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August 11, 2010
Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy responded to the endorsement of Gregg Bernstein by Police Chief Frederick H. Bealefeld III by proclaiming that "we don't want a police state in Baltimore City. " Her accusation that the election of Bernstein, her opponent in the state's attorney's race, would turn Baltimore City into a police state is the most recent example of how low she will stoop in order to pander to the worst instincts of her constituency. Ms. Jessamy has won three prior elections by appealing to voters who distrust the police and has spent 15 years in office fanning the flames of that antipathy.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Baltimore bus driver Craig Ray was killed in retribution for calling police on a neighbor who wouldn't turn down her music late at night, a police report released Tuesday said. Ray, 34, was fatally shot early Feb. 24 at his girlfriend's home in the 2400 block of Wilgrey Court in Westport. His mother had said she had been told that he was killed after asking a neighbor to turn her music down so he could get some sleep before work. Baltimore police offered few specifics on the incident before Kevin Barnell Carroll, 34, was charged Sunday with eight criminal counts — including first-degree murder, assault and handgun charges in the homicide.
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February 11, 2013
The HCC Actors Guild will perform "The Pillowman" Feb. 22 and 23 and March 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 24 and March 3 at 3 p.m. at Harford Community College, Joppa Hall, Black Box Theatre. This dark comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town. The play received two Tony Awards and the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play.
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July 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - The crowd's signs range from the earnest - “Privacy IS security” to the humorous - “Sorry about all the porn, it was research.” The crowd is equally diverse, with everyone from members of the peacenik group Code Pink to a man waving a “don't tread on me” Marines flag. All are gathered for one purpose: To request that the United States government stop spying on them. Chants of “restore the 4th” were common an Independence Day rally in Washington's McPherson Square, a shout making reference to the Bill of Rights article barring unreasonable search and seizure.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | July 7, 1995
Susan Waters-Eller's drawings and paintings of "Modern Environments" (the title of her show at Towson State University) are almost totally unpeopled and eerily quiet, but they are as full of potential as most of them are empty of action. They let us know, without actually telling us, that they're about alienation and violence, the hurtling speed of life, rampant consumerism, trashing of the environment and police state terrorism.But in most cases in these pictures, nothing's happening; it's just about to. Waters-Eller's typical image lives in that ominous .. moment of fear-filled calm just before the worst arrives.
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By GREGORY KANE | February 22, 1997
If Maryland Attorney General Joe Curran wants a police state he should simply ask for it.On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court -- that eminent gaggle of cognitively challenged jurists -- ruled that when police stop a vehicle, they now have virtual carte blanche to order everyone out.The ruling gave police "unlimited authority" in traffic stops, wrote Sun Supreme Court reporter Lyle Denniston. It occurs to me that unlimited authority for police should occur only in police states. Or, as the good cop character Vargas tells the bad cop character Quinland in Orson Welles' brilliant film "Touch of Evil," "police work is only easy in a police state."
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July 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - The crowd's signs range from the earnest - “Privacy IS security” to the humorous - “Sorry about all the porn, it was research.” The crowd is equally diverse, with everyone from members of the peacenik group Code Pink to a man waving a “don't tread on me” Marines flag. All are gathered for one purpose: To request that the United States government stop spying on them. Chants of “restore the 4th” were common an Independence Day rally in Washington's McPherson Square, a shout making reference to the Bill of Rights article barring unreasonable search and seizure.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - The crowd's signs range from the earnest - “Privacy IS security” to the humorous - “Sorry about all the porn, it was research.” The crowd is equally diverse, with everyone from members of the peacenik group Code Pink to a man waving a “don't tread on me” Marines flag. All are gathered for one purpose: To request that the United States government stop spying on them. Chants of “restore the 4th” were common an Independence Day rally in Washington's McPherson Square, a shout making reference to the Bill of Rights article barring unreasonable search and seizure.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 5, 2011
They came, they saw, they danced and -- amazingly -- no one was arrested. No one was choked. No one was slammed to the ground or struck in the face.  Saturday at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C., protesters led by Russia Today show host Adam Kokesh (a former U.S. Marine and Iraq war vet) danced (rather poorly, I'll add) around the monument while police watched with no show of force. After letting the protesters dance for a significant amount of time, the officers closed the memorial and escorted protesters out peacefully -- without arrests or violence of any kind.
