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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2010
A long-retired city police officer was convicted of assault, reckless endangerment and a handgun violation for shooting a man twice last year on the 2700 block of Boston St., the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. The victim was arguing with a friend of Daniel Marshall, 61, who intervened and ultimately shot the victim in his lower leg and hip, according to testimony from the five-day trial. Marshall, who retired from the police force in 1986, according to the state's attorney's office, claimed he was acting in self defense during the July 5, 2009 event.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A two-alarm fire in Baltimore City on Wednesday morning has sent a police officer to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center due to possible smoke inhalation, city fire department officials said. Capt. Roman Clark said that the blaze occurred at an apartment-style building with six units that were all vacant due to renovations. Officials said that the incident occurred at the 3400 block of Woodbrook Avenue near Mondawmin Mall. Clark added that a firefighter suffered minor injuries during the incident and was transported to a local hospital.
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By Peter Hermann | June 28, 2012
A 31-year-old man with a violent criminal past has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for shooting a city police officer in Baltimore's downtown, which sparked a running gun battle with tactical officers who pursued the gunman up North Calvert Street. Prosecutors said Franklin J. Gross Sr., whose last known address was on Liberty Heights Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, pleaded guilty in Circuit Court to attempted first-degree murder and using a handgun in a crime of violence. The officer he shot, Todd A. Strohman, had been on the force just one year when he was wounded in the shoulder while patrolling North Calvert and East Baltimore streets in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, 2010.
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September 30, 2014
With a resurgence of violence in Ferguson, Mo., I am reminded of a revelation that I had over 30 years ago upon becoming an inner city police officer. I learned to accept, but not fully understand, that the perceived value to human life on the street in many of the downtrodden areas of America is substantially lower than it is to the police and many others living under better socio-economic circumstances. When the two cultures of diverse values clash it often results in those with higher self-esteem being forced to take actions they would not choose to take except out of a desire for self-preservation.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2010
Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III overruled a disciplinary panel's recommendation Wednesday and fired a veteran officer who was caught on video berating and pushing a 14-year-old skateboarder at the Inner Harbor three years ago. A trial board consisting of three officers of varying ranks heard evidence at a hearing last month and cleared Officer Salvatore Rivieri of the most serious administrative charges: using excessive and...
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
A Baltimore police sergeant who claimed he was never treated for post-traumatic stress disorder after he fatally shot a man in 2005 has settled a lawsuit against the city, in a deal that allows him to retire with his pension, according to court documents and his attorney. Under terms of the settlement, Richard A. Willard, 45, dropped the federal suit and a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the Police Department canceled an administrative hearing that could have led to his termination.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2010
A retired Baltimore City police officer shot and critically injured a man who tried to rob a carryout near Pimlico Race Course , city police said Wednesday night. A 25-year-old man walked into Judy's Island Grill & Bake Shop in the 5200 block of Park Heights Ave. and brandished a handgun, city police spokesman Kevin Brown said. The 63-year-old retired police officer, who was exiting the restaurant, shot the gunman once, Brown said. The unidentified man was taken to an area hospital and is not expected to survive his injuries, Brown said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2010
A city police officer working a second job at the city impound lot was injured after he was struck by a motorist who refused to pay to pick up their vehicle, police said. The officer was identified as Lt. Sam Hood, a 15-year veteran, and his condition was not immediately known, though a police spokesman said he was conscious and breathing, and in a follow-up phone call said Hood had only suffered some "bumps and bruises" from being rolled over the hood of the car. Det. Kevin Brown said the incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. at the city impound lot, where Hood was working a secondary job. Brown said a motorist "wanted to leave without paying for their vehicle, and drove through the gate, striking him as he tried to prevent them from getting away.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
Baltimore police say a 20-year-old man with a grudge against the department fired a rifle at a Southwestern District patrol officer Tuesday night. The officer was spared serious injury when the bullet grazed him and struck his service weapon. Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said detectives received a break in the case when a community member phoned in a tip Thursday morning that two possible suspects were in a vehicle in the neighborhood. Chey Jordan of the 1100 block of Cooks Lane has been charged with attempted murder.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2010
The doctors told Detective Jermaine Cook that the injury to his left eye was like placing a grape in a bag, slicing it in half, and then smashing it flat. The beer mug slung at his face by a Joppa man in May had caused irreparable damage. Cook, a Baltimore police officer who patrolled the toughest parts of the city, is now legally blind and can't drive long distances or at night. He's had trouble taking care of his children without assistance and has seen his income — which used to include significant overtime pay — drop substantially.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
