BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland delegate has submitted legislation that would turn over full control of the Baltimore Police Department to its home city.
The Baltimore Police Department was established in the 19th century as a state agency, and has remained so ever since, even as revenue from city taxpayers funds its budget. Del. Talmadge Branch tells The Baltimore Sun the law is antiquated.
The city council has encountered roadblocks when trying to change laws that govern police, including clashes with the mayor, who does have authority over police commissioner appointments.
Similar efforts have failed in the past, but the leadership of the city’s General Assembly delegation, the city council and Mayor Catherine Pugh have all signaled initial support.
House Minority Leader Nic Kipke says he doesn’t anticipate opposition from fellow Republicans.
Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com