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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Photo: Illustrations by Alex Fine, License: N/A

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 Martin O’Malley

In terms of strategy for a widely anticipated presidential run, it seems the governor is looking to secure his standing with the Democratic base for a primary run rather than burnish any bona fides as a moderate in a potential GOP face-off—and we like it. His recent push to increase Maryland’s minimum wage, for example, may not help him in Iowa, but it’ll sure help workers in Baltimore.

2 Black Guerrilla Family

Baltimore police and federal agents swarmed the streets of Greenmount West, targeting 48 members of the notorious gang, known to be a force both in the local drug trade and Maryland prisons. BCPR would like to think the arrests, coupled with those of BGF members and corrupt correctional officers earlier this year, would make a dent in the violence plaguing Baltimore, but history tells us otherwise.

3 Baltimore Police

Even as BPD cracked down on BGF, there was farce as one arrestee—in handcuffs—managed to escape while being corralled. It’s hard not to see the giant show of force as a public relations move, at least in part, especially as it came on the very same day that Baltimore hit the 200-homicides mark, putting the city on a pace to pass last year’s grim toll of 217 murders. Maybe BPD should spend less time busting DIY parties and more time patrolling troubled areas.

4 Sen. Joan Carter Conway

When you make Tom Kiefaber, recipient of CP’s “Best Restraining Order” nod in 2012, look like the orderly and sane party in a dispute, you’ve hit a new low. That’s what Conway did in a video made by Kiefaber at the auction of his former home. It depicts the state senator apparently knocking Kiefaber’s camera from his hand in what the former theater owner alleges is second-degree assault. Later in the tape, Kiefaber is handcuffed by an officer for refusing to quit taping and held until the auction is over. At least now maybe the ’Fab will have another senator to obsess over.

5 Speed Cameras

The Sun’s Scott Calvert, whose reporting on the discrepancies and inaccuracies of the city’s speed cameras led to a suspension of the program, has now shown that the cameras were also ineffective. During the period in which the cameras were in operation—from 2009 through 2012—the accident rate rose nearly 5 percent. Maybe it’s better for drivers to watch the road than to watch the cameras watching them watch the cameras.

 

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