Top Cop and Mayor: A Falling-Out in Maryland?

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“They hit town like a pair of action-movie heroes, the mayor in the black sleeveless muscle shirt and the barrel-chested New York cop,” the Baltimore Sun reports. “They put the hurt on the bad guys together and helped each other gain fame by knocking down Baltimore’s crime rate.” Now, however, former drinking companions Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley and his ex-police commissioner, Edward T. Norris, aren’t even speaking.

The Sun says they haven’t said a word to each other in four months, when Norris abruptly left after a financial scandal to join O’Malley’s political nemesis, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., as state police superintendent.

Norris said complaints that he hasn’t kept a promise he made in December to increase state police assistance in the city are premature.

The state won’t be able to meet the city’s request for 34 troopers, Norris said. But the state probably will assign a few troopers to the city’s fugitive task force and perhaps its drug task force, he said.


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