Anthony Anderson case in prosecutors' hands

  • Rev. Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, at left, ends protest and press conference with a prayer.
Rev. Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, at left, ends protest and press… (Algerina Perna, Baltimore…)
November 08, 2012|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police have turned over to prosecutors their investigation into the death of Anthony Anderson, who the state medical examiner says died in September from blunt force traumaduring an arrest in East Baltimore. 

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the case is now under prosecutorial review, and prosecutors did not give a timetable for a decision.

Anderson, 46, was walking through a vacant lot when he was stopped by police officers Detective Gregg Boyd, Detective Michael Vodarick and Detective Todd Strohman. 

Relatives and others who say they witnessed the encounter say Anderson was unnecessarily thrown to the ground and that officers ignored his rapidly deteriorating condition, and have called for criminal charges. Anderson suffered multiple internal injuries, an autopsy found, and his death has been ruled a homicide.

Activist Cortly "C.D." Witherspoon said supporters of the family have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and will continue to remember the death on the 21st day of every month until the officers are charged. "We continue to monitor the state's attorney's office's activity, or lack thereof, communicate with the family to evaluate progress, and explore next steps and mobilize in the community," he said.

Attorneys for the officers involved say they are confident that the officers will be cleared. 

There's nothing requiring prosecutors to make a decision within a specific time frame - prosecutors took eight months to decide not to press charges against anyone in the Select Lounge police shooting case last year, for example, but took about a week to file charges against Officer Gahiji Tshamba after he fatally shot a man outside a club while off duty in 2010.

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