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Baltimore City Police Insight

           The Baltimore Police Department has experienced some negative publicity in recent years due to several high profile, corruption, and brutality allegations, including the 2005 arrest of Officers William A. King and Antonio L. Murray by the FBI on federal drug conspiracy charges. But there are some things that should be mentioned about The Baltimore Police; the department has more than 3300 members, it is full of guys and gals that risk their lives every day to make sure those they swore to protect, are protected. All it takes is a single phone call to 911, or even 311 and they will do everything in their power to get to that call... more importantly, to get to you. If when they get there, you are being held at gunpoint, they will risk their own lives to get you out of that situation alive, and uninjured. If your home is on fire, and the Fire Department is in route, the police will often enter your home (risking their lives) to help get you, and your family out. So while there has been negative publicity, the number of officers involved in those types of incidents are small in number when compared to the number of police that leave their homes every day, ready to lay down their lives to protect yours.

Take a look at the number of “bad cops” on this page, and the number of “good police” on this page, then take a look at the number of “injured, and or the fallen” police, and ask yourself, would a bad cop, become crippled to help you, would a bad cop give his life to help you, the answer is, "Of course not!" So yes, there were a few bad cops, and due to recent news it seems there are a lot of bad cops, but compared to the number of police in the department (3300), the percentage of those that are bad, is far less than 1%. There are bad people everywhere, Teachers, Postal Workers, Politicians, even in the Clergy. But to think all Teachers, all Postal Workers, all Politicians, all Clergy, or all Police are bad, that is just a wrong way of thinking, a prejudice way of thinking, and I think the pages on this site will go a long way to show our police are not bad, and that our police are basically good hard working police that want to help our citizens. In small agencies were corruption is often found, it happens because other police in those agencies allow it, in Baltimore Police however they do not allow that kind of behavior, we are a big department, but still small enough to see what's going on, and here police still, “police each other”. But what about the “Thin Blue Line” that everyone hears so much of… Well first let’s talk about what a, "Thin Blue Line" really is, and then we’ll explain why in Baltimore, police will be quick to report other officers doing wrong. First, the Thin Blue Line, the Thin Blue Line, is a line of Police that stand between the, "innocent minded", to protect them from the, "criminal minded".

From Wikipedia

 The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement, it originated in the United Kingdom but is now more prevalent in theUnited States, and Canada to commemorate fallen officers, and to symbolize the relationship of the police and the community as the protectors of the citizenry from the criminal element. It is an analogy to the term Thin Red Line. Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public whilst the bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) is all stands between the violence and victimization by criminals of the would-be victims of crime.

Now the reasons police in Baltimore are quick to report a dirty cop, first, it comes down to safety; who would want a dirty cop as a “back-up”, how much can anyone rely on, or trust a dirty cop… and when your life is on the line, on a dangerous call, a dirty cop would be the last person you would want backing you up. Like anyone when it comes police we want an honest officer as our partner, a partner we can be proud to serve alongside, a partner that while we are risking our lives to protect yours, we know is risking their lives to protect ours. Ask anyone that has ever been in battle, when bullets are coming your way, or the fight is on, you are too busy protecting your partner to be scared, and you assume, your partner is doing the same for you. If your partner is unreliable for any reason, you don't feel safe. This is why good police, hate bad cops, more than the public hates bad cops, and as such we are quick to turn them. Also, if we were to work with a dirty cop, people will think we were dirty, and no good police want to be associated with a bad cop. So taking down a dirty cop is the best case an officer can make, it protects us from a criminal within our group; from someone that may have infiltrated our family.

On this page, we will try to show both sides of a story, and we’re always ready to hear your thoughts. But as police, we work with evidence, not a rumor, or speculation. We go by truth, and not animosity toward police, or any other group. There have been cases we’ve worked where information from the street, pointed to one person, but the evidence doesn’t follow the rumor, so as much as we may have liked the suspect for the crime, the second they are cleared by the evidence, they are cleared by us; the public has to do the same with some of these police cases. to quote Johnny Cochran, "If the evidence doesn't fit, you must acquit" and that is how good police work, it is how you should work, once the evidence doesn't match up with the information coming in from the street, we have considered it impossible, and if it is impossible, then the person has to be cleared. The thing with police other than possibly interviewing, we don't arrest until we have a case, so often we don't treat anyone like a criminal, or even confront them until we have information, and can charge them, and then we arrest them on a warrant. Good police doing the job right deserve the same treatment, don't treat them as criminals/bad cops, until you know for sure they are dirty, then take your information to the department's Internal Investigations (there is little they like more than arresting bad cops).

In the old days they called it profiling, to find a car with tinted windows, fancy rims, that looked like cars often driven by drug traffickers, and to stop them based on appearance alone, it is lazy police work, and to say an officer is dirty simply because he or she is wearing a badge, no better than the lazy, dirty cops we all despise. It is lazy and non-productive… to be productive, we need to let an officer do his job, don’t bait him or her by giving them a hard time. If these were drug stings or a vice cases; it would be entrapment, what we need to do is cooperate with the officer, and see where they take it. Let them cross the line first, even then, stay calm don’t give them an excuse, to turn "nothing", into something it was not. With this method of full cooperation, we will see who the good police are, and who the bad police are. But this is something that needs cooperation between good police, and good citizens. To go up to anyone, even the best person on earth in an aggressive manner, they will be put on the defensive.

This page will try to post the stories as they come up, both good and bad. If you have a story feel free to send it to us. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Some information on this page is of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - some of this information was updated by us because we feel the only way to share the history of this department is to give the good and the bad. 


Baltimore police officer suspended with pay after viral video shows him punching, tackling the man

A Baltimore police officer was suspended with pay by the department Saturday after a viral video emerged showing him repeatedly punching a man in the face before taking him to the ground.

UPDATE: Baltimore officer from viral beating video resigns, police confirm »

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said he was “deeply disturbed” by the video, and that the incident is under investigation.

“The officer involved has been suspended while we investigate the totality of this incident,” Tuggle said. “Part of our investigation will be reviewing body worn camera footage.”

