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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
Shootings in elementary schools. Violent flash mobs in malls. Robberies, home invasions, muggings. With such crimes reported around the United States, and the media giving them around-the-clock attention, it's no wonder ordinary Americans are feeling more vulnerable than ever. So says Anne Arundel County Councilman Derek Fink, a Pasadena Republican who introduced a bill this month that would allow county residents to carry Tasers and stun guns as a way of defending themselves.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
Moving quickly to quell resident concerns about police actions during the arrest of four at Gilmor Homes on Wednesday, a top Baltimore police commander walked the housing project and assigned investigators to look into the case. Residents of the West Baltimore development said city police acted aggressively when arresting people who had flocked to intervene in a struggle between a man and officers. Some said an officer used a Taser on a woman holding a young child. Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said he personally viewed city surveillance camera footage of the incident and disputed the witness accounts, saying the woman had handed off the child before she was struck with the Taser.
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May 20, 2014
We still don't know all the circumstances surrounding the death of George V. King, a 19-year-old patient at Baltimore's Good Samaritan Hospital who went into a coma after being struck with an officer's Taser during a struggle with police and security staff May 6 and died a week later. But a report that one of the officers used his Taser five times to subdue the teen should raise serious questions about the appropriateness of the police use of force against an unarmed person who was heavily medicated.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
A group including a legislator, a civil rights organization and two attorneys called for a moratorium on Baltimore police Taser use after a 19-year-old's death at a city hospital. George V. King, a Charles County foster youth living in a Baltimore residential facility, was a patient at Good Samaritan Hospital on May 7 when he began fighting with hospital security staff. The hospital called city police officers for assistance and one officer used his Taser five times to subdue the man, according to the King family attorney and a law enforcement source.
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By Andrea F. Siegel | June 20, 2007
Four days after being issued Tasers, Anne Arundel County police made their first move to use the stun gun, but their target surrendered once he realized he was about to be jolted, police said yesterday. Officers called to the 7500 block of Moraine Drive in Hanover at 5:55 p.m. June 5 found a man, suspected of having psychiatric problems, wielding a knife, police said. Told that the man had threatened to harm himself or others if approached, officers said they would use the Taser on him if he did not drop the knife, police said.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2011
Two young men were robbed by a group of four in Laurel Saturday night, and one of the victims may have been stunned by an electronic device similar to a Taser, Anne Arundel County police reported. Police said they responded about 11 p.m. to a report that two men, aged 18 and 20, had been robbed near Marcey Creek Road and Russett Green West. The victims told police they had stopped their car in the area because they were having mechanical trouble and decided to look at the engine.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2012
Baltimore County Police on Sunday identifed the man an officer shot and killed a man who they said wielded a knife at an officer and couldn't be stopped with a Taser.  Authorities said Gregory Stegall, 36, took out a knife when an officer approached him behind a gas station near Catonsville at about 3:30 am Sunday. Police said Stegall had looked suspicious and refused to come out from the building, which was near Edmondson Avenue and North Bend Road. They said the officer shot Stegall a single time after he did not heed requests to drop the knife, an effort to shock him with a Taser failed and Stegall continued to advance while pointing the knife at the officer.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
A Middle River family who alleges a Baltimore County officer used excessive force with a Taser has a second chance in court after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday partially reversed an earlier decision to throw out their federal suit. Ryan Meyers' family sued after the 40-year-old died when Baltimore County police responded to his home for a domestic violence call in 2007. Three officers entered the home and one tasered Meyers 10 times because police said he refused to listen to the officers and drop a baseball bat. But Meyers' family said he fell to the ground and was no longer resisting arrest when the officer continued to taser him unnecessarily.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
A Baltimore County police officer did not use excessive force by using a Taser 10 times on a man who died during an attempted 2007 arrest, a federal jury found this month. Ryan Meyers' family sued police over the incident, in which three Baltimore County police were called to his Middle River home for a domestic dispute. Police said Meyers, 40, refused to listen to the officers and did not drop a baseball bat, but the family said one of the officers continued to use the Taser on him even after he fell to the ground and no longer resisted arrest.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
A man who said a Baltimore police officer strip-searched him on a public street and used a Taser on him twice while he was in handcuffs has agreed to settle a civil suit he filed against the city and is being offered $95,000. The settlement awaits approval by the Board of Estimates, the city's spending panel, which scheduled the item for Wednesday. The amount is listed in court records and on the Board of Estimates' agenda. Donte T. Harris sued Officer Babatunda Orlsadelle after he was arrested in April 2007 while walking to a store on Woodbine Avenue in West Baltimore.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said he wants police supervisors to evaluate whether to send officers to emergency calls at hospitals and mental health facilities, a move that brought concern from a major hospital system and the Maryland Hospital Association. Batts said the "moratorium" comes in response to an incident this month when officers were called to Good Samaritan Hospital and used a Taser on a teenage patient who later died. Eight to 10 hospital staff had been trying to restrain 19-year-old George V. King when an officer used a Taser on King five times, including four stuns applied directly to his body, according to an account from a law enforcement source.
