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August 4, 2014
Your report of the trial of an off-duty police officer from New Jersey charged with the fatal shooting of a man in Maryland raises a couple of general questions ( "N.J. officer not guilty of murder in Arundel road rage shooting," July 30). Just what authority does an off-duty, out-of-state police officer have to exercise police powers - flashing his badge in a different state, for example? And since 911 operators have answers for just about any emergency, what would the 911 operator's response be to an out-of-jurisdiction, off-duty sheriff or police officer's call saying he was holding someone at gunpoint?
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
The sharp reduction in violent crime that occurred on Martin O'Malley's watch as mayor of Baltimore is a central theme of the speech he gives as he travels the country and lays the groundwork for a presidential campaign. But ongoing criticism from the city's current mayor could focus attention on an aspect of O'Malley's crime-fighting record he never mentions in New Hampshire or Iowa: A soaring arrest rate during his tenure in Baltimore that angered civil rights groups and locked the city into a yearslong legal dispute.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2011
A 52-year-old South Baltimore man, who was shot by police after pointing a pellet gun at officers, died from his injuries, officials said. Anthony Guglielmi, the police department's chief spokesman, said officers were called to the 3600 block of St. Victor Street before 9 p.m. for a report of an armed person. When they got there, the man, who was holding what turned out to be a pellet gun, refused to drop the weapon and was shot when he turned toward the officers. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.
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By Mark Puente and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Although Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review allegations of brutality in the Police Department, some civic leaders called Thursday for a more far-reaching — and hard-hitting — federal investigation. Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the NAACP's Baltimore branch, said the police force needs more than the "collaborative review" that city and federal leaders have agreed upon. If city leaders care about improving the department's relationship with residents, the probe "should be a civil rights investigation," she said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
A man was shot and wounded by a Baltimore Police officer in West Baltimore Tuesday morning. Lt. Col. Garnell Green, the commander of the homicide section, said police were called to the 1200 block of Oakhurst Place, in the Southwestern Police district, at about 9 a.m. for a report of a “man suffering from a mental illness armed with a weapon.” Green said the officer discharged his weapon, but the victim's injuries were initially unclear....
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2011
An independent commission reviewing January's fatal police shooting outside the Select Lounge found that supervisors failed to take control of a chaotic scene, with Officer William H. Torbit Jr. making a series of missteps that exacerbated the situation and contributed to his own death. Those conclusions were among 33 sweeping recommendations made by the panel, appointed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to examine the circumstances surrounding a shooting that left two dead and four wounded - the Baltimore Police Department's first incident of on-duty, fatal friendly fire in 80 years.
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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 Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Police reports and 911 calls released by the Annapolis Police Department depict a dark, frightening scene on Copeland Street on Tuesday, as a man reportedly stabbed a woman to death and was, in turn, shot dead by police shortly after midnight. Police identified the man as William Ranaldo Brown Jr., 31, who had had a relationship with the woman, Ronnesha Simms, 29. "He will not get off of her. He won't get off of her. He will not get off of her," a calm but frightened woman told a police dispatcher at 12:22 a.m. When asked to keep an eye on the suspect in case he left, the caller replied: "I don't want to look out the window no more.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2011
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has selected a panel of law enforcement experts, including two respected former police chiefs and a former U.S. attorney for Maryland, to review last month's police shooting outside a Baltimore club that killed a veteran officer and a 22-year-old man. Officials say the independent review board will issue a comprehensive report on the circumstances that led to the agency's first fatal police-on-police shooting in...
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2011
The Baltimore Police Department on Wednesday released surveillance camera footage of the January police shooting outside a downtown club that killed two people, including a plainclothes officer. The video shows that the incident lasted mere seconds. The fracas appears to begin with a man throwing a punch, and within about eight seconds a crowd is seen dispersing in different directions from the Select Lounge parking lot. A young woman lies on the ground, struck by an errant bullet, while a man stumbles and falls to the ground and crawls behind a car. The camera pans away as an officer fires several shots — with puffs of smoke from the bullets hitting the ground — then pans back to reveal Officer William H. Torbit Jr. lying on the ground.
