Retired city police lieutenant dies while working in Iraq as a trainer

May 11, 2006|By STEPHANIE DESMON | STEPHANIE DESMON,SUN REPORTER

A 32-year veteran of the Baltimore police force who retired in 2004 and went to Iraq to work for a company that trains Iraqi police died last week in that country.

The cause and circumstances of the death of Ernie D. Meadows, 60, were not released by his family. But through a spokeswoman for the David J. Weber Funeral Home, the family said the death was not combat-related. The U.S. State Department confirmed Meadows' death but would provide no details.

Meadows went to work two years ago for MPRI, a company contracted by the U.S. Justice Department to train Iraqi police officers, according to his family. He worked as an instructor at Baghdad Police College and later in the town of Irbil.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Meadows graduated from Patterson High School in 1964. He became a Baltimore police officer in 1972, having earned a law degree and a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore. He also earned a master's degree in education from what was then Coppin State College in 1974 and a master's degree in criminal justice in 1976 from the University of Baltimore.

He worked in most of the city's police districts during his career. He was promoted to sergeant in 1978 and to lieutenant in 1986. He earned four commendations, including three commendatory letters, according to a biography provided by the department.

Meadows made news in 1999 and in 2000 when he was suspended on two occasions after being accused of making racially charged remarks. He was later reinstated.

Meadows is survived by his sister, Beverly Rider of Harford County. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the David J. Weber Funeral Home, 401 S. Chester St. in Baltimore.

stephanie.desmon @baltsun.com

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