Police said a second officer on the scene at the time of the incident was placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

Attorney Warren Brown, who is representing the man who was punched, identified his client as Dashawn McGrier, 26. Brown said McGrier was not being charged with a crime, but was taken to a hospital and was having X-rays taken of his jaw, nose, and ribs late Saturday for suspected fractures from the altercation.

Brown said McGrier had a previous run-in with the same police officer — whom he identified as Officer Arthur Williams — in June that resulted in McGrier being charged with assaulting the officer, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, and resisting arrest. Brown said that in that incident and in the one Saturday, McGrier was targeted without justification by the officer.

“It seems like this officer had just decided that Dashawn was going to be his punching bag,” Brown said. “And this was a brutal attack that was degrading and demeaning to my client, to that community, and to the police department.”

Williams could not be reached for comment.

Tuggle did not identify the officer or the man who was punched, but the department said the officer has been on the force for just over a year.

At Williams’ graduation from the police academy last year, he received awards for top performance, including for high marks in "defense tactics, physical training, and emergency vehicle operations,” for his "academic achievement, professional attitude, appearance, ability to supervise,” and for his "tireless and unwavering dedication" and "outstanding leadership ability,” according to a video of the graduation ceremony.

The police department said the incident Saturday began after two officers stopped McGrier, let him go, then approached him again to give him a citizen contact sheet.

“When he was asked for his identification, the situation escalated when he refused,” the department said. “The police officer then struck the man several times.”

Brown said McGrier was sitting on steps when Williams passed by in his vehicle, then moments later was walking down the street when the officer, now on foot, told him to stop without giving him a reason.

“My client was saying, ‘What is this all about? You don’t even have probable cause,’ ” Brown said. That’s when Williams began shoving McGrier, Brown said.

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Tuggle asked anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the Office of Professional Responsibility at 410-396-2300.

“While I have an expectation that officers are out of their cars, on foot, and engaging citizens, I expect that it will be done professionally and constitutionally,” he said. “I have zero tolerance for behavior like I witnessed on the video today. Officers have a responsibility and duty to control their emotions in the most stressful of situations.”

The incident occurred Saturday outside Q’s Bar and Liquors in the 2600 block of E. Monument St. in East Baltimore.

The video shows the officer pushing McGrier against a wall, with his hand on McGrier’s chest, and then McGrier pushing the officer’s hand off his chest. It is then that the officer starts swinging.

The officer throws repeated punches, shoves McGrier onto rowhouse steps and continues beating him until McGrier lands on the pavement. McGrier appears to be bleeding when he gets to the ground.

McGrier appears to try to deflect some of the officer’s punches but does not punch back.

A second officer, who the department did not identify, briefly places his hand on McGrier’s arm as McGrier tries to avoid the blows but does not appear to try to stop the first officer from throwing punches.

Police pleaded with the man to drop the knife before shooting at the behavioral health clinic, body camera footage shows Shantel Allen, 28, who said she grew up with McGrier and considers him like a brother, called the escalation of the encounter by Williams shocking.

“I was speechless. I was enraged. I was hurt. I was shocked more than anything. That is really something you don’t expect,” she said. “I truly feel as though this officer needs to be dealt with in a very serious manner, so none of his fellow officers or anyone else in the criminal justice system feels like they can use this kind of force.

“This is a crime. You can’t just go around putting your hands on people,” she said.

Brown said Internal Affairs officers were at the hospital to speak with McGrier. Brown said he also had spoken with the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Mosby’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

The police department said Mosby’s office “provided information related to this case,” but did not explain what that meant.

Several men on Monument Street at the time — who asked not to be named, for fear of reprisal from the police for discussing the matter — said the officer who threw the punches knew McGrier from prior interactions, and that they believed he was targeting him.

They said the officer is young and had previously worked foot patrol along the corridor, but recently began working out of a car.

The men said the officer stopped McGrier on Saturday without good reason, which is why McGrier was talking back to the officer before the officer started throwing punches.

“He knows his rights, and he felt as though his rights were being violated, and he took offense to that,” one man said.

That the officer responded physically was completely out of line, and must result in serious consequences, the men said.

'I'm about to send this kid to the ... hospital': Baltimore police reviewing the interaction between the cop “We want justice. We don’t want things like that to happen. We want him to be held accountable, and not no paid suspension,” one man said.

Mayor Catherine Pugh echoed Tuggle in a statement late Saturday, in which she also called the encounter between the officer and McGrier “disturbing.” She said she was in touch with Tuggle and had “demanded answers and accountability.”

“We are working day and night to bring about a new era of community-based, Constitutional policing and will not be deterred by this or any other instance that threatens our efforts to re-establish the trust of all citizens in the Baltimore Police Department,” the mayor said.

City Councilman Brandon Scott said the department did the right thing by suspending the officer. Scott said he spoke with Tuggle after seeing the video, and the commissioner assured him it would be handled appropriately. He said the officer should be fired.

“You see that video and you see what we are trying to prevent in the police department,” said Scott, who is chair of the council's public safety committee. “It goes against the consent decree and the work we’re trying to do to rebuild trust between the community and the police department.”

The city entered into a federal consent decree in 2017 after the U.S. Justice Department found officers routinely violated people’s constitutional rights.

The justice department’s investigation began soon after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray following injuries he suffered in police custody. The 2015 incident became a flashpoint in the national conversation about police brutality.

A look at recent Baltimore Police scandals, from De Sousa's resignation to Gun Trace Task Force

Despite increased oversight, the city’s police department has had numerous scandals in recent months, including allegations of police misconduct.

Police said late last month that they were reviewing a different piece of viral civilian footage depicting a tense interaction with officers. The video shows a young boy being forcefully brought to the ground and handcuffed by an officer.

As the officer puts the boy into a police car, he is recorded saying, “I’m about to send this kid to the [expletive] hospital.”

Jurors recently indicted Officer Carlos Rivera-Martinez on charges of first-degree assault and misconduct in office for an incident that took place July 5, 2016. The officer allegedly beat up a young man, then 16 years old, as the boy was walking downtown on his way to his brother’s house.

Ben Jealous, the Democratic candidate for governor and a former head of the NAACP, condemned the officer’s actions in a statement, saying the video “shows just how far community-police relations have fallen in Baltimore, as well as the work that must be done in partnership with city officials to restore trust.”

