Baltimore Chief Probed In Domestic Violence Case

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Clark will authorize an independent investigation into a domestic dispute he had with his fiancee, after which an officer reported hearing her say, “He assault me.” The Baltimore Sun reported that the president of the police union called for Clark to be suspended, but Clark said that he would not step aside and that he has “done nothing wrong.”

Clark said it is common for officers to remain on duty while being investigated. He said the alleged offense must be strong enough to support either a citation or an arrest for an officer to be suspended. Dan Fickus, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police, said police are often forced to turn in their badges and guns solely because of allegations. “Why is this man not suspended?” Fickus asked. “Why is he still running the Police Department? … If the allegations are true, he should step down and immediately resign.”

Clark, 47, released the report on the incident at a news conference last night, standing beside his fiancee, Blanca Gerena. The report says that the “domestic dispute” incident occurred at 3:52 a.m. Saturday. It does not identify Clark or his fiancee by name. The report said the woman asked to use an officer’s phone. The officers asked if she was “okay,” and she stated that she was the wife of Clark. The commissioner is referred to in the report as “a male known to officers and who will remain anonymous and known as ‘the male’ for the purpose of this report.”

Link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.clark18may18,0,5498111.story?coll=bal-home-headlines

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