Baltimore’s troubled police force gets new acting leader

BALTIMORE (AP) — The veteran police leader from New Orleans chosen to reform Baltimore’s troubled force while reducing one of the country’s highest violent crime rates was on the job Monday in what could be the toughest job in American policing.

Baltimore’s City Council will officially decide on Michael Harrison’s nomination next month. But he took the reins Monday as acting commissioner, saying he’s relocated to Maryland’s biggest city and is eager to help transform a demoralized department distrusted by many of the people it is tasked with protecting.

The 49-year-old has spent his entire 28-year law enforcement career with the New Orleans Police Department. He now faces a formidable to-do list in Baltimore, which led all big U.S. cities in violent crime statistics in 2017 and has been mired in scandal, plagued by mismanagement, and recurrently paralyzed by leadership…

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