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August 4, 2010
Well, I finally switched my position on the Second Amendment, and it's all due to a renegade dirt bag cop who can't control himself ("Officer shoots, kills dog in Arundel," Aug. 4). I'm talking about the piece of garbage who killed a defenseless dog because he didn't like the way it played with other dogs. What a worthless, disgusting excuse for a human being. I hope that the recent rulings by the Supreme Court result in every person carrying a handgun wherever they go. If so, that worthless scumbag would have gotten the punishment he deserves -- to die in a hail of gunfire from decent, law-abiding citizens.
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August 28, 2014
Wow! Roye Templeton's letter, "Let's talk about white racism" (Aug. 24), nailed it. Without a doubt, the root cause of the race problem in America is racism and it's white racism, pure and simple, front and center. I just turned 82 this month and I still remember both of my parents being pulled off a sound truck and arrested in the early 1940's in Baltimore City for protesting police brutality. It's 2014 and nothing in that regard has really changed. A great many whites in this country have couched themselves in a comfort zone and not in reality, primarily because of the tremendous strides made during the civil rights era. Conservative TV pundits and print journalists routinely pooh-pooh the extent and depth of racism in America.
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October 5, 2011
As a nonviolent activist, I read with interest your article "Wall Street protesters to target N.Y. police" (Sept. 30). I have had considerable contact with the police on the front lines of various protests over the years, and while most police officers have treated me with respect, on occasion some brutes have revealed their macho side. Unfortunately, the New York City Police Department has an awful reputation for mistreating protesters. Since almost everyone has a camera these days, one would expect the police to be on their best behavior, but some still get out of control, presumably because they do not fear any punishment from their superiors.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
About 50 Baltimore demonstrators gathered outside City Hall to stand in solidarity with Missouri protesters demonstrating against the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Organizers of the demonstration meet regularly at an event called "West Wednesdays" in honor of Tyrone West, a man who died while being detained by police at a traffic stop last year. They broadened their cause Wednesday and increased turnout, using the events in Ferguson to call attention to what they said was police brutality in Baltimore.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
City officials are set to consider $113,000 in payments to settle two lawsuits alleging police brutality, including a case in which a well-known 77-year-old barber's arm was broken during an arrest. Baltimore's Board of Estimates is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an award of $63,000 to Lenny Clay, the West Baltimore barber at Lenny's House of Naturals whose case sparked protests in 2009. The spending panel also has before it a $50,000 settlement with Anthony Keyes, 42, whom officers shocked with a Taser before arresting him on charges that were later dismissed.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | October 12, 1994
About 60 children and adults demonstrated in front of the Anne Arundel County police headquarters in Millersville yesterday evening, protesting alleged police misconduct during an incident at a Crofton skating rink on Sept. 30.Police are conducting an internal investigation of the complaints of police brutality and the use of racial slurs and profanity during the incident at Skate City in which seven people were arrested.Lt. Ronald Bledsoe, a shift commander at the Western District, is heading the investigation.
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By Staff report | June 19, 1991
A county police probe discovered no evidence to substantiate a brutality complaint filed by an Odenton prison guard supervisor.A statement released yesterday said Sgt. Tony Brent Lorick, a prison guard supervisor at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, fabricated and exaggerated claims of brutality in an early morning raid of his Greyswood Road home."
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By Gregory Kane | March 28, 1999
JOE MADISON, radio talk show host and program manager for WOL/WOLB, has got that Energizer Bunny critter beat by a couple of dozen light years when it comes to pep.Consider this: On Friday, March 19, he did his regular radio show from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. That Sunday, he delivered a speech in Queens, N.Y. The next day, he was one of 146 people arrested when they blocked the doorway to New York City police headquarters at One Police Plaza to protest the shooting...
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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff writer | March 20, 1991
A Columbia man is suing Howard County for $1.15 million, claiming that the Police Department and other public officials have purposefullybeen "covering up" reported incidents of police brutality.The lawsuit, filed last week in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, alleges that Mickey C. Bowie and his brother, Carl Jonathan Bowie, were severely beaten in a January 1990 brush with county police, who in turn"approved, condoned and ratified all aspects of the police misconduct."Carl Bowie was found hanged to death May 4 at a backstop on an Oakland Mills High School athletic field.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,Washington Bureau of The Sun | April 22, 1991
WASHINGTON -- It seemed like just the sort of police misconduct case that the Justice Department would want to sink its teeth into.A young black man had been shot to death by a police detective on Long Island, N.Y. Witnesses testified that the man, Ricky McCargo, had been unarmed, kneeling on the groundand pleading for his life. When a local grand jury failed to return an indictment against the detective, a state investigation concluded that the prosecutor had "skewed" the evidence in favor of the police.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake contrasted her police department's peaceful handling of Occupy Baltimore protesters with the militarized response of police in Ferguson, Mo., where officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets into a crowd.  Rawlings-Blake, who has become a recurring guest on the program, appeared on a panel discussing the civil unrest sweeping in the country after police shot and killed 18-year-old...
