Police Used Brutality,man Alleges

Bungled Raid In Odenton Sought Manalready In Jail

March 20, 1991|By Robert Lee | Robert Lee,Staff writer

An Odenton man has filed a brutality complaint against county police, charging that officers bullied and degraded his family during a bungled late-night raid that left him with a dislocated shoulder.

Police said they raided the home of Shirley and Tony Lorick on March 14 at 2:15 a.m. to search for evidence that would link Mrs. Lorick's son-- Kelvin Jones -- to a Feb. 19 robbery.

They came up empty-handed, and Jones has since been cleared because court records showed that on the night of the robbery he was in the Howard County Detention Center.

Mr. Lorick -- a prison guard supervisor at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup -- lambasted the police for what he called their "unprofessional" handling of the case.

He said he believed the only explanation for the treatment he received from the "15 to 20" white police officers that raided his home for 1 1/2 hours was racism.

"I treat convicted felons better than they treated me and my wife," Mr. Lorick said.

Officer V. Richard Molloy, county police spokesman, said the department has received the complaint and that it will be investigated.

Mr. Lorick, 32, said he was sound asleep in his bedroom when he was awakened by a flashlight beam in his face and a man "barking orders," telling him to leave his bedroom.

The police, who had a warrant to search for evidence, had been let into the house just moments before by one of Mr. Lorick's stepsons, who said about three or four officers made a bee-linefor the bedroom.

"I'm a deep sleeper, and I didn't know what was going on, whether someone had broken in our house or why these peoplewere telling me to leave the room. Then I heard some guy say, 'Get him out of there.' Next thing I know they're grabbing me, shoving me against the closet door," he said.

Mr. Lorick keeps a handgun on his night stand because he has received threats on his life from inmates at Jessup. He said the only reason he didn't grab the gun and pointit at the intruders was that he thought it would "lead to more trouble."

Mrs. Lorick, who was awake by this time, said three officers in navy blue jumpsuits, flak vests and boots yanked her husband out of bed, twisted his arm behind his back and smashed him into the wall,splitting a sliding closet door.

Mr. Lorick said he yelled, "You don't have to pull my arm like that," then heard his shoulder "pop loudly and painfully."

He said the police next "slammed" hand-cuffs on his wrists and marched him and his wife -- in their sleepwear -- out to the living room.

For the next 90 minutes, with the front door swinging open into the cold night, the Loricks say police refused repeated requests that Mr. Lorick's handcuffs be removed and they be allowed to put on some clothes while "about 20 white male officers" searched their home and interrogated them.

"It was degrading. There's Tony in his BVDs and me in my nightgown, freezing cold," Mrs. Lorick said. "My husband was in a lot of pain, and he kept asking could they to take off the handcuffs and could he please put on a robe. But they ignored him and told him he couldn't move."

She said her husband repeatedly told officers he was a prison guard and that they knew he was not a suspect in the case.

"They said they had to restrain him anyway, because he was violent," she said.

Mr. Lorick's doctortreated him for the dislocated shoulder the next day, prescribed pain relievers and advised him not to use the shoulder. He has taken temporary leave of his prison guard duties.

"They knew I was a correctional officer, but they showed no professional courtesy to me whatsoever. It seems like blacks are automatically treated like second-class citizens and criminals, never mind that you're a professional" saidMr. Lorick, who served eight years as a military policeman.

Jones, Mrs. Lorick's 18-year-old son by a previous marriage, has a police record of arrests and convictions for battery, destruction of property and distributing cocaine. He is awaiting sentencing in Anne ArundelDistrict Court after entering a guilty plea on a cocaine charge lastNovember.

He and his brother, Everett, were listed by police as suspects in connection with the Feb. 19 robbery of a Domino's pizza delivery man in Pioneer City.

On March 4, the delivery man "positively identified" Kelvin Jones as the man who robbed him at knifepoint from a photo line-up of "six other similar-looking black males," a search warrant application states.

However, the deliveryman's original description of the two suspects given to police on the night of therobbery described two black men approximately 6 feet tall and weighing between 190 and 200 pounds. Kelvin Jones is 5-foot-7, 205 pounds. Everett is 6 feet tall and weighs 155 pounds.

"Once they had Kelly(Kelvin) as a suspect, they didn't bother looking any further. Nevermind he was in jail when the robbery took place, and never mind he's5-foot-7 and they're looking for a man 6 feet tall. That's a gross oversight," Mr. Lorick said.

Staff writer Kris Antonelli contributed to this story.

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