have fallen on deaf ears and Maryland Assembly passes laws specific to Baltimore with a goal to keep citizens from accessing justice when the Baltimore State's Attorney refuses to bring charges. So, this level of police brutality and unconstitutional policing has existed for decades with the same Baltimore pols aiding and abetting these conditions. The window-dressing justice panel created by Rawlings-Blake before the riots would have been the only official action and most knew that panel was a dog-and-pony show.
WE DO NOT WANT POLITICIANS WITH LONG CAREERS IN BALTIMORE TO FIND SHELTER UNDER FALSE SUPPORT FOR REFORMS!
Rawlings-Blake and Batts were criticized for not bringing in the national guard earlier but it all revolves around avoiding bad publicity for the city and its economic development---not around justice for the citizens of Baltimore. Elijiah Cummings is beside Obama and his embracement of Federalism Act that keeps the Federal government from coming into states under citizen request. Citizens have called for years for the Federal Justice Department to come and it is only happening because the mayor or governor requests it.
Mayor Wants Justice Dept. to Investigate in Baltimore:
[National Desk]Eligon, John; Williams, Timothy. New York Times, Late Edition (East Coast) [New York, N.Y] 07 May 2015:
Dena Iverson, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said that the agency had received the mayor's request, and that Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch "is actively considering that option in light of what she heard from law enforcement, city officials, and community, faith and youth leaders in Baltimore."
Her request came days after the state's attorney for Baltimore filed criminal charges against six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 after being injured while in police custody, sparking large demonstrations, arson and looting.
"We all know that Baltimore continues to have a fractured relationship between the police and the community," Ms. Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. "We have to have a foundation of trust, and I believe that we need the assistance of the Department of Justice and the civil rights investigation to shore up that foundation, which is weak right now in this city."
She added, "I'm willing to do what it takes to reform my department."
Her call puts significant pressure on the Justice Department to begin a "pattern-or-practice" investigation of the Baltimore police, which would look into whether officers used excessive force, carried out street stops based on the race of individuals or arrested people without probable cause. Separately, the Justice Department is also investigating whether the police violated Mr. Gray's civil rights.
This inquiry would be similar to reviews the department has conducted in about 20 cities around the country during the past six years, including in Ferguson, Mo., after the fatal police shooting last year of Michael Brown.
Dena Iverson, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said that the agency had received the mayor's request, and that Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch "is actively considering that option in light of what she heard from law enforcement, city officials, and community, faith and youth leaders in Baltimore."
Two United States officials, who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said that the Justice Department was likely to open a civil rights investigation but that no decision had been made.
Ms. Rawlings-Blake's call came after two weeks of turmoil in which her leadership was questioned amid widespread demonstrations against the police. The Justice Department has been considering a civil rights investigation of Baltimore for years, current and former officials said, but held off because the city appeared willing to make changes. In the fall, Ms. Rawlings-Blake asked for the Justice Department's help in examining the practices and procedures of the force. Those visits are likely to result in nonbinding recommendations in the next few weeks.
On Tuesday, Bernard C. Young, the president of the City Council, and 10 other members sent a letter to Ms. Lynch asking for "a full-scale civil rights investigation" of the Baltimore police, which the group said it had also asked Eric H. Holder Jr. to open in October 2014 when he was the attorney general.
"The systemic mistreatment of members of the African-American community by some officers within the Baltimore Police Department helped contribute to a strained relationship between police and the citizens who depend on them for protection and service," the letter read in part. "The city of Baltimore is in desperate need of a binding federal review of the police department in order to repair this fractured relationship."
During an interview Wednesday, Mr. Young said the city needed more than the earlier review. "It's not binding," he said. "The commissioner could say, 'Thank you, but no thanks.' "
He also said the majority of Baltimore's police officers did good work. "The citizens of Baltimore have been crying out for years because of the mistreatment and mistrust of the Police Department -- and it's not the entire Police Department," he said.
Jill P. Carter, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates who represents Baltimore, said that she feared that policing practices would not change once all the attention moved on from Mr. Gray's death.
"I'm skeptical," she said. "There's already been lawsuits where there have been consent decrees and orders to be followed where there's very little evidence that they've been followed."
Just last week, the mayor said at a televised community meeting that "nobody wants the Department of Justice to come and take over our city." The Justice Department does not take over cities and, even in civil rights investigation, does not take over the management of police departments.
The mayor was under tremendous political pressure, Ms. Carter said.
"The attention that's been focused on our city is now requiring the political leadership of the city to do something," she said. Regarding the mayor's call for a Justice Department investigation, Ms. Carter added, "This is one tool in the toolbox the mayor can use to try to fix what's wrong."
The Baltimore police union said it welcomed a federal inquiry. "We, too, have many issues with current policies and procedures of the department," Gene Ryan, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, said in a statement.
