March 22, 2007

Regarding the Arrest of a 7 Year Old: A Response from Mayor Sheila Dixon

Dear Lynn,

Thank you for contacting me; I certainly appreciate your feedback and suggestions. I, along with Commissioner Hamm and other senior police department officials, have reviewed the incident that led to this arrest. It is clear to me that the arrest was wrong, that the officers on the scene should not have arrested the child, and on behalf of the City of Baltimore I have publicly apologized to the boy and his parents.

This is not inline with what I believe is the most effective policing strategy. I am counting on Commissioner Hamm and the Department to better instruct officers on the appropriate use of arrest powers and to take corrective action if needed.

I do not want this incident to overshadow the heroic work our police officers do every day. Safe streets are the key to a healthy, vibrant city. We owe Baltimore City Police Officers our sincere thanks. It is my hope that by increasing cooperation between the police and our citizens we can prevent incidents like the one Wednesday and make Baltimore a safer, stronger place to raise a family.


Sheila Dixon
City of Baltimore

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