From Gilmor Homes to Park Heights, Baltimore Tries to Heal the Pain of Crime and Corruption
NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING
DONATE TODAY


  January 8, 2016

From Gilmor Homes to Park Heights, Baltimore Tries to Heal the Pain of Crime and Corruption


A street named after a 2015 homicide victim and a landmark settlement over a sex for repairs scheme at a city housing project mark a deal of both communal healing and concern
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here
   


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter


The reason I continue to support TRNN is, not only is it real, it is also the most truthful. - Dick S
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


transcript

From Gilmor Homes to Park Heights, Baltimore Tries to Heal the Pain of 
Crime and CorruptionTAYA GRAHAM, TRNN: It was a solemn plea for peace. Another community in Baltimore under siege, and grieving in the wake of loss, in this case for a homicide victim, a man named Kendal Fenwick. The 24-year-old father of three lived in Park Heights. Last December, he built a fence to keep out drug dealers, and was shot dead in retaliation.

SHARON GREEN MIDDLETON: This moment is to recognize a young life that tragically left our community too soon.

GRAHAM: And so city leaders unveiled a street in his name, a gesture full of symbolism in an unusual recognition in a city where the body count continues to grow.

COMMISSIONER DAVIS: Kendal in life and in death will--is making the city better.

SPEAKER: Blood ties and bloodlines compare nothing to where love lies.

SPEAKER: Most of all, have us come together as a community.

GRAHAM: Just the night before, seven people were shot, and four killed. And yet later in the day, another example of the city's communal pain addressed by city officials, this time in the form of a settlement.

CARY HANSEL: In terms of what we've been able to accomplish working together for the victims of sexual harassment in public housing in Baltimore there is a class action resolution, which means that our clients who started the case as individuals consented to have the relief spread to everyone.

GRAHAM: A potential $7 million for at least 19 women who were asked to provide sex in exchange for repairs at the city's troubled Gilmor Homes housing project.

PAUL GRAZIANO: This goes way beyond the individual situations. It is systemic changes that will ensure that the, that every resident in public housing can live in peace and dignity, and not have to worry about, one, getting maintenance work done, and two, certainly not the atrocious behavior of a small group of people who inflicted indignities of indescribable nature on these women and others who have been represented.

GRAHAM: But even amid promises of reform, housing commissioner Paul Graziano admitted the department's much-maligned management had emerged unscathed. In fact, not a single employee outside those directly implicated in the scheme were punished.

STEPHEN JANIS, TRNN: What has been changed internally to ensure that people who bring complaints forward are actually seriously investigated? Because that was one of the big problems, it seems, with these particular incidents, is that women were ignored. And what have you made, any structural changes or any changes to your process for processing those kinds of--.

GRAZIANO: Well, one thing we've done is we've sent out letters to every single--we've sent out two letters to every single resident in the Housing Authority, and we have advised them of a hotline number that goes directly to our investigations unit and to general council's office.

JANIS: Were any people who ignored complaints or brushed them aside disciplined? Or similarly, to the people who were, you know, precipitating these problems, was anybody in that chain of command disciplined?

GRAZIANO: We're still looking at those situations. There was one person who had actually retired.

GRAHAM: It's a lack of accountability that makes some skeptical about a city and its leadership trying to heal wounds that still remain open.

PERRY HOPKINS: We need to start addressing the major priorities of, the needs of the community. A need is something that you can't live without. You can live with a broken doorknob, but you can't live in the winter with no heat.

GRAHAM: This is Taya Graham, Stephen Janis, and Megan Sherman reporting for the Real News Network in Baltimore City, Maryland.

End

DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.



Comments

Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

latest stories

Obama Vetoed 9/11 Bill to Preserve U.S. Impunity
Lawsuit Against the EPA Could Thwart U.S. Compliance with the Paris Agreement
How Wells Fargo Keeps Scamming Its Customers & Employees
Canada Approves Economically Inviable Pipeline Without Indigenous Consultation
More Tax Breaks for Developers? One Baltimore Community Says 'Not Without Us'
Shimon Peres: Champion of Power or Peace?
Chicago Teachers Union Set to Strike on Oct. 11th
The Empire Files: How Palestine Became Colonized
US and EU Sanctions Are Devastating Syrian Civilians
Police Kill Unarmed Mentally Ill Black Man As Report Finds Law Enforcement Shootings Reminiscent of Lynchings
'Managed Decline' of Fossil Fuel Projects Needed to Meet Goals of Paris Climate Agreement
'Patriotic Millionaires' Call for Higher Taxes and Wall St. Regulation
Trump and the Social Basis of Fascism
Danny Glover: Upcoming Haitian Election an Opportunity for Self-Determination
Intelligence Agencies Are Gathering Information Against You in Case of Your Dissent
Mexicans Protest on Second Anniversary of Disappearance of 43 Students
Baltimore City Council Candidate: Gentrification is Not A Development Plan
Balochistan: India Opening the Pandora's Box
Clinton vs. Trump Debate: Is One Section of the Oligarchy More Dangerous?
Did America Dodge a Bullet?
24 Arrested Outside Hofstra University While Demanding An Open Presidential Debate
Trump's Position on Jerusalem Puts Him on the Side of the Settler Movement
Comply or Die: What the Shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte Reveal About Policing in America
BDS Town Hall with the Former Green Party of Canada Justice Critic
Corbyn Wins Leadership, But Can He Unite the Labour Party?
Danny Glover on the Struggle for Democracy in Haiti
Should Third Parties Be Included in Televised Debates?
Anti-BDS Campaign Aims to Undermine Academic Freedom and Free Speech on Palestine
Ecuador Proposes Worldwide Elimination of Tax Havens
Did America Dodge a Bullet?

TheRealNewsNetwork.com, RealNewsNetwork.com, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting