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Report Slams Maryland for "Confused" Baltimore Riot Response

February 02, 2016  | 

Maryland's handling of the civil unrest in Baltimore last spring was hampered by the inexperience of some emergency management staff and resulted in slow payment to vendors and reliance on inaccurate information during the riots, according to a new state report.

In some instances, the confusion jeopardized relationships with vendors or left them waiting months for payment for services provided, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency report found. And at times during the unrest, officials helping to lead the state's response from inside the State Emergency Operations Center were receiving so little information from official channels that they were relying instead on misleading television coverage from national media that skewed the situation on the ground, the Baltimore Sun reports.


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Ofc. R. Reece (ret) @ 3/27/2016 2:27 PM

I have watched dozens of videos of riots over the last year and the most common thing that connects them all is the gross lack of proper training for police response. My son and I are trying to start a training business called RAZR2 Tactical. We come into a department with the sole purpose of supporting and training officers on how to more effectively and safely deal with not only everyday situations but also very high risk situations such as riots, hostage negotiations, very high risk vehicle stops etc. No call for service is routine and should never be regarded as routine. Having been a patrol officer and nearly killed during a domestic violence call, I know this fact all to well. Our goal is to help save Police Officers lives and to help them become more effective on and off the job. Too many Officers have already died this year!

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