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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff Mike Klingaman contributed to this story | May 31, 1991
MAYOR Kurt L. Schmoke defended the city police department's handling of excessive-force complaints and said he has seen no evidence that valid complaints are increasing significantly."
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By Mark Puente and Doug Donovan and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations of brutality and misconduct at Baltimore's Police Department, the type of probe that has triggered wide-ranging reforms in other cities. Here's a look at federal investigations in five other jurisdictions: • Pittsburgh — Police officers were accused of making false arrests of people who challenged their authority and of using excessive force against criminal suspects, including individuals wearing handcuffs. The department was also accused of failing to discipline officers for such actions.
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By Kellie Woodhouse, Howard County Times | July 22, 2010
A 54-year-old woman charged with assaulting a Howard County police officer says the officer used excessive force during an altercation in which he wound up punching her in the face and knocking her unconscious, In an interview Tuesday, Rita Christine Anderson acknowledged arguing with the officer and grabbing his arm, but she denied hitting him, as accused. Anderson said she was intoxicated the night of the incident and that she argued with the officer. But she said she did not strike the officer.
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By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Baltimore police officers involved in a violent arrest of a nightclub patron who they say resisted arrest returned to duty on Tuesday. Five police officers were involved in arresting Jamar Kennedy, 29, outside Melba's Place night club in the 3100 block of Greenmount Avenue on Sept. 23. Police said Kennedy was fighting a bouncer when officers intervened and began to struggle with Kennedy. Police say they used a Taser on Kennedy, and a cell phone video taken by a bystander showed them striking Kennedy several times with batons.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 17, 1997
A Prince George's County officer used excessive force when he jammed his knee into the back of a prostrate bystander ordered to lie on the ground by police who were pursuing two drug suspects, a federal jury has found.Richard Wilson, formerly of Hyattsville, was awarded $40,000 in damages last week after the jury determined that Prince George's police Cpl. Henry Norris III violated his civil rights.Wilson was standing in his front yard in Hyattsville on Jan. 6, 1992, when a police officer pursuing two black drug suspects ordered him to lie on the ground.
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By New York Times News Service | March 3, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- After three days of testimony setting the scene in the federal civil rights trial of four police officers charged in the beating of Rodney King, lawyers battled yesterday the central issue of the case: whether excessive force was used to subdue Mr. King.The first person to take the stand for the prosecution yesterday led the way in what will be a crucial series of witnesses from both sides who will offer contrasting interpretations of the videotaped beating that occurred two years ago today.
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By Deidre Nerreau McCabe and Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Staff writer | November 3, 1991
A police trial board investigating charges of excessive force by twocounty officers failed to reach a decision Thursday after several hours of deliberation and will resume again Tuesday.The board is charged with determining whether officers Victor Riemer and Ricky Johnson used excessive force while breaking up a January 1990 beer party at the Red Roof Inn in Jessup, which was attended by local teen-agers.Two of the partygoers, Mickey Bowie and his now-deceased twin brother, Carl "Jon" Bowie, alleged that the officers beat them up beforearresting them on a variety of charges, including resisting arrest.
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March 14, 2008
Three correctional officers assigned to the Roxbury Correctional Institution at Hagerstown in Western Maryland could face termination amid allegations of using excessive force against inmates, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said yesterday. The names of and specific allegations against the officers were withheld because of the continuing investigation. The disciplinary action stemmed from an incident last week, said spokesman Rick Binetti. He declined to describe what happened.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | September 9, 1994
The father of a Glen Burnie girl yesterday filed suit in state and federal court alleging that an Anne Arundel County police officer used excessive force while arresting his daughter at a roller rink in January.In the suit, William J. Murdico of Gatewater Court alleges that during the arrest Detective Themistocles Bathras threw his 16-year-old daughter, Kelly, to the ground with such force she required hospital treatment.The girl, who has since turned 17, was treated at St. Agnes Hospital for a dislocated shoulder, a broken wrist, a twisted ankle, an injured knee and torn ligaments in her legs that put her in a wheelchair for several weeks, according to her lawyer, E. Thomas Maxwell Jr."
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By Deidre Nerreau McCabe and Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Staff writer | October 23, 1991
A police trial board that is investigating charges of excessive force against two county officers will begin hearing defense testimony when hearings resume Oct. 30.Mark McCurdy of the county Office of Law, who is acting as prosecutor in the case, said the trial board spent most of last weekend listening to taped statements from prosecution witnesses in the case against officers Victor Riemer and Ricky Johnson.The board, which consists of three county police officers, began hearing evidence in August, then took a two-month recess.
