City cop arrested in fight seen by boss

Officer had been suspended in 2009

September 14, 2010|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore police officer suspended without pay since his arrest last year during an alcohol-infused altercation in a police parking lot was arrested again Sunday after police said he punched a woman outside a bar, according to court documents.

At least three police officers, including the commander of the Southwestern District, witnessed the latest incident in a lot behind Club Reality on Washington Boulevard. The officer arrested is assigned to that district and was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

He was identified as Everett Walker, 29, a six-year veteran of the force. He has been released on $10,000 bail and has a hearing in District Court scheduled for next month. His trial from the April 2009 parking lot dispute is set for October in Baltimore Circuit Court.

In both cases, police describe arguments that quickly escalated and involved what court documents describe as excessive amounts of alcohol. Walker had his department weapon tucked into his waistband when he was arrested last year; he was not armed when he was arrested early Sunday.

Walker could not be reached for comment; his attorney, Shaun F. Owens, did not return a message seeking comment.

The latest incident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. when officers, including Maj. Anthony Brown, heard an argument as they directed traffic outside the club at closing time. They went to the back lot and, according to court documents, said they saw a woman strike a man with a closed fist on the left side of his mouth.

Security guards broke up the fighting couple, identified as Walker and Takira Thompson, 20. The court documents say Walker ignored commands from police to "Back up and sit down," broke free of the guards and charged Thompson.

Walker threw a punch but hit a bystander identified as Keona Fonce on the left side of her face. Police officers then grabbed Walker and put him in handcuffs. Even while restrained, police said in court documents, the suspect "continued to ignore orders to sit down" and "he appeared clearly intoxicated with a glazed stare and was unresponsive to our loud verbal commands."

Police also arrested Thompson and charged her with assault. Fonce suffered a sore cheek and refused medical attention. Police said Walker's lip was cut but that he, too, declined to go to a hospital. He later complained of chest pains and was treated at St. Agnes Hospital before being processed at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that at the time of Sunday's altercation, Walker was suspended pending the outcome of criminal and possible administrative charges stemming from the incident last year.

Police said in charging documents that on April 25, 2009, two plainclothes detectives questioned Walker, who was walking through the Southwestern Police District's parking lot. Thinking he was a civilian who had illegally parked in the small lot, they watched him walk to a silver 2001 Chevrolet Impala with New York license plates.

According to the court papers, Walker turned to the detectives and said, "What are you going to give me, a ticket?"

Detective Kelly A. Johns wrote that he replied, "Yes."

"Come give me a ticket then," Walker reportedly said.

"I will give you a ticket when you get in your car," John said back.

"Well then you will be waiting a long time," Walker replied.

The officers then boxed in Walker's car as he backed out of his space. Walker got out of the car and had to be restrained by a friend from rushing at the detectives, police said in the court documents. The detectives wrote that they smelled alcohol on his breath and that he was slurring his words.

The detectives said they arrested Walker and then learned he was a police officer after finding his badge in his wallet. They then confiscated his weapon. He was initially charged with disorderly conduct but prosecutors later charged him with attempting to drive a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol.

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