Neuman to discuss Arundel police investigation

Task force reviewed troubled agency

August 12, 2013|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman will announce on Monday afternoon the findings of a task force that's been investigating the county's troubled police department.

Neuman formed the task force in early May to review the police department, which was involved in the scandal that ultimately led to Neuman's predecessor, John R. Leopold, resigning from office.

Leopold was convicted of two counts of misconduct in office in January. The allegations revealed in court included that he had police officers from his protection detail perform personal and political tasks for him, including picking up campaign checks, emptying his catheter bag and arranging sexual liaisons with his girlfriend.

Leopold has appealed his convictions and his police chief, James Teare Sr., resigned amid the investigation. Teare was not charged.

More recently, Teare's replacement, Larry W. Tolliver, was accused of using anti-gay slurs and changing the assignments of officers who testified against Leopold, although a personnel review found no wrongdoing. Tolliver resigned in May.

When Neuman formed the task force in early May, she said she had received a steady stream of anonymous notes and allegations about the agency ever since she took over as county executive in February.

"Unfortunately, there seems to be an overarching problem in the department, and I want to figure out what it is," Neuman said when she formed the task force.

The task force was comprised of officers from other police agencies and was led by Frederick H. Bealefeld III, a Pasadena native who is a former Baltimore police commissioner.

Last month, Neuman appointed Kevin Davis as chief of Anne Arundel's police force. A former assistant chief for Prince George's County, Davis said when he was appointed that he plans to restore pride to the agency.

"I am personally not interested in distractions … As distractions reveal themselves, I will forthrightly deal with those distractions," he said.

Neuman, Davis and Bealefeld are scheduled to speak at a news conference at 1 p.m. on Monday to discuss the task force's findings.

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