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May 20, 2014
We still don't know all the circumstances surrounding the death of George V. King, a 19-year-old patient at Baltimore's Good Samaritan Hospital who went into a coma after being struck with an officer's Taser during a struggle with police and security staff May 6 and died a week later. But a report that one of the officers used his Taser five times to subdue the teen should raise serious questions about the appropriateness of the police use of force against an unarmed person who was heavily medicated.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
A city police officer used his Taser five times to subdue a heavily medicated 19-year-old man who was fighting staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and later died, according to his family's attorney and an account from a law enforcement source. State social services officials identified the teen Monday as George V. King, a Charles County foster youth living in a Baltimore residential facility. King was in a coma for a week after the altercation, then died May 14. Police disclosed the incident a day later, saying they had opened a criminal and administrative investigation.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Sedation may have played a factor in the death of a 19-year-old hospital patient who was stunned by police during an altercation, a city council member said Friday. The teen died Thursday after falling into a coma after a May 7 altercation with Good Samaritan Hospital security guards and police, in which a city officer used a Taser. Police are investigating the man's death to determine whether police action was responsible. City Councilman Robert Curran, who represents the district where the teen died, said drugs the patient was given may have played a role in his death.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Baltimore police said Thursday they are investigating the death of a 19-year-old hospital patient who went into a coma after being struck with an officer's Taser during a struggle with police and security staff at Good Samaritan Hospital last week. Officials said the teen, who was identified only as a "ward of the state," had been taken to the hospital for medical treatment the morning of May 6. The next day about 5:30 p.m., police said, officers were called to the hospital in the 5600 block of Loch Raven Blvd.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Baltimore County police identified a man who was shot by officers in Windsor Mill on Sunday after he allegedly assaulted a woman and attempted to run officers down with his car. Police charged 29-year-old Elisha Rayfield Pridgeon with attempted first-degree murder and related charges in the confrontation early Sunday. Officers who were called to the 3700 block of Old Milford Mill Road on a report of a man assaulting a woman used Tasers and batons to subdue Pridgeon, but said they didn't work.
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By JEFF FRITZE | May 29, 2007
An man died Saturday after police in Prince George's County used a Taser to subdue him, police officials said yesterday. Seat Pleasant and Fairmount Heights police were called to the 6800 block of Greig St. east of Fairmount Heights about 3:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a fight between a man and a woman. Prince George's County police were called to help transport the man, said spokeswoman Cpl. Debbie Carlson. When the man became combative, police used a Taser to subdue him and he died at Prince George's County Hospital Center in Cheverly about an hour later, Carlson said.
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August 22, 2007
Baltimore police have released the identity of a suspect who died after he was incapacitated with a Taser during an incident in West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood early Saturday morning. Police said Thomas Campbell, 50, of the 1000 block of McAleer Court was pronounced dead at Bon Secours Hospital shortly after he was subdued with a Taser, a device that delivers a 50,000-volt shock. Officers apprehended Campbell after receiving a report that a man was running amok in the 1000 block of N. Payson St. Police say they have used Tasers 14 times this year, and Campbell is the third fatality.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
Baltimore County Police shot a suspect early Sunday morning after officers said the man attempted to strike them with a vehicle as he tried to escape. About 6 a.m., Baltimore County Police received a report of a woman screaming in the 3700 block of Old Milford Mill Road in Windsor Mill. Police said a man was attempting to attack the woman who was walking nearby. Armed with a knife, the man refused to comply with the officers' commands to put down the weapon, police said. Police officers used Tasers, pepper spray and ASP batons in an attempt to subdue the man and take him into custody.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 26, 2013
An Edgewood man was arrested last Friday after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. Brent Moyd-Kane, 26, of the 1800 block of Edgewater Drive, is charged with first- and second-degree assault and resisting arrest in connection with the incident. Harford County Sheriff's deputies were called to his home last Friday and found Moyd-Kane's girlfriend lying by the door, crying. She told police she had jumped off the balcony of her apartment because she didn't know who was coming inside.
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