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Luke Broadwater, Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A U.S. Department of Justice official promised Wednesday that his agency's months-long investigation of police brutality in Baltimore would be a "candid" assessment, and federal lawmakers threw their support behind the probe. Ronald L. Davis, director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, said he met with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts in Arkansas on Wednesday at a U.S. Conference of Mayors event focused on police misconduct.
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September 4, 2014
Regarding a reader's question about why police officers shoot to kill, Baltimore City police and most other departments train there officers to shoot at the target's center of mass, which is the largest part of the body and where the bullet has the most stopping power ( "Why do police always shoot to kill?" Aug. 29). Shooting at the center of mass does not always result in the suspect being killed. Officers assigned to specialized units such as SWAT teams and given additional firearms training may attempt to shoot a suspect in the leg or arm. However, these units are usually the last ones on the scene and most police involved shootings are over in a matter of minutes.
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August 29, 2014
Can anyone explain why police officers responding to a situation must shoot to kill when confronted by someone who makes threatening gestures with a knife ("Ellicott City man believed to be suicidal is shot and killed by police," Aug. 23)? Two such confrontations are covered in the article, and such killings have made the news for years. Granted, police must protect themselves and others in danger. But have they no option other than shooting to kill? If a person is not wielding a gun, why not target an arm, leg or shoulder to incapacitate rather than kill a suspect?
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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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Carrie Wells | August 19, 2014
"Hands up, don't shoot" has become one of the primary rallying cries for those in Ferguson, Mo., protesting the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last week. The slogan has now spread to Baltimore, with a two part mural on the boarded-up back of a liquor store at the corner of East Preston Street and Greenmount Avenue. "Hands up" is on one level of the building, while a shadowy figure with arms raised is on a lower level. Baltimore has a significant street art scene, but it was not immediately apparent which artist was responsible for the work.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
As hundreds walked through Baltimore on Thursday to protest a police shooting in Missouri, uniformed officers were recording their every move. The decision by the Baltimore Police Department to record the march raised questions about how the tapes would be used and why authorities had chosen to record the event. Participants said they saw as many as a dozen officers shadowing the crowds and filming them, almost like a documentary crew, as the protesters walked to the Inner Harbor or spoke with officers.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
The brother of the man accused of shooting off-duty Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Mcneill was ordered to be held in custody on a federal drug charge after a brief hearing Monday. Federal authorities have confirmed that Lamont G. Thomas spoke to city police as officers hunted for his brother Gregg Thomas earlier this month, but have not said whether there is a connection between the two cases. Mcneill remains in critical condition with injuries from the March 14 shooting. After watching the federal court hearing, Gilbert Thomas, the two men's father, said his sons had done nothing wrong.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
The two police retirees remember the shooting as if it was yesterday. The chill in the air. The call that came in as a hostage situation. The nickel plating on the gun they wished the man had never drawn. The suspect missed, but the officers didn't. Three decades passed and Lawrence "Larry" Knott and Robert Menas often thought back to the only moment they ever fired their service weapons as Baltimore police officers. "The whole thing was like three seconds," Menas recalled. "Boom.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Hundreds of demonstrators streamed into the Inner Harbor on Thursday evening to protest police misconduct and brutality and stand in solidarity with residents of Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal police shooting of an 18-year-old has sparked days of civil unrest. The rally began as dozens of people gathered outside the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse, then walked southeast to city police headquarters to decry the deaths of men in the custody of Baltimore police or after police interactions.
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August 4, 2014
Your report of the trial of an off-duty police officer from New Jersey charged with the fatal shooting of a man in Maryland raises a couple of general questions ( "N.J. officer not guilty of murder in Arundel road rage shooting," July 30). Just what authority does an off-duty, out-of-state police officer have to exercise police powers - flashing his badge in a different state, for example? And since 911 operators have answers for just about any emergency, what would the 911 operator's response be to an out-of-jurisdiction, off-duty sheriff or police officer's call saying he was holding someone at gunpoint?
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