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Jealous said he was “heartened” that the officer was promptly suspended.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, wrote on Twitter that there “must be a swift, immediate, and definitive response” to the officer’s actions from Pugh and the police department. “This is a flagrant violation of the letter & spirit of the consent decree. This is not what reform looks like.”

Ken Thompson, the court-appointed consent decree monitor, said in a statement late Saturday that he had conveyed to Tuggle that the incident “warrants immediate investigation,” and that his monitoring team will be “watching closely in the coming days” to see how the police department conducts that work.

“This is an important moment for the Baltimore Police Department,” Thompson said. “It is an opportunity for the Department to show the Monitoring team, the Court, and the community that when its officers are involved in an incident that raises serious questions about compliance with Department policies regarding the use of force (not to mention the U.S. Constitution) it will move swiftly to conduct a thorough, transparent, and fair investigation.”

Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the union that represents rank-and-file officers, also said he believed Tuggle took “the appropriate action” by suspending the officer pending an investigation.

Ryan said there might be more to the story that he doesn’t know, but that “at first view” the video of the incident showed “inexcusable behavior” on the part of the officer that the department “can’t tolerate.”

Ryan said officers are allowed to use force when individuals are resisting arrest, but the man in the video did not appear to be acting in an aggressive manner.

“I’d like to believe that there is more to it, but obviously, it really makes us look bad,” Ryan said. “That’s something we don’t need right now. We don’t need another black eye.”

Brown said he hopes city officials take the matter seriously because the treatment of his client is unacceptable.

“The animus, the hatred almost that you could see on the officer’s part, the way he just beat this guy down, was startling. It’s such an ugly act that has such a damning impact on the city as a whole, the police department, police-community relations,” Brown said. “It’s not just an attack on my client, it’s an attack on the whole community.”

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Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.



8 cops allegedly used an elite Baltimore police team to plunder the city and its residents

Six of the cops pleaded guilty to federal charges, and two others were just convicted.

An elite Baltimore police task force spent years plundering the city and its residents for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, drugs, and jewelry.

That’s the astonishing revelation from the case against the Baltimore Police Department’s now-defunct Gun Trace Task Force. Eight people in the nine-member task force have been charged with crimes that amount to massive abuses of power and repeated violations of locals’ constitutional rights. Six have pleaded guilty, and two were convicted of several federal charges on Monday.

The task force, as its name suggests, was originally meant to get guns and violent criminals off the streets. In an investigation spanning over the past few years, however, federal officials uncovered a team fueled by corruption: The police officers in the unit set people up for baseless searches. They robbed people. They carried toy guns to plant as fake evidence in case they killed an unarmed person. They clocked overtime when they weren’t working at all.

As then–US Attorney for Maryland (and now–Deputy Attorney General) Rod Rosenstein put it at the time of the indictment, “This is not about aggressive policing, it is about a criminal conspiracy. These are really simply robberies by people wearing police uniforms.”

Many of the allegations have been confirmed by some of the task force’s own members, several of whom pleaded guilty to charges and took the stand against fellow ex-officers. On Monday, the two officers who did not plead guilty, former detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, were convicted by a federal jury of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering, and Hobbs Act robbery charges, CNN reported.

The allegations hit a local police department that was already severely troubled. In a 2016 investigation, the US Department of Justice found that the Baltimore Police Department was abusive and corrupt on multiple levels — riddled with racially disparate impact “at every stage of [its] enforcement actions” and a constant source of constitutional rights violations. The Justice Department explained that these practices have “erode[d] the community trust that is critical to effective policing.”

Meanwhile, Baltimore’s murder rate has soared over the past several years. The city reported 343 killings in 2017, bringing it to a record-high rate of 56 homicides per 100,000 people. The incredible increase led Mayor Catherine Pugh to fire Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, replacing him with Darryl De Sousa, a veteran at the department.

These two events — the widening distrust in the Police Department and the rising murder rate — are linked. As people are less able to turn to the Police Department for help, they’re more likely to lose trust in the law and take matters into their own hands, even if it means resorting to violence to settle disputes. With the wild allegations now being made against — and confirmed by — officers of an elite police task force, things are potentially bound to get even worse.

A police force that was completely out of control

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began its investigation in 2015 with suspicions of misconduct by one of the officers in the unit, Momodu Gondo. The DEA believed that Gondo had helped some drug dealers avoid charges. As they investigated — and caught Gondo in an intercepted phone call allegedly admitting, “I sell drugs” — the scope of the corruption and abuse they uncovered widened over time, eventually engulfing most of the Gun Trace Task Force.

Here are examples, reported by the Associated Press, Baltimore Sun, and Washington Post, of what’s been found in the aftermath of the DEA’s revelation, much of which has come from some of the officers’ own testimony:

The officers would allegedly drive fast at groups of people and quickly slam on the brakes, hoping to scare them to see who would take off running and, therefore, give pretense for a chase and search. This allegedly happened 10 to 20 times on slow nights and more than 50 on busier nights.

The officers also allegedly used illegal GPS trackers to chase down targets for robbery.

In July 2016, the officers allegedly picked up a married couple even though there was no evidence of any crime, found out that the couple had $40,000 in a house outside the city, and proceeded to scour the property for cash. They took $20,000 before they called other law enforcement to the home, arguing that they had uncovered criminal activity — with no actual evidence.

In another case, officers took a man’s house keys, found out where he lived through police databases and went to the house, where they found drugs and a safe. They allegedly took $100,000 from the safe, which had $200,000 inside. Then they filmed themselves pretending to open the safe for the first time — to cover up the crime, according to investigators.

During the 2015 Baltimore riots over the police killing of Freddie Gray, one officer allegedly stopped a looting at a pharmacy — only to take the stolen drugs himself, give them to a drug dealer, and split the proceeds.

The cops once reportedly found a gun and a pound and a half of marijuana in an illegal warrantless search. Their solution: They sold the drugs and firearm back onto the street.

In total, the task force is suspected of stealing at least $300,000 in cash, three kilos of cocaine, 43 pounds of marijuana, 800 grams of heroin, and jewelry worth hundreds of thousands more in cash.

One officer said the unit carried BB guns “in case we accidentally hit somebody or got into a shootout, so we could plant them.”

