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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Sun Staff Writer | July 10, 1994
Jesse Chapman, whose death in the back of a Baltimore police van a week ago touched off days of community protest, was buried yesterday, remembered as a man with a great laugh who tried to work through his problems.His death -- some witnesses say he was beaten by police -- continued to occupy city officials, too.An aide to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said yesterday the mayor plans to meet with West Baltimore leaders in an effort to ease tensions between residents and Western District police officers.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Two Baltimore Police officers and a young police explorer were injured near an M&T Bank Stadium parking lot on Thursday night when the police van they were in was struck head on by an oncoming vehicle, police said. The collision occurred about 10 p.m. at the intersection of West Ostend and Warner streets, at the south end of the Ravens football stadium, police said. The driver of the oncoming vehicle was also treated for minor injuries, police said. Both officers and the explorer - a participant in a departmental education program for youth aged 14 to 20 - were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with what were believed late Thursday to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Two Baltimore Police officers and a young police explorer were injured near an M&T Bank Stadium parking lot on Thursday night when the police van they were in was struck head on by an oncoming vehicle, police said. The collision occurred about 10 p.m. at the intersection of West Ostend and Warner streets, at the south end of the Ravens football stadium, police said. The driver of the oncoming vehicle was also treated for minor injuries, police said. Both officers and the explorer - a participant in a departmental education program for youth aged 14 to 20 - were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with what were believed late Thursday to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
UPDATE, 1:20 PM: Police now say they expect to release the names of the officers involved in the arrest of Anthony Anderson. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the "department's naming policy applies now that the death has been ruled a homicide," but says that police first want to look into a threat against the officers. "If the threats are cleared, I anticipate they will be named," Guglielmi said. "The officer safety concerns are real. " Baltimore Police have shot 13 people this year - killing eight - during the course of their official duties, and, if history is a guide, most if not all will be deemed justified because the officers were reasonably in fear of their life.  In all 13 cases, police have identified the officers involved as a matter of transparency.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1997
A Baltimore man who was critically injured in the back of a police van after a traffic stop has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the arresting officer and the city Police Department claiming negligence and use of excessive force.Jeffrey Adrian Alston, 32, of the 2500 block of N. Hollins St. has been in Sinai Hospital since the incident Nov. 3. Police had arrested Alston on suspicion of drunken driving.In the lawsuit, filed Friday in Baltimore Circuit Court, Alston alleges that he was beaten and thrown into the back of the police van, causing him to hit his head on an interior wall.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2011
Defense attorneys for a pair of city police officers accused of kidnapping two West Baltimore teenagers nearly two years ago contended Wednesday that the boys concocted the story to avoid being branded neighborhood "snitches. " That version of the incident — that officers Milton G. Smith III, Tyrone S. Francis and Gregory Hellen were simply gathering sensitive information from residents on violent offenders and high-level drug dealers as part of the elite Violent Crimes Impact Division — differed greatly from the one offered by Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein, who said the officers took the teens because the officers believed themselves "above the law they swore to honor and uphold.
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By From Staff Reports | December 14, 1992
Trespassing suspect escapes during transferA man arrested while allegedly trying to break into his mother's Anne Arundel County home in search of a gun escaped from a prisoner transport officer early yesterday outside the office of the court commissioner in Glen Burnie.Mark Hugh Davis, 36, got away when the officer from the Wackenhut Security Services company was handcuffing another prisoner, police said.County police said officers arrested Mr. Davis Saturday night at his mother's home in the 100 block of Olan Drive in Glen Burnie.
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By Jessica Anderson | April 8, 2010
Three Baltimore police officers were ordered to pay $7.4 million to the family of a man who was arrested after urinating on a public street and died two weeks later in the hospital from injuries he suffered riding in a police van. Dondi Johnson Sr., 43, was arrested in November 2005 by officers Sendy Ferdinand and Michael Riser and transported in a police van by Officer Nicole Leake. Johnson complained about pain while in the van, and officers took him to Sinai Hospital, where he died two weeks later of a fractured spine, according to the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his family, which sought $100 million.
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By Jessica Anderson | jkanderson@baltsun.com | April 7, 2010
Three Baltimore City police officers were ordered to pay $7.4 million to the family of a man who was arrested for urinating on a public street and died two weeks later in the hospital from injuries sustained riding in a police van. Dondi Johnson Sr., 43, had been arrested in November 2005 by officers Sendy Ferdinand and Michael Riser and transported in a police van by officer Nicole Leake. Johnson complained about being in pain in the van and officers took him to Sinai Hospital, where he died two weeks later of a fractured spine, according to the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his family, which sought $100 million.
