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File #: 15-0225R    Version: 0 Name: Investigative Hearing - Police Wagon Safety
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 4/27/2015 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: Final action: 6/8/2015
Enactment #:
Title: Investigative Hearing - Police Wagon Safety FOR the purpose of calling on the Police Commissioner and representatives from the Baltimore City Police Department to appear before the City Council to discuss the current state of the Department's wagon fleet, what steps can be taken to improve the safety of individuals being transported in these wagons, and how the Department plans to address concerns about wagon safety in the immediate future.
Sponsors: Brandon M. Scott, President Young, Bill Henry, James B. Kraft, Robert Curran, Carl Stokes, Eric T. Costello, Nick Mosby, William "Pete" Welch, Rochelle Spector, Sharon Green Middleton, Helen L. Holton, Edward Reisinger, Mary Pat Clarke
Indexes: Investigative Hearing, Police, Safety, Wagon
Attachments: 1. 15-0225R~1st Reader, 2. Police 15-0225R, 3. 15-0225R~2nd Reader
* WARNING: THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL, INTRODUCTORY COPY OF THE BILL.
THE OFFICIAL COPY CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IS THE FIRST READER COPY.
INTRODUCTORY*

CITY OF BALTIMORE
COUNCIL BILL R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Scott



A RESOLUTION ENTITLED

A COUNCIL RESOLUTION concerning
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Investigative Hearing - Police Wagon Safety
FOR the purpose of calling on the Police Commissioner and representatives from the Baltimore City Police Department to appear before the City Council to discuss the current state of the Department's wagon fleet, what steps can be taken to improve the safety of individuals being transported in these wagons, and how the Department plans to address concerns about wagon safety in the immediate future.
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The death of Freddie Gray after a more than 30 minute confinement inside a police transportation van, or wagon, has raised many very troubling questions that have yet to answered. One area that stands out as a particular concern is the apparent dearth of information about what happened to Mr. Gray inside the wagon, and how that may have contributed to the injuries that subsequently led to his death.

These unanswered questions point to broader concerns about the Baltimore City Police Department?s wagon fleet. Individuals being transported in these wagons are in a particularly vulnerable position. They are typically handcuffed or otherwise restrained and unable to hold themselves up or react to normal traffic movements in the same way an unrestrained person would, greatly increasing the possibility of inadvertent injury. They also are out of public view, but not yet in the more clo...

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