The cops reportedly made ridiculous uses of overtime, regularly earning pay when they weren’t working at all. One cop allegedly took a month off to remodel his home and was still paid. Another claimed overtime while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

This is just a small sample of some of the allegations, which could span an entire book. These were people appointed by the city to a supposedly elite task force, charged with getting firearms off the streets — and instead, they collectively used their jobs to loot much of what they found.

This has led to a huge fallout in the criminal justice system: The nearly 3,000 cases that the eight indicted officers were involved in have now been called into question, potentially allowing people previously convicted of crimes to be let free because the evidence is no longer reliable.

Eight of nine ex-officers in the unit were charged. Six pleaded guilty: Thomas Allers, Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Wayne Jenkins, Jemell Rayam, and Maurice Ward. Two pleaded not guilty but were convicted by a federal jury: Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor. Only one — John Clewell — has not been charged with a crime, because he reportedly wasn’t very involved with the team.

The accused each face potentially decades in prison.

A federal investigation had already exposed Baltimore police

That this task force was allowed to run amok implicates not just its members, but the police department that paid — and supposedly oversaw — them. And this wouldn’t be the first time that the Baltimore Police Department was exposed as allowing and even enabling abusive, corrupt practices.

In a 2016 Justice Department investigation following the protests and riots over the police killing of Freddie Gray, federal investigators found example after example of abuse, corruption, and racism within the Baltimore Police Department.

The Justice Department found that police in the city were disproportionately likely to stop black people even when they were totally innocent of any crimes — one black man in his mid-50s, for instance, was stopped 30 times in less than four years, never to be cited or charged.

Officers also escalated situations into violence for no good reason. In a 2013 case, cops stopped a black man in a hoodie who was not suspected of any crime, seized a kitchen knife from him, and then, after the man asked for his property back, handcuffed and beat him, landing him in the hospital. The man was never charged with a crime.

And officers repeatedly detained and arrested people simply because they engaged in speech perceived to be critical or disrespectful — a violation of First Amendment rights.

The examples go on and on, and you can read more about them in Vox’s explainer of the Justice Department report.

The city and Police Department have vowed reforms since the Justice Department’s investigation, even after the new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, attempted to pull back federal oversight of the reforms.

But problems have continued. Beyond the allegations against the Gun Trace Task Force, there have now been three incidents in which Baltimore police officers were caught on body camera footage tampering with an alleged crime scene. These incidents alone have forced the local prosecutor to drop dozens of cases the officers were involved in.

All of this paints a picture of a police department in total disarray, mired in corruption and abuses of power. Of course, Baltimore residents — particularly those of color — have been trying to warn city, state, and federal officials about these types of abuses for decades. As Ray Kelly, head of the West Baltimore advocacy group No Boundaries Coalition, told the Washington Post, “The only thing that is surprising to me with these trials are the actual guilty pleas and that officers are going to prison. For years we have talked about and tried to identify the levels of corruption within the [Baltimore Police Department], and now our concerns are, sadly, being validated.”

More broadly, the findings reflect what communities across the country — again, particularly those of color — have been warning about for decades. While the Baltimore Police Department appears to be particularly bad, previous federal investigations into other police departments, from New Orleans to Chicago, regularly found evidence of systemic racial discrimination and violations of civilians’ constitutional rights. These findings help explain why movements like Black Lives Matter have taken off over the past several years.

This kind of distrust feeds crime — which could help explain Baltimore’s soaring murder rates

It’s a travesty that the officials sworn to protect Baltimore civilians spent their time terrorizing locals instead. But this abuse of power can also help explain why Baltimore’s murder rate is now soaring.

For one, there’s the opportunity cost here: This Baltimore task force could have spent time and resources getting violent criminals off the streets, but instead spent its time and resources looting the city.

There’s also a concept known in criminal justice circles known as “legal cynicism.” The idea is that the government has a much harder time enforcing the law when large segments of the population don’t trust that government, the police, or the laws.

This is a major explanation for why predominantly minority communities tend to have more crime than other communities: After centuries of neglect and abuse, black and brown Americans are simply much less likely to turn to police for help — and that may lead a small but significant segment of these communities to resort to its own means, including violence, to solve interpersonal conflicts.

There’s research to back this up. A 2016 study, from sociologists Matthew Desmond of Harvard, Andrew Papachristos of Yale, and David Kirk of Oxford, looked at 911 calls in Milwaukee after incidents of police brutality hit the news.

They found that after the 2004 police beating of Frank Jude, 17 percent (22,200) fewer 911 calls were made in the following year compared with the number of calls that would have been made had the Jude beating never happened. More than half of the effect came from fewer calls in black neighborhoods. And the effect persisted for more than a year, even after the officers involved in the beating were punished. Researchers found similar impacts on local 911 calls after other high-profile incidents of police violence.

But crime still happened in these neighborhoods. As 911 calls dropped, researchers also found a rise in homicides. They noted that “the spring and summer that followed Jude’s story were the deadliest in the seven years observed in our study.”

That suggests that people were simply dealing with crime themselves. And although the researchers couldn’t definitively prove it, that might mean civilians took to their own — sometimes violent — means to protect themselves when they couldn’t trust the police to stop crime and violence.

“An important implication of this finding is that publicized cases of police violence not only threaten the legitimacy and reputation of law enforcement,” the researchers wrote, but “they also — by driving down 911 calls — thwart the suppression of law-breaking, obstruct the application of justice, and ultimately make cities as a whole, and the black community in particular, less safe.”

That’s why, especially in the context of racial disparities in police use of force, experts say it’s important that police own up to their mistakes and take transparent steps to fix them.

“This is what folks who rail against the focus on police violence — and pull up against that, community violence — get wrong,” David Kennedy, a criminologist at John Jay College, told me in 2016. “What those folks simply don’t understand is that when communities don’t trust the police and are afraid of the police, then they will not and cannot work with police and within the law around issues in their own community. And then those issues within the community become issues the community needs to deal with on their own — and that leads to violence.”

The allegations against the Gun Trace Task Force speak to this. If the people sworn to protect you will actually rob you for their own profits, why should you trust them? And if you can’t trust them, what are you going to do the next time you have a serious problem — with a family member, friend, neighbor, whomever — that would normally require the criminal justice system? The result is perhaps more violence that a better police force could have prevented.