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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 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 Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2011
Defense attorneys for a pair of city police officers accused of kidnapping two West Baltimore teenagers nearly two years ago contended Wednesday that the boys concocted the story to avoid being branded neighborhood "snitches. " That version of the incident — that officers Milton G. Smith III, Tyrone S. Francis and Gregory Hellen were simply gathering sensitive information from residents on violent offenders and high-level drug dealers as part of the elite Violent Crimes Impact Division — differed greatly from the one offered by Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein, who said the officers took the teens because the officers believed themselves "above the law they swore to honor and uphold.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2010
The family of a man who died three years ago while being chased by Baltimore police officers claims the cops forced him off a fence and sent him plummeting onto the highway below, where he was run over by a car. Then, the surviving relatives contend, the officers laughed. The owner of a South Baltimore used-car lot says city police towed his cars without a warrant. A female officer says she was discriminated against when male supervisors denied her request to work a second job. A man sought $50 million after he was arrested on charges of drinking in public and urinating in an alley, claiming white officers singled him out because he was black.
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By Jessica Anderson | April 8, 2010
Three Baltimore police officers were ordered to pay $7.4 million to the family of a man who was arrested after urinating on a public street and died two weeks later in the hospital from injuries he suffered riding in a police van. Dondi Johnson Sr., 43, was arrested in November 2005 by officers Sendy Ferdinand and Michael Riser and transported in a police van by Officer Nicole Leake. Johnson complained about pain while in the van, and officers took him to Sinai Hospital, where he died two weeks later of a fractured spine, according to the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his family, which sought $100 million.
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By Jessica Anderson | jkanderson@baltsun.com | April 7, 2010
Three Baltimore City police officers were ordered to pay $7.4 million to the family of a man who was arrested for urinating on a public street and died two weeks later in the hospital from injuries sustained riding in a police van. Dondi Johnson Sr., 43, had been arrested in November 2005 by officers Sendy Ferdinand and Michael Riser and transported in a police van by officer Nicole Leake. Johnson complained about being in pain in the van and officers took him to Sinai Hospital, where he died two weeks later of a fractured spine, according to the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his family, which sought $100 million.
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By Jessica Anderson | March 26, 2010
A $100 million civil trial opened Thursday with attorneys contending that Baltimore police officers purposely drove erratically while transporting a suspect, leading to the man's death. Dondi Johnson Sr., 43, had been arrested in November 2005 by officers Sendy Ferdinand and Michael Riser on a charge that he urinated at Pimlico Road and Loyola Southway. Officer Nicole Leake testified that she picked up Johnson in a police van. Johnson died Dec. 7, 2005, of a fractured spine, according to the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his family against the three officers.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2004
The city's Board of Estimates approved paying $6 million yesterday to a man paralyzed during a 1997 arrest by Baltimore police, but not before City Council President Sheila Dixon raised questions about why the officers involved in the incident were never disciplined. "It's my understanding that nothing happened to these officers," Dixon said. "It sends a message that police officers can do what they want to do." The three officers involved in the Nov. 3, 1997, traffic stop of Jeffrey Adrian Alston are still employed by the Police Department and have never faced criminal or administrative charges.
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By Jessica Anderson | March 26, 2010
A $100 million civil trial opened Thursday with attorneys contending that Baltimore police officers purposely drove erratically while transporting a suspect, leading to the man's death. Dondi Johnson Sr., 43, had been arrested in November 2005 by officers Sendy Ferdinand and Michael Riser on a charge that he urinated at Pimlico Road and Loyola Southway. Officer Nicole Leake testified that she picked up Johnson in a police van. Johnson died Dec. 7, 2005, of a fractured spine, according to the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his family against the three officers.
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November 23, 2008
Police charge woman after officer is dragged for 200 yards A 26-year-old woman who police say slipped out of handcuffs, stole a Baltimore police van and dragged a Baltimore detective for 200 yards when he tried to stop her has been charged with assaulting the officer, prostitution and car theft, according to charging documents. Police say Empriss Ross, who is homeless, agreed to give an undercover detective oral sex for $20 to $30 about noon Friday in the 400 block of S. Stricker St. The detective then drove Ross to a pre-arranged site where two other detectives were waiting to arrest her. Ross was then searched, cuffed and placed inside a white Dodge police van, charging documents stated.
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