The residents of Baltimore have waited 163 years to take back control of their city police department. Now, they may wait at least one more. The city’s Local Control Advisory Board, the group Mayor Brandon Scott charged with implementing local control, recently announced plans for a lengthened timeline to make city authority over the Baltimore Police a reality. That plan, discussed last week, now stretches into 2024 despite the passage of an enabling charter amendment in November.
Baltimore voters overwhelmingly approved local control of the city’s police department. So why might it get delayed to 2024?
February 10, 2023