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By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,Staff writer | March 22, 1991
The Annapolis Police Department's Black Officers Association has called on Alderman Theresa DeGraff to apologize for saying that none of the department's black officers was qualified to become deputy chief."
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By Cpl. Kam Cooke | August 26, 2014
African American Officers of the Anne Arundel County Police Department were shocked and taken back by the donation to the defense fund for Officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson, Mo., by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 Board of Directors. While we appreciate the support that the union offers to officers in need, there comes a time where leaders must take a step back and look at the totality of their decisions. This decision appeared to lack any regard for the many men and women of color, and even others with regard to the topic of Ferguson, Mo. The fact is that no criminal charges have been filed, and the facts of the case have not been fully released.
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By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,Staff writer | February 19, 1991
The Annapolis Police Department's Black Officers Association has called on Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins to "do the right thing" and hire a black deputy police chief, a promise the mayor made a year ago at an event attended by 300 people."
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
A group of African-American police officers in Anne Arundel County said Monday they were "shocked" by their union's donation to a white Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen. In a letter to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70, which represents Anne Arundel's rank-and-file police, the officers blasted the decision to donate to a fund for Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Mo., police department. "While we appreciate the support that the union offers to officers in need, there comes a time where leaders must take a step back and look at the totality of their decisions," wrote Cpl. Kam Cooke, a bike patrol officer and acting president of Anne Arundel's Black Police Officers Association.
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By WILEY A. HALL | July 1, 1993
Charles J. Jackson says he was investigated on departmental charges 26 times during his 13-year career as a Baltimore County police officer."Now, that many charges means one of two things," says Mr. Jackson. "Either I was a pretty poor excuse for a police officer or I'm a victim of harassment on the part of my supervisors."Baltimore County alleges that Mr. Jackson was not a good officer. The department fired him in April for carrying his service revolver after his police powers had been suspended, for driving a car without a valid registration, and for disobeying orders.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | December 7, 1999
A federal civil rights agency is asking a U.S. District Court judge to force the Baltimore Police Department to turn over records related to what they say were department violations of black officers' civil rights.Wilma Scott, an enforcement officer with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said yesterday that the Police Department has not complied with the agency's requests for information related to an EEOC ruling from a year ago that is needed to work out a settlement.In December 1998, the agency determined that city police violated federal civil rights by disciplining black officers more harshly than whites.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2001
George Phelps Jr. loves to quote the top police official of the 1960s who said there would never be a black officer in Anne Arundel - especially on occasions like tonight's ceremony honoring the African-Americans who have served on the police force. "I'll never forget those words," says Phelps, a former deputy sheriff in the county, smiling at the thought of the event paying tribute to the black officers in the county, past and present. Those expected to attend the ceremony at 7 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College include the highest-ranking African-American in the department's history - Athena M. Baker, promoted to acting captain about six months ago by Chief P. Thomas Shanahan.
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By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,Staff writer | March 26, 1991
When Sgt. Robert E. Beans stepped down as head of the Annapolis Police Department's Black Officers Association last October, many assumedthe organization would be quieter under its new president, narcoticsDetective George Kelley.They were wrong. The association has been more active than ever during Kelley's six months on the job."The guy has exceeded my expectations," said Alderman Carl O. Snowden, D-Ward 5. "He took over the leadership of the BOA and hit the ground running. It has enhanced his position in the community tremendously."
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | March 13, 1992
The president of Annapolis' Black Officers Association yesterday accused the top police administrator of racial intimidation, a move thatunleashed a storm of protests by members who called for the president's resignation.At an impromptu press conference, Officer George Kelley sharply criticized Chief Harold Robbins for trying to weaken the nine-year-old association by pitting officers against each other. He charged the Robbins administration wants to "place a blanket of fear into the hearts of black officers."
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2000
Norman Randall still remembers the laughter. It stopped completely as the African-American officer walked into the Annapolis Police Department locker room for his first roll call in 1962. A room full of white officers in the recently desegregated department stared silently at him. Last night, Randall walked into another room full of people in Annapolis - black and white - celebrating the desegregation of the city's police department and honoring the 86 African-American officers who have served on the force to date.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2013
Kenneth Collins knew he had a big day in store when he showed up for work Aug. 28, 1963. As an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, his job was to protect the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who planned a major speech to anchor the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Collins was prepared for violence. "Be on your toes," his sergeant had warned him. But he wasn't prepared to be so moved by King's "I Have a Dream" speech, to be motivated to take a deeper look at race relations in the nation's capital and in his own police force, which had already been integrated.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
Four former and current African-American Annapolis police officers have filed a federal racial-discrimination lawsuit against the city, claiming that they were unfairly treated, subjected to harassment, wrongly turned down for promotions and, for two of them, given walking papers. "African-American officers in the Annapolis police department are subjected to unequal treatment," claims the lawsuit, which was filed this month in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. It also claims that the black officers were singled out for harsher discipline than white colleagues.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
Rick Hite, who retired from the Baltimore Police Department in 2010, will be named the chief of the Indianapolis Police Department, the Indianapolis Star is reporting .  Hite left Baltimore while holding a position of a community and youth liaison, and for years had been active in the department's Vanguard Justice Society, an organization representing the agency's black officers.  Hite became interim chief in Indianapolis eight months ago....
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2012
John Ellis "Bo" Blackwell, one of the first African-Americans to be appointed to the Baltimore Police Department, who overcame racism and enjoyed a 30-year career with the department, died Oct. 30 of respiratory failure at Sinai Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 83. "John was a pioneering African-American officer and he kept us focused. We stand on his shoulders," said Edward V. Woods, who served as police commissioner from 1989 to 1993. "Thank God for people like John who always gave his all. We are a better community for it and the department is now a healthy and representative mixture of people," said Mr. Woods.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2011
The Anne Arundel County branch of the NAACP is seeking a federal Justice Department probe of the county's Police Department, claiming that there is a lack of diversity in the department and not enough promotion opportunities for black officers. Jacqueline Allsup, president of the county branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said she sent a letter Monday to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, asking her to make a formal request for a Justice Department investigation.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2010
A consultant has started to evaluate the Baltimore Police Department's internal disciplinary system — a requirement of a multimillion-dollar settlement in a class-action lawsuit that alleged institutional race discrimination. However, his reports will be confidential. James Outtz, who specializes in race discrimination and personnel practices, was hired a few months ago and is in the process of digging into police disciplinary data, said Peter D. Isakoff, the attorney for the plaintiffs.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2011
The Anne Arundel County branch of the NAACP is seeking a federal Justice Department probe of the county's Police Department, claiming that there is a lack of diversity in the department and not enough promotion opportunities for black officers. Jacqueline Allsup, president of the county branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said she sent a letter Monday to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, asking her to make a formal request for a Justice Department investigation.
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