A city police officer was charged with felony assault after he stormed into a home in full uniform Monday and threatened to kill his wife with his service weapon, Baltimore police said. After the alleged attack, Officer Gualberto Diaz, 38, reported to work and asked to be excused from the rest of his shift. After police investigated the attack, Diaz was arrested Monday and taken to Central Booking. A judge ordered him held without bail Tuesday, according to court records. In a statement, the Police Department's top disciplinarian condemned Diaz.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
A South Baltimore man filed a lawsuit Monday against a city police officer, accusing the officer of punching him repeatedly during a June arrest — an incident that was captured on video. Kollin Truss and Officer Vincent E. Cosom argued a few moments before the arrest, but a woman with Truss had separated the pair, and Truss was apparently walking away from police when they decided to make an arrest. "This attack was completely unprovoked and served no legitimate law enforcement purpose," Truss' attorneys, Ivan J. Bates and Tony N. Garcia, wrote in a complaint filed in Baltimore Circuit Court.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Roy L. Barker, a retired Chessie System chief clerk and World War II veteran, died Sept. 2 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville of complications from a stroke. He was 91. The son of Murvin Barker, a city police officer, and Marie Barker, a homemaker, Roy Lyman Barker was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly. After graduating in 1941 from City College, he went to work as a clerk for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. He then joined the Army and trained with the 88th Glider Infantry in Sturgis, S.D. Mr. Barker then volunteered for parachute infantry school at Fort Benning, Ga. After completing jump school, he was assigned to the 515th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 13th Airborne Division.
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By Bruce Friedrich | May 28, 2014
Three years ago, I joined six of my friends in passing out vegetarian recipes and information at the Inner Harbor. Baltimore City Police officers ordered us to stop and demanded that we leave the property, under threat of arrest. So last week, we sued those officers for violating our constitutional rights. We had a First Amendment right to pass out literature at the Inner Harbor, and we had proof of our right to be there - the property management company's specific guidelines - which the officers refused to acknowledge.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
A city police officer used his Taser five times to subdue a heavily medicated 19-year-old man who was fighting staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and later died, according to his family's attorney and an account from a law enforcement source. State social services officials identified the teen Monday as George V. King, a Charles County foster youth living in a Baltimore residential facility. King was in a coma for a week after the altercation, then died May 14. Police disclosed the incident a day later, saying they had opened a criminal and administrative investigation.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
A veteran Baltimore police sergeant received probation Friday after being convicted for failing to act during an assault on a drug suspect. Sgt. Marinos N. Gialamas said that it was "a split-second decision" that had ended with him standing before a circuit court judge. "This is the last place I ever thought I'd be," the 19-year veteran said before he choked up and was unable to continue. Anthony Williams, another officer who was convicted of assault in the case, received a jail term this week.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2012
No one was going to believe his account, he thought. Ricky Thomas — who'd done prison time for dealing drugs and resisting arrest — said he was sucker-punched in the face by a Baltimore police officer and stomped. Now he was locked up and facing charges of assaulting police. But there was video of the incident. And unknown to him, investigators with the Police Department's internal affairs unit and the city prosecutor's office were pursuing the case. Last month, Officer Donyell Briggs was given probation before judgment by a city judge on charges of second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
A Baltimore City police officer was taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation after he attempted to alert residents about a two-alarm fire in the Bolton Hill neighborhood Saturday afternoon. Fire department spokesman Capt. Roman Clark said the officer suffered minor injuries. He was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The blaze in the 1800 block of Eutaw Place began around 2:30 p.m. and was placed under control about two hours later, he said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
John H. Brown, who headed the Baltimore Police Department's mounted patrol for more than a decade and later became Carroll County sheriff, died Jan. 11 of heart failure at his Uniontown home. He was 85. "He was fair, a gentleman, as were his deputies," said Perry Jones, a former Carroll County commissioner who is now mayor of Union Bridge. "It was a new start for the department when he came to Carroll County, and he was a man who had his own ideas when it came to law enforcement.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
A Baltimore City police officer was taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation after he attempted to alert residents about a two-alarm fire in the Bolton Hill neighborhood Saturday afternoon. Fire department spokesman Capt. Roman Clark said the officer suffered minor injuries. He was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The blaze in the 1800 block of Eutaw Place began around 2:30 p.m. and was placed under control about two hours later, he said.
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