Welcome to Baltimore, Deputy Commissioner Danny Murphy.

Police say new new kid on the block and his wife were robbed at gunpoint Friday night around 9 p.m. near Patterson Park. That’s in the city’s southeast area.

Murphy told police that a white SUV with four people rolled up to them as they were walking.  He said two black males, believed to be 18, got out of the SUV, showed a handgun and demanded the victims hand over their property. 

They took off with a purse, wallet, and their cellphones.

The suspects took off on Patterson Park Avenue.  Neither Murphy nor his wife were injured.

Multiple sources tell Law Enforcement Today that Murphy was not carrying a weapon.  Baltimore Police Department policy which requires officers to be armed at all times in the city.  Turns out Murphy isn’t a cop – he’s a civilian employee.  

Even most civilians know not to go to certain parts of Baltimore unarmed…

Ironically, he was hired in March to implement and oversee the federal consent decree, which is supposed to solve police and community relations.

Back in March, the head of the Baltimore Police department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which oversees internal affairs, left the department.

That was David Cali, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who had been brought to the city department in May under then-Commissioner Daryl De Sousa.

It came around the same time that Commissioner Michael Harrison announced that Deputy Commissioner Andre Bonaparte was leaving the Baltimore Police Department as part of a “restructuring”.

Bonaparte had also been brought into the department under De Sousa.

 

Sousa resigned after being charged federally with failing to file tax returns – he pleaded guilty in December.

As part of that “restructuring”, Harrison brought up Murphy from New Orleans.

Murphy led the New Orleans department’s deputy superintendent of compliance for its consent decree, and he was then hired to oversee the Baltimore Police Department’s compliance with its own, similar federal consent decree, Harrison has said.

Eric Melancon, the deputy chief of staff in the New Orleans department, was also hired in Baltimore to serve as Harrison’s chief of staff.

Harrison’s contract gave him authority to create his own executive team and name as many as eight other senior commanders.

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“Nothing that is happening around me is affecting the decisions I make. I am here to reform this department. I am here for the long haul, to bring down violent crime and make Baltimore the safe city it was always supposed to be,” Harrison said.

Daniel Murphy was with Harrison at a hearing in April and said he’s undeterred by the political chaos in City Hall, comparing it to New Orleans.

“I think the challenges are very similar. Obviously every community, every police department is unique, but the success we had in New Orleans is directly transferable to here,” Murphy said.

This is the third year that Baltimore is under the consent decree.  It’s been slow moving, having taken 15 months to get a police commissioner and then dealing with a mayor on leave.

 

But according to Ray Kelly, the community liaison to the consent decree in April, progress in reform is being made.

“(It’s going) according to the plan and the timeline that is etched out, we are moving forward. We just have to focus on the reform and not all the other chaos happening around the city,” Kelly said.