Saturday, March 22, 2008

Why Kevin Clark was Fired

Attorney's for fired Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Clark say that the real reason O'Malley fired him was not because of the distraction of phantom abuse allegations, rather it was Clark's criminal investigation into then Mayor O'Malley's administration.

“[Clark] was in the middle of conducting criminal investigations that could have some impact on the administration,” Janey said. “It’s against public policy for a mayor to terminate the police commissioner while he’s conducting investigations that could affect the mayor’s administration.” Clark would not say specifically what he was investigating at City Hall when O’Malley removed him from office using a SWAT team in 2004. But Janey said one of the items was information on Malone’s computer.

“One of the matters was Sean Malone’s computer,” Janey said. “We intend to depose any and all current or former officials. Yes, Mr. Malone will be deposed. And we’re issuing a subpoena for the hard drives from the computer. There are five hard drives for that computer. There’s no question the city has them. [Former Police Commissioner Leonard] Hamm took them and turned them over to the city solicitor, who indicated he reviewed the material. It would be awfully surprising if, for some reason, they’re missing.”

In an interview after a Friday morning news conference, Clark said all of his staff’s internal investigations were shut down when he was fired — and his internal affairs chief’s office was raided. An inexperienced Marcus Brown, now the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Chief, was “suddenly elevated” to the chief of internal affairs, though “he had no understanding” of the unit, Clark said.

“Every case was closed out,” Clark said. “Every case I was looking at was done. There were some pretty serious cases.”


Oh yeah Clark won his lawsuit because O'Malley--boy this is getting old--violated state law.

1 comment:

Daniel said...

Good Lord.

This has all the makings of a John Grisham novel.

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