It should be known that no police in America would put up with allowing Wesley Cagle to do what he did. Shame on him There are 163 Officer that died on the job or were killed while wearing our uniform, there are men and women that are and will remain crippled for the rest of our lives, one of my heroes, was blinded in both eyes back in 1987 and has been blind ever since, he has never seen either of his kids. I have been in a wheelchair for the last 15 years, I will not be able to walk my daughters down the aisle, or partake in a father-daughter dance. We didn't make these sacrifices so Wesley Cagle could shoot a man that was already subdued. Sacrifices are made every day by the members of the Baltimore Police Department, and they are made by men and women that live to see the right thing done. It is hard to understand what makes a man or woman tick, but for the most part, 99.99% of all police live to right wrongs, to protect the innocent from those that will vilify a community. If we all take a step back and let the police do their job and protect us, without our impeding their investigations, and making it harder for them to protect us. While harassing the good police from effectively doing their jobs, the real criminals are robbing our community of a happiness we could have, and locating real dirty cops, who are stealing more from us than just what they normally take, now they are also causing our neighborhoods to take away the good police. Think about it, we don't want police harassing us because a few bad apples in the neighborhood, why would we harass all of them because of a few bad police on the force. We could all work together to find the dirty cops, if we just back off, and leave the police alone, the dirty cops will stand out better. Wesley Cagle is not the norm


7 Baltimore officers arrested, accused of robbing victims
(Bad Cops)

Seven Baltimore police officers were arrested Wednesday on racketeering charges, accused of stealing from hapless victims who often committed no crimes and of filing bloated overtime claims that almost doubled their salaries.

The indictment comes less than a month after the Justice Department reached a sweeping reform agreement with the embattled police department. U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said Wednesday's charges involved "abuse of power" by six detectives and a sergeant on the city's Gun Trace Task Force team.

"What is particularly significant about the allegations in this indictment is that these officers were involved in stopping people who had not committed crimes," Rosenstein said. "Not only seizing their money but pocketing it."

Rosenstein said the amount of money the officers would seize, without any charges being filed, ranged from hundreds of dollars to $200,000. Some of the alleged overtime abuses included one officer who claimed overtime for a day of gambling at a casino. Another officer was paid while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a week.

The indicted officers include Det. Momodu Bondeva Kenton "GMoney" Gondo, 34, who also was charged in a drug-dealing conspiracy; Det. Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32; Det. Daniel Thomas Hersl, 47; Sgt. Wayne Earl Jenkins, 36; Det. Jemell Lamar Rayam, 36; Det. Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, 30; and Det. Maurice Kilpatrick Ward, 36.

Jenkins was the worst overtime offender in fiscal 2016, according to the indictment. His salary was $85,406, but he received more than $83,000 in additional overtime pay. Five of the officers claimed more than $50,000 in overtime that year.

"This kind of conduct by police officers tarnishes the reputation of all police officers," Rosenstein said.

Rosenstein said the investigation stemmed from a drug probe conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Information was passed on to the FBI. Local police also aided the effort.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said it was a difficult day for the city and a "punch in the gut" for his police force. But he said such crackdowns are part of the change and would be applauded by his officers.

"These seven police officers acted disgracefully," Davis said. "They betrayed the trust we have — and are trying to build upon — at a very sensitive time in our city’s history."

Last month the Justice Department and police department agreed on a series of changes that are awaiting a judge's approval. The overhaul stems from a scathing federal report on police operations issued after the widely publicized death of Freddie Gray in April 2015 while in police custody. Gray's death sparked days of sometimes-violent protests across the city.

The report claimed officers routinely conducted unlawful stops and used excessive force often targeting black residents in low-income, African-American neighborhoods. Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said the department's "zero tolerance" strategy had little impact on crime solving while severely damaging community relations.

Six officers were charged in connection with Gray's death. Three were acquitted and charges against the others were then dropped.



 Seven Baltimore Cops Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges


Seven Baltimore police officers were indicted Wednesday for federal racketeering crimes ranging from filing false overtime claims while actually at a casino to robbing a driver during a traffic stop.

One of the cops is facing a separate charge for drug distribution.

Investigators said the crimes — some of them committed by some members of the elite Gun Trace Task Force — took place last year as the Department of Justice investigated the Baltimore Police Department for use of excessive force, among other violations. The racketeering investigation was conducted in secret over the past year as part of what officials described as a sweeping reform effort across the department.

Those indicted include Det. Momodu Bondeva Kenton "GMoney" Gondo, 34; Det. Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32; Det. Daniel Thomas Hersl, 47; Sgt. Wayne Earl Jenkins, 36; Det. Jemell Lamar Rayam, 36; Det. Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, 30; and Det. Maurice Kilpatrick Ward, 36.

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Clockwise from top left are Marcus Taylor, Daniel Hersl, Maurice Ward, Jemell Rayam, Evodio Hendrix, Wayne Jenkins, and Momodu Gando. Baltimore Police via AP

Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said the crimes were an abuse of power.

"They were involved in stopping people who had not committed crimes and not only seizing their money but pocketing it," he said. "These are really simply robberies by people who are wearing police uniforms."

Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the indictments were "a punch in the gut" for the Baltimore Police Department. "These officers are 1930s-style gangsters as far as I'm concerned," he said.

Davis said that this investigation is part of a larger effort to reform the police department.

"Reform isn't always pretty. It's messy sometimes," Davis said.

Last August, in the wake of the tumult following Freddie Gray's death, the Justice Department issued a report that said the Baltimore police department often used excessive force and conducted unlawful traffic stops in some of the city's poorest and predominantly black communities. As part of an agreement with the DOJ, the Baltimore police department agreed to a consent decree to install sweeping reforms.

"We wouldn't be under a consent decree if we didn't' have issues. We have issues," Davis said.

Posters detailing specific allegations from 2016 sat on either side of the podium during the press conference.

In one case, four of the officers are alleged to have stolen $200,000 from a safe and bags and a watch valued at $4,000. In July 2016, three officers conspired to impersonate a federal officer in order to steal $20,000 in cash.

Prosecutors said one officer helped a friend being tracked as part of a drug conspiracy remove a GPS tracking device placed by the Drug Enforcement Agency on the person's car.

