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After Cop Shooting, Panel Calls For Improvements In Baltimore PD

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Baltimore Officer William Torbit was accidentally shot and killed in January by uniformed police officers after responding to a fight at a nightclub, and now, a board reviewing his death has found that a lack of supervision and a disorganized response contributed to the chaotic situation, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Among 33 recommendations in a 169-page report, the board suggests that the department develop a plan for responding to such situations and enforce the dispatch system to track where officers are. The board is an independent panel appointed by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Officer William Torbit Jr. was on duty in street clothes when he responded to a report of trouble at the Select Lounge Jan. 9. Investigators say Torbit likely fired the bullet that killed Sean Gamble as they struggled on the ground. Uniformed officers then fired on Torbit, not knowing that he was an officer.

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