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May 2, 2012
From The Aegis dated May 7, 1987: Accused cop killer Frank Green was transferred from the Harford County Detention Center 25 years ago this week to the state prison system. Green's lawyer said Green's life and health were at risk in the county jail because a county sheriff's deputy was one of the people wounded during the "incident" in September in which a Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer was shot and killed. Deputies staff the jail. Others called the "incident" involving Green more of a rampage.
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August 29, 2014
Regarding Dan Rodericks' column on those computer-guided rifles, may I just say that I am thrilled that the gun manufacturers and their puppet, the NRA, are planning to make these "cop killer" weapons cheaper and more widely available ( "As technology advances, guns become deadlier, 'smarter,'" Aug. 26). Remember, these are the guns the Navy Seals used to kill those Somali pirates with shots to the head at long range aboard a moving ship. With these things you simply can't miss from almost a mile away.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | December 14, 1992
Does the name Body Count ring a bell?It should. A few months ago, this L.A.-based thrash act was the most notorious band in rock and roll. Thanks to "Cop Killer," the last song on Body Count's self-titled debut album, the group was condemned by law enforcement associations, denounced by Vice President Dan Quayle and reviled by actor Charlton Heston.By mid-summer, sentiment was running so high that complaints over "Cop Killer" dominated the annual stockholders meeting at Time/Warner, the media conglomerate distributing the Body Count album.
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March 6, 2014
On March 5, 1770, a group of British soldiers fired into an unruly crowd, killing five American civilians in an incident known as the Boston Massacre. Facing murder charges and potentially the death penalty, the soldiers had difficulty finding someone to defend them in court. John Adams agreed to represent them not because he sympathized with their circumstances but because he believed that they had a right to a legal defense. He succeeded, too, as six of the soldiers were acquitted and two convicted only of manslaughter.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writer | July 30, 1992
Members of the city's Board of Estimates yesterday joined the chorus condemning Ice-T's "Cop Killer" rap by approving a resolution protesting Time Warner Inc.'s distribution and sale of the song.The song's lyrics, "I'm going to bust some shots off. I'm going to dust some cops off," have angered police organizations and others who have called for a nationwide boycott of Time Warner. Ice-T, whose real name is Tracy Marrow, says he wrote the song to protest police brutality.During yesterday's board meeting, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke summed up the city's position this way: "This is not the kind of song we want out there with our young people."
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By David Simon and David Simon,Staff Writer | July 15, 1992
A Baltimore police officer, blinded by a gunman who fired two bullets into his head at point-blank range, will travel to Los Angeles today with other police representatives to confront the recording company that is selling a rap star's song about a cop killer."
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | June 23, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- Seeming to relish what some describe as a role of "attack dog" for his boss, Vice President Dan Quayle yesterday added a controversial rapper's song to his list of targets for criticism.Commenting on Time Warner Inc., the parent company of the record label that released a song called "Cop Killer" by Ice T, Mr. Quayle said: "Here is a very influential corporation, supporting and making money off a record that suggests it's OK to kill cops. I find that outrageous."The vice president's arrival in Southern California coincided with President Bush's signing into law a $1 billion emergency urban aid and summer jobs package.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | June 30, 1992
Until recently, most of us assumed that the greatest menace to police in this country was the rising level of gunplay on our streets. But now, we know better. Thanks to a loose coalition of politicians and law enforcement fraternities, we now realize that the real threat to American law enforcement comes not from pistol-packing criminals, but from rhyme-slinging recording artists.Imagine our relief.What prompted this revelation was "Cop Killer," a song written and performed by Ice-T and his thrash band, Body Count.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | July 29, 1992
Rap star Ice-T announced yesterday that he would delete the controversial track "Cop Killer" from his speed-metal album "Body Count." But the rapper insisted this withdrawal was not in response to police protests against his song, but due to death threats made against employees at Warner Bros. Records, the album's manufacturer. Ice-T blamed those threats on police officers."At the moment the cops are in a criminal mode," he said at press conference in Los Angeles yesterday. "They've raised a lot of death threats against Warner Brothers Records."
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By Mike Royko and Mike Royko,Tribune Media Services | June 30, 1992
A Chicago cop showed me the protest letter he was sending to some big executive at Warner Bros. Records, which is part of the huge Time Warner company.It's the same letter that is being sent by thousands of Chicago cops. Variations are being sent by police in other parts of the country."We, as members of the Chicago Police Department and members of their families, are appalled and offended that you and your company are willing to promote the Ice-T song called 'Cop Killer.'"We are urging you to remove this song from the record stores and the media.
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May 2, 2012
From The Aegis dated May 7, 1987: Accused cop killer Frank Green was transferred from the Harford County Detention Center 25 years ago this week to the state prison system. Green's lawyer said Green's life and health were at risk in the county jail because a county sheriff's deputy was one of the people wounded during the "incident" in September in which a Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer was shot and killed. Deputies staff the jail. Others called the "incident" involving Green more of a rampage.