In another case, the officers watched a drug home for a full day and then stole $3,000 from people who later emerged from the home.

In yet another instance, an officer charged overtime while at a casino when the sergeant in charge was on vacation, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said. Another officer claimed overtime while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Sometimes, the officers turned off their body cameras to avoid recording what they were up to, according to the indictment.

As first reported by the Baltimore Sun, several of the officers were also highly praised in the October 2016 Baltimore Police newsletter in an article written by Lt. Chris O'Ree, a member of the ATF taskforce.

"I am extremely proud to showcase the work of Sergeant Wayne Jenkins and the Gun Trace Task Force," O'Ree wrote. "Sergeant Jenkins and his team have 110 arrests for handgun violations and seized 132 illegal handguns." He added, "I couldn't be more proud of the strong work of this team."

Rosenstein said that the investigation involved electronic surveillance and the installation of a recording device in the cars of one of the officers. He said that the recordings demonstrate "a lack of respect for the system, particularly in discussions about overtime."

One of the accused officers reportedly said that working for the police department is "easy money."

"I can assure you that for the officers that are doing their legitimate jobs, this is not easy money by any means," Rosenstein said.

The president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Gene Ryan, said he was "disturbed" by the charges.

"We are very disturbed over the charges filed against our members by the U.S. Attorney today," Ryan said in a statement. "These officers are entitled to due process and a fair trial in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of our state."  Shame on them all, these seven officers have tarnished the badges of their brothers and sisters, but at the same time, I hope it shows the amount of temptation the rest of us ignore, because in life there is only one and one wrong when it comes to honor, and these seven have no honor, no respect. They will end up where they belong, and federal prison is no joke. That said, God bless the rest of our Officers who through no fault of their own have been called names, ducked bricks, spit, and many other injustices because they decided they would take an oath to protect a community and as such, they will continue to fight through the injustices of prejudices thrown their way. But their pride, their integrity, and their promise to protect those that sometimes don't want protection, but crime states show protection is needed. As good police, we want nothing more than to see bad cops arrested, and good police maintain a well-deserved reward of honor. 



Officer Santos
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While one of our units was on an investigation, Officer Santos of the Great SW came to back up his brother and sister officers. While there he saw 3 pit bulls that were roaming the streets. One was obviously used for over breeding, as the neighborhood children ran in fear. Officer Santos was able to corral them into his patrol car and take them to a local BARCS.
God willing they will find a happy home and live out their days in comfort.


Devider Bail set at $1M for Officer Charged with Attempted Murder

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Mosby, police commissioner announce criminal charges against the city officer in the shooting.

A Baltimore police officer has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of an unarmed burglary suspect last December, State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced Wednesday.

The officer, 13-year veteran Wesley Cagle, is accused of shooting Michael Johansen, 46, in the 3000 block of E. Monument St. after he had been shot by two other officers. Cagle was charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault.

District Court Judge Halee F. Weinstein on Thursday cited the "heinous and callous nature" of the allegations in setting Cagle's bail at $1 million. Cagle's defense attorney Chaz Ball argued that Cagle is not a threat to the community or a risk to not appear in court, and instead asked for bail to be set at $150,000.

Mosby said the first two officers were justified in shooting Johansen because he refused to heed commands and made a move toward his waistband.

But Cagle "on his own initiative" came out of an alley, Mosby said, stood over Johansen, called him a "piece of [expletive]" and shot him in the groin.

"Johansen was no longer considered a potential threat, as witnesses did not see Johansen make any aggressive or threatening movements," Mosby said.

Both Cagle and Johansen are white.

The charges come months after Mosby filed charges against six officers in the arrest and transport of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died in April after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in a police van.

The officer who drove the van was charged with second-degree murder; others were charged with manslaughter or lesser charges.

Cagle, 45, is the first Baltimore police officer criminally charged in an on-duty shooting since Officer Tommy Sanders, who was charged with manslaughter in the 2008 shooting of an unarmed man who ran to evade arrest. A jury acquitted Sanders of all charges in 2010.

Davis, the interim commissioner, called the charges a "punch in the gut" but said that when officers learn more about the case, they will "realize that this Police Department and state's attorney's office did the right thing."

"It doesn't make me feel very good at all," Davis said. "But what's really important here is that the integrity of our profession, the integrity of our agency, wins out."

Cagle was taken into custody Wednesday, police said.

Gene Ryan, president of the city's Fraternal Order of Police lodge, said that he "did not have all of the facts surrounding this investigation" but that "this officer will have his day in court, and I have faith that the judicial system will properly determine guilt or innocence."

Ryan said it was his responsibility as union president "to represent and support each and every one of our members until such time as the evidence suggests otherwise."

"As I have stated numerous times in the past, no one is above the law, but all citizens of our nation are entitled to due process."

The shooting occurred about 4:30 a.m. Dec. 28. Officers were called to the 3000 block of E. Monument St. in the Madison Eastend neighborhood for a report of a burglary at a corner grocery store.

Cagle and Officers Keven Leary and Isiah Smith took up positions on the side and rear of Patel's Corner 3 while Officer Dancy Debrosse went to the front, Mosby said. Leary and Smith then went to the side door while Cagle went to the alley.

Debrosse looked through the front door of the store, saw a masked man near the cash register and watched him head toward a side door, Mosby said. Leary and Smith confronted him, she said and told him to show his hands. When he didn't comply and instead reached toward his waist, she said, they fired at him.

He fell to the floor, his body partially inside of the store and his feet on the steps outside.

While Leary and Smith were covering him with their guns drawn, Mosby said, Cagle walked in and stood over him with his gun drawn. The man said to Cagle, "What did you shoot me with, a beanbag?"

According to Mosby, Cagle replied: "No, a .40-caliber, you piece of [expletive]," and fired one shot.

In an interview with Fox 45 news Wednesday, Johansen said, "I'm glad justice is being done about it," he said."I wish it never happened though."

He told Fox that he doesn't want the officer to go to prison over the shooting but added, "I just want him to be accountable for what he did."

At the time of the incident, the Police Department said the officers fired because they believed they saw Johansen holding a "shiny object," and that he was shot at least once in the upper torso. Police did not mention the gunshot wound to his groin area.

