David A. Plymyer: Police cameras are a tool, not a weapon

As The Sun’s Alison Knezevich reported, a coalition of civil rights groups is raising concerns about police departments — including Baltimore city’s and county’s — that allow officers to review recordings from body-worn cameras prior to writing incident reports, pointing to studies that claim “watching video replays can easily change people’s memories, often subconsciously.” I have no problem with the science cited by the coalition. I do have a problem, however, with the message the group is sending, which is that officers cannot be trusted to use body cameras in a constructive and truth-seeking manner. (Balt. Sun)

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Community needs to come to grips with homicide problem

Like Annapolis Police Chief Scott Baker, we’re hoping for a big turnout for Wednesday’s community meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Rosalie Mitchell Community Center at 1014 President St. There’s much to talk about, starting with the shooting death of 17-year-old Terry Bosley at President Street on Nov. 18, and moving on to more general questions about what the police and the community can do together about an upswing in lethal violence that has brought seven homicides to the city this year and at least eight shooting incidents to President Street alone in the past three years. (Capital)

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November 28 // Laslo Body: Happy Holidays to Trump voters everywhere

Donald Trump has been president for almost one full year.  To those who voted for him: You must have a lot to be thankful for. Those of us who supported the candidate who lost in the Electoral College have been admonished frequently since then to try to understand your point of view and your grievances. We are told that if only Hillary Clinton had paid more attention to you and your concerns, the election outcome might have been different. (From a Certain Point of View)

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Why does Maryland try so many juvenile offenders as adults?

Despite Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis’ recent complaint that 90 percent of minors accused of serious crimes see their cases moved from adult court to the juvenile system, the truth is that Maryland juveniles charged with serious crimes are actually far more likely to be tried and sentenced in adult courts than in other states. That’s because in most states only a handful of egregious offenses — murder, rape, aggravated assault, etc. — are deemed serious enough to warrant starting a case against a juvenile in adult court. (Balt. Sun)

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What justice for Freddie Gray would look like now

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis’ decision to bow to the inevitable and dismiss charges against the last police officer who faced possible discipline as a result of Freddie Gray’s death means that justice, as many people in this city see it, will never be done. Gray was perfectly healthy the morning he was chased by officers and arrested for no particularly good reason, and an hour later, he was lying in the back of a police van with catastrophic injuries to his neck. (Balt. Sun)

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Philip Wegmann: Liberty University should uninvite Ray Rice and Tomi Lahren

While Jesus Christ hung out with tax collectors, prostitutes, and sinners of all stripes, the son of God never invited the unrepentant to minister to the impressionable. The clergy at the helm of Liberty University are not so cautious. The evangelical college aims at educating new Christian disciples. Apparently, that task requires bringing a wife beater and a pro-abortion narcissist on campus. The Liberty Office of Spiritual Development announced Monday that former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and current firebrand Tomi Lahren will speak at convocation. (Examiner)

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November 27 // State needs a balanced approach to beer law reform

When Dec. 5 rolls around, take a moment and have a celebratory drink — maybe a nice Maryland-made beer. That will be the day America marks the real end of the worst social engineering experiment in modern history, Prohibition. You might take it a step further and look for a spot on Ritchie Highway to have a snort in honor of Gov. Albert Ritchie, a leader of the “wets” who eventually ended this historic mistake. This is relevant now because Comptroller Peter Franchot is pushing his 12-point “Reform on Tap Act of 2018” to fix what he calls antiquated laws stifling the growth of microbreweries in Maryland. (Capital)

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John Mathwin: Discarded in the Potomac: Bottles and cans, golf balls and boats

The Potomac River islands downstream of President Trump’s golf course (on the Virginia side) and Seneca Creek (on the Maryland side) are home to a wonderful variety of wildlife. Beavers, muskrats, raccoons, foxes and deer are regulars. My grandson once saw an otter here. There are more types of birds than I can list, but they include eagles, ospreys, several types of herons, egrets, mergansers, cormorants, hawks and owls, including screech owls. Sometimes wild turkeys visit. A couple of years ago, an enormous flock of snow geese rested here for a couple of hours before pushing south. The river holds carp, smallmouth bass, bluegills, suckers and channel catfish. There also is an astounding amount and variety of trash. (Wash. Post)

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