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September 27, 2014
Regarding your editorial "Cops and cameras" (Sept. 24), in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., many city councils and police departments across the country are considering or outfitting their officers with body cameras. Requiring officers to wear body cameras makes sense. It will make them think twice before resorting to more aggressive tactics in dealing with citizens during street stops and calls for service. And since some interactions between police and the public may lead to charges of officer misconduct, the video feed may help police department internal affairs investigators, judges and juries make more informed decisions regarding an appropriate disposition.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Baltimore police are investigating whether officers used excessive force in the arrest of a pair of West Baltimore brothers Sunday, the department said. Officers say that one man punched an officer as the two resisted arrest, while witnesses alleged that officers used unnecessary force in detaining the men following a dirt bike crash in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Charles Peters had just crashed his dirt bike into a tree on Laurens Street at about 1 p.m. when police arrived.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
An independent panel created to review last year's in-custody death of Tyrone West determined that Baltimore police officers did not use excessive force but made tactical errors that "potentially aggravated the situation" and did not follow basic policies. West, 44, died on July 18, 2013, after police and witnesses said he fought with officers after being pulled over while driving through Northeast Baltimore. West's family has maintained that, based on accounts from witnesses, he was beaten to death by the officers, though an autopsy determined he died because of a heart condition exacerbated by the struggle with police and the summer heat.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
— The father of the American teen who was allegedly beaten by Israeli police last week has filed a formal complaint against authorities there, advocates said Tuesday, and relatives in Maryland demanded that he be allowed to return to the United States. Fifteen-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir was visiting family in East Jerusalem when a cousin was abducted and burned to death last Wednesday. The killing came in apparent retaliation for the abduction and deaths of three Israeli teens last month.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | April 28, 2014
The written questions from the audience of more than 100 people came fast and furious on cards read aloud by City Councilman Bill Henry, moderator of the 3rd annual Public Safety Summit at Morgan State University on Saturday. What can city police do about underage drinking, motorists not stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks, and juveniles who are arrested for breaking into homes and then end up back out on the street, doing it again? Why is Roland Park less crime-prone than Cherry Hill?
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
An African-American Baltimore County police sergeant claims in a federal lawsuit that he faced threats and discrimination after reporting that two white officers used excessive force and made an unlawful arrest. Sgt. Randy Williams, who worked in Woodlawn before being transferred last spring to Cockeysville, claims his superiors routinely treated him differently from other equally ranked officers who were white. The allegations are the latest against a department that has struggled with diversity in its ranks.
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By Peter Hermann and Thomas W. Waldron and Peter Hermann and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | February 11, 1999
Baltimore police launched an investigation yesterday into the arrest of a state senator who used the Senate floor in Annapolis to defend herself against accusations she blocked paramedics trying to help an injured child.Joan Carter Conway, a Northeast Baltimore Democrat and potential mayoral candidate, said an officer used excessive force when he handcuffed her and forced her to sit on the curb.The 47-year-old senator was in a crowd that had gathered after a 6-year-old girl was hit by a car at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 2300 block of E. Monument St. in East Baltimore.
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By Mike Klingaman | February 4, 1992
A Baltimore police officer was exonerated yesterday of using excessive force in a violent struggle nearly two years ago on McElderry Street that had racial overtones.After four days of testimony from nearly two-dozen witnesses, a Police Department trial board took just an hour to find Officer Nicholas J. Tomlin innocent of any wrongdoing in the May 1990 incident near Oldtown Mall.Officer Tomlin, 24, who is white, was accused of using excessive force in the arrest of Robert Washington, 23, who is black.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
A Baltimore County police officer did not use excessive force by using a Taser 10 times on a man who died during an attempted 2007 arrest, a federal jury found this month. Ryan Meyers' family sued police over the incident, in which three Baltimore County police were called to his Middle River home for a domestic dispute. Police said Meyers, 40, refused to listen to the officers and did not drop a baseball bat, but the family said one of the officers continued to use the Taser on him even after he fell to the ground and no longer resisted arrest.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2011
The warden who oversees the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center and seven other corrections employees have been suspended because of the alleged use of excessive force that left a female detainee hospitalized, state corrections officials said. Officials said a 26-year-old woman, who faced minor charges and was detained at the facility Jan. 8, was taken to a local hospital for injuries not considered to be life-threatening after the alleged abuse, according to a release from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
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