NEWS
May 30, 1991
Court is creating police stateJust what we needed! The Supreme Court has now doubled the time period during which a person can be detained by the police before the person must be taken before a magistrate for validation or rejection of the arrest and the fixing of bail. Even Justice Anthony Scalia issued a scathing dissent.It was not enough, I suppose, that the activist, right-wing majority on the court had already overturned decades of civil and individual rights rulings, including the gutting of our habeas corpus rights which were more or less the centerpiece of our Anglo-Saxon system of criminal jurisprudence and as old as the Magna Carta.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - The crowd's signs range from the earnest - “Privacy IS security” to the humorous - “Sorry about all the porn, it was research.” The crowd is equally diverse, with everyone from members of the peacenik group Code Pink to a man waving a “don't tread on me” Marines flag. All are gathered for one purpose: To request that the United States government stop spying on them. Chants of “restore the 4th” were common an Independence Day rally in Washington's McPherson Square, a shout making reference to the Bill of Rights article barring unreasonable search and seizure.
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February 11, 2013
The HCC Actors Guild will perform "The Pillowman" Feb. 22 and 23 and March 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 24 and March 3 at 3 p.m. at Harford Community College, Joppa Hall, Black Box Theatre. This dark comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town. The play received two Tony Awards and the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
A 45-year-old man doing contract work clearing trees after superstorm Sandy in a residential community in Annapolis was killed by a falling tree on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. The death is the second caused by a falling tree in Anne Arundel since Sandy entered the region. On Monday night, 74-year-old Donald C. Cannata, Sr. was killed in the kitchen of his Pasadena home after a tree smashed through the roof. In Annapolis, emergency crews first responded shortly before 1 p.m. to the 1600 block of Homewood Road for a report of an injured contractor, said Chief Michael Cox, a fire spokesman.
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By Peter Hermann | March 21, 2012
The head of the Fells Prospect Community Association, Victor Corbin, wrote me to add his voice to a chorus of complaints about St. Patrick's Daycelebrations. As we've reported, police wrongly allowed people to drink in O'Donnell Square in Canton, creating a mess akin to the Preakness infield. That has sparked a debate of civic responsibility versus police enforcement. The cops have stepped up and taken blame for failing to shut down the outdoor party, but also warned that we don't live in a police state, and it shouldn't be a cop's job to ensure societal norms are upheld each time we leave our houses.
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Marta H. Mossburg | December 20, 2011
Grandmothers being groped in airport security may make headlines, but many people take invasive tactics for granted as a tradeoff for safety. They shouldn't. We are increasingly living in a police state whose scope and technological complexity is redefining the meaning of Big Brother, while systematically violating Americans' right to due process under the law. Take the report last week in The Los Angeles Times on the widespread use of drones by local law enforcement agencies around the country.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 5, 2011
They came, they saw, they danced and -- amazingly -- no one was arrested. No one was choked. No one was slammed to the ground or struck in the face.  Saturday at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C., protesters led by Russia Today show host Adam Kokesh (a former U.S. Marine and Iraq war vet) danced (rather poorly, I'll add) around the monument while police watched with no show of force. After letting the protesters dance for a significant amount of time, the officers closed the memorial and escorted protesters out peacefully -- without arrests or violence of any kind.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | August 29, 2010
Anyone who has spent significant time observing the dockets in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City has noticed some changes over the years: The police officers don't know the prosecutors as well as they used to, and vice-versa; police officers and witnesses frequently fail to appear, and when that happens, cases are more often dropped or put on the inactive docket than they are postponed for another day. In the last 20 years of...
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By Peter Hermann | March 21, 2012
The head of the Fells Prospect Community Association, Victor Corbin, wrote me to add his voice to a chorus of complaints about St. Patrick's Daycelebrations. As we've reported, police wrongly allowed people to drink in O'Donnell Square in Canton, creating a mess akin to the Preakness infield. That has sparked a debate of civic responsibility versus police enforcement. The cops have stepped up and taken blame for failing to shut down the outdoor party, but also warned that we don't live in a police state, and it shouldn't be a cop's job to ensure societal norms are upheld each time we leave our houses.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2011
This, Maryland Transportation Authority police officers say, was the offer: If the union would ask state lawmakers to withdraw bills that would grant them collective bargaining rights, the agency would give take-home cars to officers. That was 2006. The bills were withdrawn and the authority approved a take-home car program, according to the legal documents in what has since become a courtroom dispute. But in 2007, with a new administration, officers say the agency reneged on the deal.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2010
Anne Arundel County police and state officials are investigating how two county officers checking on an elderly woman assumed she was dead when, in fact, she was not. "The initial facts in this case are deeply disturbing. I take this matter extremely serious and have ordered a thorough investigation of this incident," Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare Sr. said in a statement. Earlier this month, a Severna Park woman had called 911 because she hadn't seen her neighbor, Ruth Shillinglaw Johnson, 89, in five days.
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