Is it merely coincidence that police brutality complaints are on NTC the rise in some counties surrounding Baltimore and the District of Columbia at a time when the national spotlight is trained on police misdeeds in Los Angeles?
Allegations of excessive force against local departments are cropping up with troubling regularity. Just last week, an Odenton black man filed a brutality complaint against Anne Arundel County police, charging that a bungled late night raid staged by more than a dozen white police officers left him with a dislocated shoulder. The officers were looking for a robbery suspect who was already in police custody. Allegations of excessive force in Anne Arundel have tripled since 1986.
Howard County's internal affairs department has charged three officers with using excessive force in arresting three Jessup men. The department is still investigating incidents in which two Laurel families claimed they had been terrorized by masked officers in a futile, early-morning drug search.