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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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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2011
Rats are brazen neighbors in many a Baltimore neighborhood. A city police officer discovered just how brazen they are when one furry scavenger turned criminal and broke into a squad car. The rodent apparently gnawed on some wires and waited. It chose a less-than-perfect moment to emerge from hiding early Wednesday and climb up the back of a sergeant as his partner drove to a robbery call in South Baltimore. Thinking his colleague was playing a joke by tickling his neck, Sgt. Marc J. Camarote took a swipe with his arm. The angry rodent bit the officer on the palm and thumb of his right hand, according to a police spokesman.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2011
Twelve bullets from an off-duty officer's gun struck Tyrone Brown, but it wasn't until the last one hit that the former Marine dropped. Seven of them lodged in his 32-year-old body — they were later recovered from his buttocks, back, thighs and pelvis — and three passed clean through, an autopsy shows. Two others grazed him, leaving behind superficial wounds. And one hit him twice, entering and exiting a pinch of skin near his right hip, then driving back into his soft tissue and coming to a rest in his right buttock.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 11, 2011
James C. Robertson Jr., a retired Baltimore police officer and a streetcar buff who was a longtime active member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, died Saturday of respiratory failure at the Oak Crest Village retirement community. He was 100. The son of a physician and a homemaker, Mr. Robertson was born in Baltimore and raised at the foot of Broadway and later in a rowhouse near Patterson Park. He was a 1929 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science in 1935 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also played varsity football.
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