Ex-Philly officer pleads guilty to corruption in Baltimore
Gov. Hogan says Durkin firing not the end of story
— Though DJ Durkin has been fired as Maryland’s football coach, Gov. Larry Hogan says questions remain regarding the decision to reinstate him in the first place.
Hogan was among several state politicians who criticized the University System of Maryland board of regents for reinstating Durkin from administrative leave on Tuesday. Hogan approved the decision by University President Wallace Loh on Wednesday to dismiss Durkin, saying Thursday, “We’re in a better place.”
Hogan can’t understand how the board reached the decision to bring back Durkin, and plans to investigate after next week’s gubernatorial election.
“We’ve called for public hearings to get to the bottom of this and figure out if more needs to be done,” Hogan said. “We can ask for peoples’ resignations at some point if we feel that that’s the proper step, but the last thing we’re going to do is try to politicize the process four days before an election.
“We’re going to do a thorough review. We’re going to find out what happened and get to the bottom of it.”
Other accusations against the hospital remain under investigation.
Police: Just cleared Baltimore officer kicked hole in desk
— Less than three weeks after he was cleared of assault charges, a Baltimore police officer is accused of destroying police property worth $600.
Citing charging documents, news outlets report 33-yearold Kevin Battipaglia “mule kicked” a hole in a police station’s front desk and smashed a glass door Sunday, upon being told he had to work Halloween night.
Police say he tried to cover the desk’s hole with a poster, but was captured on surveillance video. Battipaglia didn’t respond to requests for comment through the department.
Battipaglia was acquitted of assault charges Oct. 11 in connection with the Dec. 24 arrest of a 21-year-old man. Prosecutors said he intentionally clubbed the fleeing man with his baton, fracturing his jaw and knocking him unconscious. Defense attorneys argued it was an accidental collision.
Trial winding down for man charged in police station attack
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— A trial is nearing an end for a man charged with murder for attacking a Maryland police station before an officer mistakenly shot and killed an undercover narcotics detective.
Jurors are expected to hear attorneys’ closing arguments on Thursday. Michael Ford is on trial in the March 2016 shooting death of Prince George’s County police detective Jacai Colson.
Ford testified Wednesday that he was trying to get himself killed when he opened fire on the station, and never mean to harm others. He fired up to 23 shots and didn’t hit anyone.
Authorities say Officer Taylor Krauss mistook his fellow officer for a threat and shot Colson once in the chest after the detective exchanged gunfire with Ford.
Ford is charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and other offenses.
— A fired Philadelphia police office pleaded guilty in Baltimore Thursday to being involved in what’s considered to be one of the worst U.S. police corruption scandals in recent memory.
The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that Eric Snell pleaded guilty three days into his trial on charges that he conspired to sell drugs with corrupt members of Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force.