Baltimore City’s Towing Scandal Continues

BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — The towing scandal involving Baltimore City police officers continues to spread.

According to WJZ’s media partner The Baltimore Sun, a former officer with a state law enforcement agency is also under investigation.

The officers are accused of taking kickbacks from Majestic Body Shop for steering drivers to that company.

If police outside the city were involved, that could indicate a wider problem than originally thought.

Baltimore’s mayor and police chief say they want to review the no-bid contracts given to towing companies in the city.

Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III refused last week to sign a contract renewing the agreement by the 10 companies with the city for another two years. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the commissioner wants to review the process first.

A spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the mayor wants a comprehensive review of the system administered by the Department of Transportation and the police department.

Councilman James B. Kraft, meanwhile, says he plans to hold a hearing on the issue.


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