Mosby said no weapon was recovered from the man.

Cagle joined the Police Department at age 32. He earned $76,021.76 in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Court records show he was among several officers sued in 2004. Records show a settlement was reached, but detailed information was not available late Wednesday.

In March 2014, Cagle filed for bankruptcy in U.S. District Court in Maryland, records show.

Court records show Johansen is awaiting trial on charges including second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and theft of less than $1,000. He is free on $20,000 bail pending a jury trial scheduled for Sept. 9. He had no attorney listed in court records.

Records also show that Johansen has been charged in a series of burglaries and thefts. In 2006 he received a 10-year suspended sentence for second-degree burglary.

Mosby drew praise and criticism in May when she filed charges against the officers in Gray's arrest with violations ranging from misconduct in office to second-degree murder.

Mosby filed the charges after what she said was an investigation by her office, conducted parallel to a police investigation.

Supporters said the move helped to calm a city that had erupted in riots, arson and looting. Police union leaders warned that they could affect the ability of officers to do their jobs. Arrests in the city plummeted after the charges, and homicides and other violence have soared.

The six officers in that case have pleaded not guilty; a trial is scheduled to begin in October.

Of the charges against Cagle, Davis noted that the Police Department investigated the incident in conjunction with prosecutors.

Asked about the viability of the charges, Mosby said: "We're going to let justice run its course, and that will be up to a judge or a jury to determine."

Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.

Jury finds Baltimore Police Officer Wesley Cagle guilty of assault in shooting of unarmed man

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Officer Wesley Cagle found guilty of assault, not guilty of attempted murder in shooting of unarmed man.

A Baltimore police officer faces at least five years in prison after a jury convicted him Thursday of two charges in the shooting of an unarmed burglary suspect.

In a rare conviction in a use-of-force case against a police officer, jurors found Wesley Cagle, 46, guilty of first-degree assault and a handgun charge. Prosecutors said Cagle shot Michael Johansen in the groin as he lay in the doorway of an East Baltimore corner store after two other officers had shot the man.

"There was no need for him to take that final shot," said jury foreman Jerome Harper, 64, after he and other jurors left the courthouse.

Cagle was acquitted of the more serious charges of attempted first- and second-degree murder in the shooting.

Cagle, a 15-year veteran of the Police Department, stood silently at the defense table with his attorneys as the decision was announced. Behind him, members of his family wept as they heard the verdict.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said the case demonstrates their willingness to hold police officers accountable.

"Today's serious criminal charges against a Baltimore police officer happened because our internal investigations worked," Davis said in a statement.

Police officials said Davis would take "immediate action" to terminate Cagle's employment. He has been suspended without pay. He earned $76,021.76 in 2015 on a base salary of $69,296.

The two other officers who shot Johansen — Isiah Smith and Keven Leary — were cleared in the shooting and testified for the prosecution.

"I commend the witnesses who willingly testified against Mr. Cagle's reckless behavior as well as my prosecutors who presented such a strong case," Mosby said. "I'm glad to know that the jury looked at the facts and evidence presented in this case and ensured that justice was served."

Cagle's attorneys, Chaz Ball and Joe Murtha, left the courthouse without commenting.

Both Cagle and Johansen are white.

Johansen, who testified last week about getting shot, did not attend the court proceedings Thursday. On the stand, he described how he has long been addicted to heroin and went to the store the morning of Dec. 28, 2014, to "get some money."

In an interview Thursday, his attorney, Jerome Bivens, praised Mosby's office and the police officers who testified.

"We need more police officers to stand up," Bivens said. "We need more good cops to stand up against the bad cops. If we get that more often, our country will be in much better shape than it is now. This case is a conviction because the police policed themselves."

Cagle testified that he shot at Johansen because he saw a shiny object that could have been a weapon, but Harper said jurors did not believe him.

"That was thrown out," the jury foreman said. "We didn't believe that."

At a time when the public often sees video footage of police encounters, it could become harder for officers to defend their actions by saying they thought someone was armed, said A. Dwight Pettit, a Baltimore attorney who has represented clients in numerous lawsuits against police.

"With all the things the public is seeing, that defense is running kind of thin, especially when there's no evidence to corroborate," Pettit said. "I think juries are going to want more than just, 'I thought I saw him reaching [for a weapon].' That's worn out."

Prosecutors said Smith's and Leary's actions were justified in the shooting because Johansen had refused their commands to show his hands and moved toward his waistband.

Johansen told the jury that Cagle called him a "piece of [expletive]" before shooting him.

While both Smith and Leary said they heard an exchange between Cagle and Johansen, neither could make out the words. Cagle testified that he was giving Johansen commands to show his hands.

Judge Wanda Keyes Heard said Cagle could remain free on bail until his sentencing Nov. 18.

"I'm allowing you on bail as a courtesy because I have no reason to believe you're not going to show up," Heard said.

The firearms conviction — use of a handgun in a crime of violence — carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison without parole. The assault charge carries a sentence of up to 25 years.

Cagle was the first Baltimore officer to be charged in an on-duty shooting since 2008. In the 2008 case, a jury acquitted the officer, Tommy Sanders III, of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

In recent years, other Baltimore officers have been convicted on criminal charges related to their duties.

In 2013, Officer Kendell Richburg pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with a drug conspiracy. In 2014, Sgt. Marinos N. Gialamas was convicted of malfeasance and Officer Anthony Williams was found guilty of assault related to a drug arrest.

This year, a judge acquitted three officers of charges related to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, from a spinal injury suffered in police custody in April 2015. Prosecutors then dropped charges against the other three officers charged in the case.

Baltimore Sun reporter Doug Donovan contributed to this article.

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This page will share stories of both the good police, and the bad cops. I hope people will take the time to not only read about the bad cops, but also read about, and learn to respect the good police, after all, love them or hate them; if your family is in need of help, it is the good police that will risk their lives to get there, and to help you, and your family.

