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Trueheart released in the wee hours

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Activist Kim Trueheart speaking in April at the annual Taxpayers’ Night public meeting about the Baltimore city budget.

Photo by: Fern Shen

Kim Trueheart, the Baltimore activist and mayoral critic arrested yesterday at City Hall, said she was released from Central Booking at 3:45 a.m. today.

Her email was short, but upbeat. “I’m doing great,” she wrote, noting also that “Mike McGuire was there to bring me home!!!”

McGuire is the local activist who happened to be walking into City Hall yesterday for the same Board of Estimates meeting Trueheart was there to attend when she was arrested at the building’s front lobby.

City Hall security officers stopped her at the City Hall entrance and when she refused to leave, called for Baltimore City Police back-up. Trueheart was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. Last week, before her arrest, she told The Brew she had been informed by city police she was banned from City Hall for a month.

City officials from the police and from the Mayor’s office have not yet responded to inquiries from The Brew as to the reason behind and legal basis for the ban.

(Asked via email last night, the Mayor’s communications chief Ryan O’Doherty said that city police will be handling all inquiries regarding Trueheart’s arrest: “Police comment on police matters,” O’Doherty wrote.)

Trueheart said she has, at the request of the State’s Attorney’s Office, been scheduled to appear in Early Resolution Court on Wednesday  January 30 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 7, at 1400 E. North Ave.

In addition to the disorderly conduct charge, she said, reading from the charging document, she is charged with “trespassing in a public agency during working hours” and “failure to obey.”

A “BOLO” for Trueheart?

While the matter of City Hall bans remains murky, McGuire said the officers detaining and arresting Trueheart did say there was a “BOLO” for her. (This appears to be law enforcement slang for “be on the lookout for.)

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said yesterday that this is generally a reference to a bulletin, possibly including a photo, that front desk security at city buildings might have to stop certain people. He said he did not know specifically if there was a BOLO in Trueheart’s case and would check but offered that “the last time we had one was Tom Kiefaber,” the former Senator Theatre owner.

Kiefaber has said via email he would not characterize the city’s stance toward him, following the June 2011 incident in which he stormed the dais during a City Council meeting, as “a ban.”

But he did offer that he had been, at a subsequent Board of Estimates meeting where he sat in the audience not speaking, “singled out over the public address system by [City Solicitor] George Nilson as a ‘problem’ in the audience, to be ‘removed’ and was then escorted calmly by the cops from the room and the building, and ejected in clear violation of my citizen rights.”

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  • claudlaw

    This story gets more appalling by the second.  BOLO: “Be on the lookout” for anyone who regularly attends public hearings and has the fortitude to inform and educate herself on issues concerning the process and budget appropriations that impact the children and families in her community.  

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