Although it is uncommon for a mayor to seek a Justice Department civil rights inquiry of its police department, it is not unprecedented. Recent investigations of the police in Cleveland and in Washington, for example, were opened after the federal authorities received requests by the mayors and police chiefs of those cities.
"Asking for a pattern-or-practice investigation is politically very smart and gives enormous cover to a political leader because they are calling for a thorough investigation," said William Yeomans, a law professor at American University, who is a former Justice Department official. "The burden then shifts to the federal government to actually get the work done and do the investigation."
The inquiries as a rule take several months to more than one year and examine things like hiring practices, arrests, training procedures, and incidents of force and possible racial profiling. Ms. Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she had asked the Justice Department to investigate "if our police department has engaged in a pattern of stops, searches or arrests that violate the Fourth Amendment," and further, what factors "contribute to excessive force or discriminatory policing."
The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, and a federal investigation into whether Baltimore's officers had violated that constitutional protection would probably cover a wide array of the everyday work police officers perform, including making arrests, carrying out stop-and-frisks and obtaining search warrants.
Once the federal investigation is complete, the Justice Department and city officials typically conduct negotiations about the specific reforms in policing that federal officials have sought and the speed at which the new policies are to be put in place.
If an agreement is not reached, the Justice Department can move to sue the department, which usually results in a consent decree in which a federal court monitors the pace of reforms.
Elijah E. Cummings, a member of the House of Representatives, said Wednesday that he supported a civil rights inquiry, adding, "Mr. Gray's death is only the most recent case underscoring the need to examine our police department from top to bottom."
Also Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced an end to the state of emergency that was put in place April 27 during rioting in the city. He said the last of the National Guard troops and other police called up to assist had left.
In total, 3,000 National Guard troops and 1,000 additional police officers had been called in to assist, he said.
Mr. Hogan said 250 businesses had been burned, looted or vandalized, and more than 170 cars were damaged. He added that he supported the mayor's call for a civil rights inquiry of the police.
"I think that's probably a step in the right direction," Mr. Hogan said.
The piece that is missing from Chief Batts being brought to Baltimore and his connections to Oakland have to do with Johns Hopkins and one of its corporations------SAIC. SAIC is a product of surveillance of which Hopkins is tops and as we see here----Cheney and Halliburton------fellow neo-conservatives full of war and spying fun are teamed with this Hopkins corporation. Guess what?
IT IS FULL OF CORRUPTION AND FRAUD----DOES THAT SOUND BALTIMORE AND DOES THIS SOUND LIKE BALTIMORE POLICING? YOU BETCHA.
Batts worked in Oakland, California when SAIC was being installed in that city so he has the connection with the surveillance corporation that is setting up or is already set up in Baltimore. Since we have no public accountability or media that investigates and exposes this stuff as Oakland, California did---we can assume that is why Batts was brought to Baltimore. So, none of this has anything to do with policy brought to us from Baltimore City Hall-----they are simply Hopkins puppets running as Democrats and installing neo-conservative policy as with the Baltimore policing policy.
SAIC is Johns Hopkins and represents billions of taxpayer dollars sent to Hopkins in development funding and as you see below-----it operates world-wide just as Baltimore Board of Estimates operates here in Baltimore. The corruption in cost overruns and bid-rigging is breath-taking and you see the same ethics permeates all of what these Ivy League Universities are involved.
SAIC is the spying network behind the NSA that Snowden exposed to the world and it is in the consortium of security and surveillance groups that operate as ISIO above. ISIO would be an example of what the police privatization in Baltimore would look like. For decades SAIC and ISIO have operated in developing worlds but they are now moving into Western countries to control dissent of Americans et al to being taken third world.
Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin have worked hard to send Federal funds to build these kinds of systems through Hopkins. HOW TOTALITARIAN OF THEM!
The article states that despite the known corruption in SAIC that Bloomberg of NYC handed a multi-million contract to the same and the reporter wonders why give business to a known criminal element-----WELL, HOPKINS IS BLOOMBERG.
'SO INEFFECTIVE'-----DOESN'T THAT SOUND LIKE GOVERNMENT IN MARYLAND AND BALTIMORE???
Just How Corrupt is SAIC?
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 7:23PM
The latest revelation in the CityTime corruption case offers yet more evidence that the Science Applications International Corp., or SAIC, may have an unethical organizational culture. SAIC is one of the largest and most well-connected government contracting firms in the country, with 45,000 employees worldwide. It's incompetence in handling the CityTime contract, with hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, appears to be part of a pattern -- with other clients, like the FBI, reporting similar experiences.
