Baltimore is considering booting its top prosecutor

The Baltimore County Council is considering a resolution that the county’s state’s attorney, Scott Shellenberger, be fired as the result of what the Baltimore Sun calls a “steady spate of deadly police shootings in…

Baltimore is considering booting its top prosecutor

The Baltimore County Council is considering a resolution that the county’s state’s attorney, Scott Shellenberger, be fired as the result of what the Baltimore Sun calls a “steady spate of deadly police shootings in the county,” including last month’s fatal shooting of a Baltimore man by police as he ran from police after a drug raid. (According to the Sun, two of the other deaths in the last three years resulted from police shootings.)

State’s Attorney Shellenberger has the support of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.

“We believe it is time to put the best prosecutor in the county’s office in charge of this office,” said Wendy Redden, a political scientist at Stevenson University.

But councilman Todd Huff, who is sponsoring the resolution, cites a recent report that Shellenberger waited over a year to recommend the replacement of two police officers involved in a shooting in 2015 that left a teenager dead. Huff also makes the case that Shellenberger’s decision to reclassify drug cases from the most serious to the most minor — classifying them as “decentralized” rather than “low priority” — have contributed to the escalating violence in Baltimore County.

See more at The New York Times, Baltimore Sun, and klog.com.

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