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Background Interviews on Dr. Joel Fitzgerald

BALTIMORE, MD - Beginning on December 9, 2018, and over the course of two days, a four-person delegation of members of the Baltimore City Council spent nearly 15 complete hours conducting background interviews with roughly 35 individuals in Fort Worth, Texas.


The purpose of the delegation’s trip to Fort Worth and subsequent interviews was to inform the Baltimore City Council as it prepared to conduct confirmation hearings for Dr. Joel Fitzgerald, Mayor Catherine Pugh's nominee to lead the Baltimore City Police Department.


What follows are firsthand accounts gathered from subjects who’ve encountered Dr. Fitzgerald during his time as Chief of Police in Fort Worth.


A licensed court reporter was used to create transcripts of two separate meetings of community members that were held at local churches in Fort Worth. The portions of the report that were captured by the licensed court reporter appear in their original format and provide an unedited transcript of dialogue during more than four hours of interviews. In order to preserve the authenticity of the transcripts produced by the court reporter, we have refrained from editing those sections.


The interviews featuring Fort Worth elected, government, and business officials were captured by staff to the Baltimore City Council and appear with limited editing.


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