The department initially stated that it would no longer transmit information on all shooting incidents. On Monday, Jack Papp, chief spokesman of the department, initially told The Baltimore Sun that the department considered making the change in order to prevent spreading misinformation.
"The department is not going to tweet out every time a drug dealer shoots another criminal in the leg for nonpayment, i.e. criminal-on-criminal crime that we know," Papp told the paper. "We will still tweet out instances where nonfatal shootings involve citizens, public safety issues, etc. in real time, as well as homicides."
The move sparked criticism from some in Baltimore.
"From crime trends to the burglaries, it's who we're looking for, what we're looking for, when we're looking for them, and what to look out for in your neighborhood. If the citizens are more informed, they're safer," Scott told the station.
Papp later told the Baltimore Sun late Monday that the department heard the public criticisms and is not going to implement the revised policy.