NEWS
June 4, 2009
Vigilantism is an ugly word, but it's one that's been on people's minds ever since the death under suspicious circumstances of Ronnie L. White last June in a Prince George's County detention facility. Mr. White had been brought there on a Friday, accused of killing a county police officer, Cpl. Richard S. Findley, during a botched carjacking. By Sunday, Mr. White was dead, after jail guards reportedly found him lying unconscious in his maximum-security cell. The county medical examiner ruled the death a homicide when an autopsy revealed broken bones in the prisoner's neck, indicating he had been strangled.
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By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF | April 22, 2001
PRINCETON, N.J. - When a man found guilty of murdering an 11-year-old girl with an ice pick was freed, James C. McCloskey celebrated. He was thrilled, too, when a convicted cop killer got out of prison, ecstatic when a man jailed for raping, mutilating and murdering a woman was ordered off death row and sent back to his family. He was happy because the convicts were innocent, and he is the man who freed them. A former Princeton theology student, McCloskey is a minister to the despised.
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February 16, 2000
A HIGHER authority decides how long we have on this earth, to be sure. But mortals do what they can by passing laws -- and enforcing them as if lives were at stake. Baltimore County Police Sergeant Bruce A. Prothero, a 35-year-old father, may have lost his life because guns laws are not more vigorously enforced in Baltimore. Sergeant Prothero was shot to death last week in a jewelry store holdup. The alleged triggerman, 29-year-old Richard Antonio Moore, would have been in federal prison had he been senteced under provisions of Richmond's Project Exile or Baltimore's Project Disarm.
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By Karin Remesch and Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | July 7, 1996
Here's your chance to be an extra on the Emmy Award-winning television series "Homicide: Life on the Streets." Pat Moran & Associates is currently casting for the fifth season of the show, which is filmed in Baltimore.Send a nonreturnable snapshot and your name, address, age and phone number to Homicide Casting, 1701 Thames St., Baltimore 21231. No phone calls, please.Filming for "Homicide" is scheduled to begin July 15, but submissions will be accepted through February. The show airs at 10 p.m. Fridays on NBC.City muralsApplications are being accepted through July 26 for the 1996 Baltimore Mural Program, a competition for the commissioning of five murals in Baltimore City -- 1859 Ramsey St., 405 S. Monroe St., 886 Washington Blvd.
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By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,Sun Staff Writer | May 13, 1995
Marshall "Eddie" Conway flashes a smile and raises a clenched fist high in the air. It's the standard gesture of solidarity among the Black Panthers, and the way Eddie Conway still greets his friends.But Conway isn't saying hello to someone he's bumped into on the street. He's acknowledging a fellow inmate in the visitor's room at the Maryland House of Correction, where's he spent the past 25 years.And there's no telling when he'll get to see "Panthers," the new movie that has put the spotlight on former party members like Eddie Conway, who maintain to this day that they are political prisoners.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | July 31, 1992
When Ice-T's third album hit the streets in 1989, most people took the title -- "Freedom of Speech . . . Just Watch What You Say" -- for sarcasm. But lately, it has begun to seem an awful lot like prophecy.Over the past couple months, the rapper has become the focus of a massive protest, as police groups and conservative politicians demanded the withdrawal of "Cop Killer," a song on his heavy metal album "Body Count."In no time at all, Ice-T had become America's Most Unwanted. Dan Quayle denounced him, as did President Bush and actor Charlton Heston.
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By PETER A. JAY | August 2, 1992
Havre de Grace. -- Let's begin with a little song.Die, nigger, it's better you than me. Die, nigger, f racial animosity! Die, nigger, I know your family's grievin' Die, nigger, but still I'm gettin' even.That's vicious, sickening, putrid stuff, right? If you heard it on the radio, you'd be shocked and appalled. If you heard people you knew singing it, even if they were drunk, it would change your opinion of them forever. If your children brought a tape of it home from school and put it on your new sound system, you'd put a stop to it in a hurry and explain to them why it's disgusting.
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By GREGORY P. KANE | January 7, 1993
"Cop Killer,'' that invidious record by that mediocre rap star,Ice T, continues to cause controversy. A recent appearance by Ice T at College Park brought out the usual band of police, their families and supporters to protest the rap musician's effete effort at social commentary. Though he didn't perform ''Cop Killer,'' Ice T did excoriate the police for protesting ''when they should be out catching criminals.'' Ice T would probably look genuinely confused if someone were to suggest that police officers have the same rights of free speech he seems to think belong exclusively to rap musicians.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | December 14, 1992
Does the name Body Count ring a bell?It should. A few months ago, this L.A.-based thrash act was the most notorious band in rock and roll. Thanks to "Cop Killer," the last song on Body Count's self-titled debut album, the group was condemned by law enforcement associations, denounced by Vice President Dan Quayle and reviled by actor Charlton Heston.By mid-summer, sentiment was running so high that complaints over "Cop Killer" dominated the annual stockholders meeting at Time/Warner, the media conglomerate distributing the Body Count album.
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