Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose district includes most of Baltimore, said that the secrecy of the surveillance flights commissioned by Baltimore police since January wasn't just troubling, but potentially counter-productive.
"If the police department is claiming--and they may be right--that this would prevent crime and help to solve crime, why did it have to be a secret?" Cummings said. "As a matter of fact, it would probably be better if they were to have a program that people know that they are being viewed."
He said he needed to study the issue more, and has requested a briefing from police Commissioner Kevin Davis. He suggested the legal issues surrounding the flights may one day end up on Capitol Hill in front of the House Committee on Government Reform, on which he is the top Democrat. He said the revelations were particularly troubling just weeks after the release of the U.S. Department of Justice report on Baltimore policing. The report accused officers of systemic constitutional violations.