Crime

Black Residents Say White Private Security Guards Masquerading as Baltimore Cops

Allegations of "special police officer" status from the police commissioner against two security guards hired by the local apartment complexes

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Two white security guards are masquerading as police officers in a predominantly black Maryland neighborhood, residents say in court.

According to the complaint, the Cherry Hill community of Baltimore was originally developed as planned community for black veterans returning from World War II. Today, the neighborhood's predominantly black population is 7,600 and the median annual income for homeowners is $17,464. The neighborhood also holds the highest concentration of public housing in Baltimore.