But now comes evidence of something darker. According to a files unearthed by New York City Controller John Liu, SAIC tried to exert improper influence over the top city official monitoring its work. Juan Gonzalez, the New York Daily News reporter who has been on top of this story all along describes the new revelations about SAIC:
On Jan. 28, 2002, Richard Valcich, then the director of the Office of Payroll Administration, wrote a one-page note to William Russell, a senior vice president for Virginia-based Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC).
"I appreciated meeting with you to discuss SAIC issues that are pending with the Office of Payroll Administration," Valcich wrote. He then apologized to Russell "if I seemed rude and abruptly shortened your discussion on a future post city-employment position with SAIC."
"[I]t is inappropriate to discuss any post employment with a company that I do business," Valcich warned him.
Valcich went on to say that he was "flattered you would consider me for such a position with SAIC but there are restrictions due to the city's conflicts of interest rules."
Such restrictions include a lifetime ban against working on the same "matter" that a city employee handled while in government.
Wow. Of course, those familiar with how big contractors and lobbyists corrupt government officials will not find any of this surprising. There is a long history of companies using offers of lucrative jobs to exert improper influence. These deals are simple and often hard to scrutinize: Do our bidding now, companies say, and we'll give you a job paying a million dollars a year (or whatever) down the road. A big focus of ethics reform in recent decades has been to crack down on "revolving door" enticements.
SAIC's tactic in this episode raises questions about its corrupt dealing around other contracts. Stay tuned for more on that topic.
Gonzalez's latest article on the subject of SAIC includes a kicker near the end:
Amazingly, despite years of red flags on the CityTime project, the Bloomberg administration confirmed yesterday it recently awarded a new $40 million contract to SAIC.
So what is it about Michael Bloomberg and SAIC? Why is a mayor so famously focused on efficiency so forgiving to a contractor that is so ineffective? That is a question that deserves closer attention.
Washington's $8 Billion Shadow
Mega-contractors such as Halliburton and Bechtel supply the government with brawn. But the biggest, most powerful of the "body shops"—SAIC, which employs 44,000 people and took in $8 billion last year—sells brainpower, including a lot of the "expertise" behind the Iraq war.by
- Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele Vanity Fair
The McLean, Virginia, offices of Science Applications International Corporation, a "stealth company" with 9,000 government contracts, many of which involve secret intelligence work. Photograph by Coral von Zumwalt.
One of the great staples of the modern Washington movie is the dark and ruthless corporation whose power extends into every cranny around the globe, whose technological expertise is without peer, whose secrets are unfathomable, whose riches defy calculation, and whose network of allies, in and out of government, is held together by webs of money, ambition, and fear. You've seen this movie a dozen times. Men in black coats step from limousines on wintry days and refer guardedly to unspeakable things. Surveillance cameras and eavesdropping devices are everywhere. Data scrolls across the movie screen in digital fonts. Computer keyboards clack softly. Seemingly honorable people at the summit of power—Cabinet secretaries, war heroes, presidents—turn out to be pathetic pawns of forces greater than anyone can imagine. And at the pinnacle of this dark and ruthless corporation is a relentless and well-tailored titan—omniscient, ironic, merciless—played by someone like Christopher Walken or Jon Voight.
To be sure, there isn't really such a corporation: the Omnivore Group, as it might be called. But if there were such a company—and, mind you, there isn't—it might look a lot like the largest government contractor you've never heard of: a company known simply by the nondescript initials SAIC (for Science Applications International Corporation), initials that are always spoken letter by letter rather than formed into a pronounceable acronym. SAIC maintains its headquarters in San Diego, but its center of gravity is in Washington, D.C. With a workforce of 44,000, it is the size of a full-fledged government agency—in fact, it is larger than the departments of Labor, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development combined. Its anonymous glass-and-steel Washington office—a gleaming corporate box like any other—lies in northern Virginia, not far from the headquarters of the C.I.A., whose byways it knows quite well. (More than half of SAIC's employees have security clearances.) SAIC has been awarded more individual government contracts than any other private company in America. The contracts number not in the dozens or scores or hundreds but in the thousands: SAIC currently holds some 9,000 active federal contracts in all. More than a hundred of them are worth upwards of $10 million apiece. Two of them are worth more than $1 billion. The company's annual revenues, almost all of which come from the federal government, approached $8 billion in the 2006 fiscal year, and they are continuing to climb. SAIC's goal is to reach as much as $12 billion in revenues by 2008. As for the financial yardstick that really gets Wall Street's attention—profitability—SAIC beats the S&P 500 average. Last year ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company, posted a return on revenue of 11 percent. For SAIC the figure was 11.9 percent. If "contract backlog" is any measure—that is, contracts negotiated and pending—the future seems assured. The backlog stands at $13.6 billion. That's one and a half times more than the backlog at KBR Inc., a subsidiary of the far better known government contractor once run by Vice President Dick Cheney, the Halliburton Company.