» Police chief Bealefeld pushed for details on misconduct settlements

Posted: December 31, 2010 by scaryhouse in Uncategorized

POSTED: 5:56 PM THU, DECEMBER 30, 2010

BY BRENDAN KEARNEY

DAILY RECORD LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER

Baltimore City Councilman James B. Kraft has asked Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III for a response to a series of recent articles in The Daily Record about the cost of settling lawsuits alleging police misconduct.

The Southeast Baltimore Democrat’s request of Bealefeld came in an e-mail Thursday morning that also included the text of e-mails from The Daily Record to members of the council about the newspaper’s stories over the past two weeks.

Kraft is chairman of the council’s Judiciary and Legislative Investigations and Public Safety and Health committees.

The first articles, published on Dec. 22, reported details of the mistaken arrest of a prominent Soviet-born violinist and the disputed origin of the confidentiality provision in the man’s $200,000 legal settlement with the city. Also on Dec. 22, the Baltimore Board of Estimates, which approved the payout to the then-anonymous Yakov Shapiro in March, agreed to pay out another $195,000 to resolve three other police misconduct suits.

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