Bal­ti­more po­lice can’t even han­dle a mi­nor is­sue

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE -

My 2002 Subaru Out­back was the vic­tim of a hit and run at the in­ter­sec­tion of North Lib­erty and East Fayette streets on July 29.

There were mul­ti­ple wit­nesses who kindly stopped to make sure my dog and I were okay. The rear panel of the driver’s side had been badly dam­aged — to­taled, re­ally — but my car was still drive­able. The po­lice came, took a re­port, wit­ness names and num­bers, and we all went on with our days. One mirac­u­lous thing also hap­pened. The of­fend­ing driver’s li­cense plate had fallen off in the mid­dle of the in­ter­sec­tion. The po­lice of­fi­cer who took my state­ment took it with him as ev­i­dence.

I felt con­fi­dent that they would track down the driver and I’d get a phone call at some point. I didn’t. I kept check­ing for the po­lice re­port on­line. I was told it could take up to a cou­ple of weeks. A cou­ple of months after the in­ci­dent, I called again and found out that it had never been ap­proved by a su­per­vis­ing of­fi­cer and sub­se­quently filed. That has since been rec­ti­fied, but it’s Jan­uary, and six months have gone by with­out any kind of fol­low-up. There’s still a huge dent in my car be­cause it would cost nearly $4,000 to re­pair.

Yes, there are much big­ger fish to fry in a city with one of the high­est mur­der rates in the coun­try, but even in­ac­tion on mi­nor cases such as this one are in­dica­tive of poor polic­ing. The Bal­ti­more Po­lice Depart­ment must do bet­ter.

Lee Thomp­son, Bel­mont, N.C.

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