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
When Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts appeared at a recent town hall, a woman stood to ask about police brutality, a touchy topic for both residents and officers. She said she worried for her young nephew, who was frequently stopped by police. Batts' 10-minute answer ranged from the personal to the practical. He talked about his upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, drawing laughs about the fried bologna sandwiches his family ate to survive. He explained why people must sit cross-legged on curbs for officer safety, but understood police interactions can be demeaning for those detained.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Two families who say they are linked through police brutality filed separate lawsuits against the Baltimore Police Department on Monday, alleging that two officers involved in an in-custody death should not have been on duty. Abdul Salaam, 36, says he was beaten in July 2013 after a traffic stop by Officers Nicholas Chapman and Jorge Bernardez-Ruiz and that he never got a response to his complaint filed with internal affairs. Those officers would be implicated less than three weeks later in the death of 44-year-old Tyrone West while he was in police custody.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
City officials agreed Wednesday to pay $50,000 to the family of a City College student whose teacher struck her in the face with a chair, breaking the girl's nose. The payment settles a $150,000 suit filed by a Baltimore man named Harry Singleton in 2013 on behalf of his daughter, who was a ninth-grader at the school in April of 2010 when she suffered the injury. The teacher was struggling the get the class' attention as he was returning report cards, city officials said. He began to bang a chair on the floor to get the class to pay attention, but it rebounded and struck a female student in the nose, the city said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Two Towson University students edged out 170 other teams to win a national debate championship held in Indiana this week, the second time in recent years a Towson team has netted national debate honors. Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, both from Baltimore, bested a team from the University of Oklahoma in the final round. Their argument likened police brutality, the prison-industrial complex and structural poverty issues to a warlike violence against African-Americans in the U.S. and identified solutions.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
City officials are set to consider $113,000 in payments to settle two lawsuits alleging police brutality, including a case in which a well-known 77-year-old barber's arm was broken during an arrest. Baltimore's Board of Estimates is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an award of $63,000 to Lenny Clay, the West Baltimore barber at Lenny's House of Naturals whose case sparked protests in 2009. The spending panel also has before it a $50,000 settlement with Anthony Keyes, 42, whom officers shocked with a Taser before arresting him on charges that were later dismissed.
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By Gregory Kane | August 13, 2000
WHAT WAS WRONG with this picture? It was early July. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People had just opened its annual convention in Baltimore. The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the opening address, railing against the prevalence of police brutality and announcing a protest march against the same on Aug. 26, less than two weeks from now. Also in attendance was African-American film director John Singleton, whose new movie "Shaft" had been released weeks earlier. According to one reporter, several convention attendees pined for Singleton's autograph.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | February 22, 1993
Reports of serious crimes dropped 2.2 percent in Howard County last year compared to 1991, while police brutality complaints plunged 77 percent, according to the Police Department's year-end crime report.Serious crimes include murder, rape, robbery and felony assault.County police investigated seven murders in 1992, compared to a record nine the year before."We have been fortunate," said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a police spokesman."We still have not seen the violence associated with the drug trade" although the county is sandwiched between Washington and Baltimore -- two cities with deadly drug violence, he said.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 25, 2013
"So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. " -- Martin Luther King Jr., Aug. 28, 1963 This is "tomorrow. " Meaning that unknowable future whose unknowable difficulties Martin Luther King invoked half a century ago when he told America about his dream. If you could somehow magically bring him here, that tomorrow would likely seem miraculous to him, faced as he was with a time when segregation, police brutality, employment discrimination and voter suppression were widely and openly practiced.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Friday the creation of a new unit to oversee internal affairs, audits and the writing of police procedures, a move he hopes will strengthen public confidence in his agency. Jeronimo "Jerry" Rodriguez, a 26-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran, was named deputy commissioner in charge of the new Bureau of Professional Standards. Rodriguez will report directly to Batts and joins Deputy Commissioner John Skinner at the top level of Batts' staff.
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