Cherry Hill activist's car vandalized

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August 31, 2012|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

The vehicle of a Cherry Hill activist and pastor was defaced with a threatening message on Thursday, and city police say they are investigating.

It's the second time Cleoda Walker says she has been threatened since she started looking into complaints from residents about what they say are over-aggressive security officers in the Cherry Hill neighborhood. And the most recent incident comes as papers were served on officers being sued in a class-action filing by Walker and 20 other residents, according to attorney Tonya Bana, of the Murphy Firm.

In addition to Walker's car, the former home of an ex-Tenable employee named Shanen Johnson, who is named in the lawsuit as a witness, was also defaced, according to Bana. That home is in Baltimore County.

The l$25 million awsuit claims that at least two special police officers - a designation for security guards that gives them limited arrest powers on certain properties - employed by the Tenable Protection Agency have been acting like rogue cops in South Baltimore. Tenable has not returned messages seeking comment.

Bana said that Johnson earlier received a note that read, "Bitch if I lose my house job or wife, you will lose your life!" and in September 2011 her tires were slashed after she told the Police Department about threatening statements made by an officer.

Police said they were investigating the vandalism.

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