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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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By Ann E. Marimow | October 16, 2012
The encounter between police officers and a University of Maryland student after a basketball game in 2010 lasted only 10 seconds, but how a jury interprets those moments, captured on video, will determine the fate of two veteran Prince George's County police officers on trial this week. The officers, Reginald Baker and James J. Harrison, are charged with first-degree assault and misconduct in office. Prosecutor Joseph Ruddy opened the government's case against them Monday by slamming his palm against a wooden railing in a Prince George's County Circuit courtroom, eliciting a loud thwack.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
Within an hour after an East Baltimore man died while in police custody, Cortly "C.D. " Witherspoon got an urgent phone call from someone with connections to the family, asking for his help. The next day, Witherspoon, a 30-year-old clergyman and single father, walked the streets conducting what he calls a "community investigation. " Though police said Anthony Anderson had died from choking on drugs, people who said they saw the arrest described an assault. Anderson's death has since been ruled a homicide, and Witherspoon and his bullhorn have been at the center of rallies calling attention to the issue.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
The city's new police commissioner brought his top brass on Wednesday night to meet with the family of Anthony Anderson, the 46-year-old man whose death in police custody last week has raised tensions in East Baltimore , the family's attorney confirmed. J. Wyndal Gordon, an attorney who is representing Anderson's family, said that Anthony W. Batts and members of his command staff visited the Andersons "to extend his condolences. " "We repeated our desire for justice in this case, and got a commitment from him that he will do what he can to ensure justice is served," Gordon said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
In a filthy East Baltimore lot used as a shortcut and as a place to buy heroin, community leaders and relatives of a man who died in police custody railed against the police Tuesday and called for justice in the case. Anthony Anderson, 46, died in this lot Friday night during a routine drug arrest. Police say the circumstances remain under investigation, but people who say they witnessed his death — including his family members — believe he died from injuries sustained while being arrested.
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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 Jonathan Bor | March 24, 1991
The videotaped images of Los Angeles policemen taking turns clubbing and kicking a lone suspect with apparent abandon suggest for Dr. James McGee the animal instincts that surface when humans acting in groups get swept into a frenzy."
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
Two activists who entered Baltimore City Hall on Monday afternoon and demanded to speak with the mayor about a wide range of issues affecting city residents were later arrested for trespassing and escorted out of the building in handcuffs. They never met with the mayor. The Rev. Cortly "C.D. " Witherspoon, of the Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Sharon Black, of the Baltimore People's Assembly, had wanted to deliver a letter to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that demanded an "emergency meeting" to discuss police brutality, the closing of recreation centers and fire companies, and the creation of more city jobs programs, according to the letter.
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By Luke Broadwater and Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2011
At a time when City Hall is girding for another round of budget battles, spending on lawsuits filed against the Police Department is coming under increased scrutiny. The city's budget office revealed at an investigative hearing Tuesday that it has spent $10.4 million over the past three years — an average of about $3.5 million annually — defending the Baltimore Police Department against lawsuits. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke called for the hearing over what she called an "especially troubling" trend of the Police Department paying out millions over brutality claims while other parts of the budget, such as recreation centers, suffer cuts.
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