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By Peter Hermann | February 23, 2012
A Baltimore police officer who said in an interview that he had received no counseling after he shot and killed two people nine months apart in 2006 and 2007 has been suspended from the force, and stripped of his gun and badge. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the eight-year veteran, Andrew W. Gotwols Jr., made comments that concerned commanders about his fitness to serve. He described the 36-year-old as being "medically suspended. " Gotwols told The Baltimore Sun that he has nightmares that "guys are trying to shoot and kill me, and that I'm trying to shoot and kill them.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
A federal jury on Thursday convicted the last of 17 Baltimore police officers charged in a broad kickback scheme, hours after another officer who had stood trial pleaded guilty. Officer Samuel Ocasio, 36, was found guilty by the jury of conspiracy and extortion under color of official right, while Officer Kelvin Manrich, 42, pleaded guilty to the same counts earlier in the day, before jurors began deliberating. Ocasio, who is from Edgewood, and Manrich, from Middle River, face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy, and a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for extortion.
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By Peter Hermann | February 17, 2012
A Baltimore police officer out walking his department dog in Druid Hill Park Wednesday afternoon shot and killed a pit bull that he said was attacking him, according to a police report. Police said Officer Jake Corbett was near the department's K-9 headquarters near Swann Drive when he noticed a pit bull running off the leash. The police dog, Thoda, was wearing a harness with Baltimore police patches and a neon police identification tag on a six-foot leash. Corbett said in a report that a black dog stared down Thoda from atop a hill about 100 yards away.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
A four-page personal handwritten letter from John Jay Audubon to Gideon B. Smith, dated May 18, 1843, taken from the Connecticut Historical Society. A single-page letter from Marie Antoinette written in French on Oct. 2, 1784, taken from the Connecticut Historical Society. A letter written in French from Napoleon Bonaparte on Sept. 17, 1878, taken from the Connecticut Historical Society. A letter written by Karl Marx on April 14, 1874, to P.H. King inquiring about the title and price of a book bearing Marx's signature, taken from the Wilbur Collection at the University of Vermont Library.
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By Justin Fenton | February 3, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday dedicated a street in Southwest Baltimore to William H. Torbit, the city police officer fatally shot by fellow officers last year outside a city club. The block was where Torbit's family resides; the date was picked because it would have been Torbit's 35th birthday. Dozens of family members and police officers packed the corner of Wildwood Parkway and Edmondson Avenue, wearing memorial t-shirts and holding signs. But the family made clear that they remain frustrated with the outcome of the investigation of the case.
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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 Peter Hermann | December 9, 2011
A Baltimore police officer who was hit by a bullet accidentally fired by a Baltimore County colleague during a raid on Tuesday returned fire, but did not aim at the officer who shot him, according to a police union lawyer. Instead, the city officer fired straight ahead as he was going down a small set of stairs dividing a split-level house, according to the lawyer, Michael Marshall. The attorney said the city officer had been shot from an officer standing behind him, but thought the threat was in front of him. “They didn't expect to be going into a dark area,” said Marshall, who works for a law firm contracted with the Fraternal Order of Police, which is assisting both officers with the case.
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September 15, 2011
It's been more than nine months since the tragic death of city Police Officer William H. Torbit Jr., who was killed by friendly fire from fellow officers in January as he tried to disperse an unruly crowd outside a downtown night club, and the public is still waiting for answers. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake promised a prompt, independent investigation of the shooting, which claimed the life of an unarmed civilian and wounded several other people in addition to ending Officer Torbit's life.
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By Rebekah Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2011
A Baltimore police officer was injured on southbound Interstate 83 Thursday evening when her patrol car was rear-ended by another vehicle. Police said the accident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. as the Northern District patrol officer was helping a motorist with a disabled vehicle near 28 t h Street. Police could not confirm whether the officer was inside her cruiser at the time. Detective Kevin Brown, a police spokesman, said the officer suffered minor injuries, including scrapes to the elbow and leg. "She was taken to the hospital as a precaution and released shortly thereafter," Brown said.
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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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