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Baltimore police officer fired for helping man targeted by feds

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer has been fired after the department found out he looked up information in police databases on behalf of a suspected drug dealer who’s under investigation by federal agents.

Keith Nowlin was taken into custody last week and released without charges being filed. But police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (guh-lee-EHL’-mee) says because Nowlin was hired a year ago and was still in his probationary period, Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld decided to fire him without a hearing.

Nowlin’s attorney, Warren Brown, did not dispute that his client used a police database to run a license plate number for a friend. The tag number turned out to belong to an undercover police officer. Brown says that if police believed Nowlin had done anything seriously wrong, they would have charged him.