Annapolis Officers Cleared In Dec. Brutality Complaint

February 14, 1991|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

Three Annapolis police officers have been cleared of charges they used excessive force while arresting a Severna Park man last November.

Police spokesman Officer Dermott Hickey said the ruling came Tuesday from the department's Internal Affairs Division.

David Nealy, 30, of Jennings Road, filed the complaint against Officers Stephen Church and Joseph E. McGeeney and Cpl. Harold Dalton Dec. 3 after Nealy was stopped by officers after a shooting on Clay Street Nov. 29.

Nealy said he was making a phone call outside a poolhall when shots were fired inside. Two men were wounded and two arrests have been made in the case.

Nealy said when he heard shots fired he ran to his car and left the area to avoid getting hit by stray bullets.

Considering Nealy a suspect, police stopped Nealy near West Street and Woodlawn Avenue. Nealy said officers told him to get onthe ground, then jumped on him and shoved him to the ground.

Nealy said one officer put his foot on his throat and told him he was "making too much noise and better shut up."

Nealy said the officers never read him his rights and kicked him and punched him when they gotto the station. He was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery.

Police reports described Nealy as uncooperative and using abusive language. Hickey said Nealy's size, 6-feet, 1-inch tall and 330 pounds, made him difficult to subdue.

He was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Tests showed he had not used drugs or alcohol.

Church was named in a similarcomplaint at the Cook-Pinkney American Legion Post last summer but was also cleared of those charges.

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