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Md. Official Defends Suggestion to Cite Guns in 911 Calls

BALTIMORE --

A city councilman is defending his advice to residents at a recent community meeting.

Councilman Robert Curran told them that you get a faster police response to 911 calls if you tell the operator that a gun is involved.

On Thursday, Curran told WBAL 1090 AM's Clarence Mitchell that he hopes his comments draw attention to the lack of police protection in his northeast Baltimore district.

Curran had made the suggestion during a meeting at Hamilton Hills. He was responding to complaints that police can be slow to answer calls.

He said his advice is based on what he heard from a former city police commissioner.

City police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, for the record, it's better to be truthful in reporting a problem.

Use the link above to listen to Curran's comments Thursday on WBAL-AM.

Story by Steve Fermier and Robert Lang, WBAL 1090 AM

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