Let's take a look at a good police officer Ret Officer Oliver T. Murdock, who worked his career, retired and then while going into his house with his wife, was accosted and shot to death at age 73 Obviously a good cop, worked his entire carreer to serve the community and comes home to be killed. Compared this story after Ret Officer Murdorck Officer Maurice Lamar Jeffers, caught on film stealing more tha $3000 and this is why we made Good Cop Bad Cop, to show the difference, to let everyone know, we know there are good mixed in with the bad, and we weed them out as fast as we can find.. if you know of a bad cop, report them... but let's not make the mistake of thinking all cops are bad cops... if that were the case, there would be no peace

There is no excuse for the actions the officer in this next report.. he should have been fired the second they could prove he lied.. This video doesn't show the hit, as far as I could see, but he admits to striking the suspect, so that goes without question... When I joined the force in 1987 we were told there is only 3 ways to lose the job, Taking drugs, Stealing, or Lying... Obviously there were and are other ways, nearly any crime, domestic violence etc. but the point was to tell us not to lie.. Once you lose your credibility you have nothing else.. There will be times when it is only your word against a suspect, just you and him, and because of integrity our word was to be trusted, if we lied we gave up something that was given to us "Trust". So to most of us, our word was the most important thing we had, and we would rather lose a case than give up our integrity. Good police hate bad cops, they make our job harder, we can't rely on them for back-up, and to be honest we don't want abusive police on our calls. But it is important to point out, one bad cop does not make all police bad, otherwise there would be no good in this country, all priest, and teachers would be child molester. All mailmen could become lunatics that shoot up post officers, all airline pilotswould fly drunk, and the list goes on. The point is in everyday life, everyday people come in all shapes, sizes, and occupations some are honest, and some are not... We need good police, and it is incumbent upon all of us to place blame where blame belongs, if we see a bad cop, report him/her to their supervisor, don't interfere wot them doing their job, we might see someone resisting and think the officer is wrong, but in truth, not everyone that resist police are good folk, and we need to let police do their job, use enough force to effect an arrest from a resisting subject, but if an officer takes a swing after the suspect has given up, that officer needs to be reported. Here is a story, where an officer should no longer wear the uniform of police that have died for the job, become disabled for the job, and have mad many other sacrifices for the job. (Keep in mind when an officer goes rouge, it is the good police that arrests him/her, not a citizen, but a good police officer.) So let's not become to a citizen what a bad cop is to the force.. Else you might become as bad as the bad cop. i.e. throwing stuff, yelling at them etc... is no better than the bad cops we all detest. So like in life, and in law, we have to assume everyone is innocent until proven guilty, all police must be good until we know they are not.. look at most officers records, men and women that risk their lives to save lives, that have been shot at, punched, attacked, while protecting our rights... let's give them the benefit of the doubt, unless we know more or see something that would tell us otherwise... and then we don't confront them, we report them...


Police Commissioner James M. Hepbron

Police Commissioner James M. Hepbron was subject to a hearing led by Delegate Jerome Robinson February 19, 1959, specifications against the commissioner included flouting of rights, errors in judgment and brutal concepts of policing. In the 90 day public hearing and investigation, fourth district delegate Robinson stated that the commissioner "demonstrate lack of a sense of propriety and in several respects a lack of comprehension on the part of the commissioner of the nature of his duties, the functions of the department, and the obligations to the citizenry" During the public hearing Hepbron incessantly left the hearing and/or refused to answer specifications against him. Delegate Jerome Robinson, the igniter of the hearing, had a long history of challenging wiretapping and search warrants as unconstitutional, citing they violate natural rights of the citizen. During the hearing, Delegate Robinson urged the police commissioner to resign and that his resignation would be in the interest of the public. Robinson's contempt for Hepbron was clear when he wrote, "it is obvious that he has outlived his position. His administration has produced continuing deterioration and the demoralization of the department". The charges against Hepbron include unlawful wiretapping, phony evidence planted for the purpose of obtaining convictions, perjury, mass arrests and "instances of unbelievable brutality" and illegal detention, all of which had occurred in alarming numbers. Charges included, 1. Flouting of the civil and constitutional rights of the citizens of Baltimore City. Illegal taps of private and public telephone lines. 2. Errors in judgment and administration. 3. Concepts of policing which, because of brutality and insentivity, are shocking to decent thinking people.

While Hepbron's charges were ones with over a dozen wiretaps and countless hours of footage, Hebron denied to address he was acting illegally and against the courts. Delegate Robinson also cited 36 cases where the cases were dropped and/or defendants were released from penal detention because police had framed defendants and the evidence was planted for conviction. Delegate Robinson called these offenses, "a creature of commissioner Hepbron". Delegate Robinson also cited the Green Spring Avenue assault by a police officer on a 15-year-old boy, as well as countless shootings of unarmed auto-thieves and illegal raids on properly licensed establishments as charges against Hepbron. At one point Robinson stated the head of the city police was "an SS officer in a Chesterfield coat who is impatient with the Bill of Rights and intolerant of the constitutional liberties and prerogatives of the people" Wiretapping was a crusade of Robinson's, believing it was against Federal law, he enacted this law to ensure state agents did not break federal law or the rights of individuals. He perceived Hepbron's actions as an affront to law and order.

Alvin J.T. Zumbrun, former managing director of the Criminal Justice Commission, issued a statement against Fourth District Democrat Robinson in the police commissioner's defense. He described the charges brought against Hepbron "the utterances of an angry madman possessed with the mania to have the police commissioner removed at all costs" In addition, Zumbrun cited multiple details and instances wherein he stated that Robinson had lied, citing instances as small as a phone call, office visit or passing informal greeting by Robinson to Zumbrun. While Zumbrun's evidence never addressed actual police violations of state law, Zumbrun continued to press for the expulsion of Robinson of the General Assembly of Maryland to Governor J. Millard Tawes



Baltimore officer will not face charges for hitting handcuffed suspect

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Baltimore Officer Michael McSpadden will not face charges for incident caught on tape.

A longtime Baltimore police officer will not face criminal charges for hitting a handcuffed suspect in a downtown parking garage during a 2012 arrest — an incident partially caught on video by a security camera.

Prosecutors determined that the statute of limitations had expired for the most serious offenses, and they could not prove other potential charges against Officer Michael McSpadden, according to a statement released Tuesday. The officer, who has been suspended since October, earns about $69,000 a year.

Police Seeking two Men in Retired Officer's Killing
Victim was Among 3 people Fatally Shot in City Friday
November 29, 1998 By Dan Thanh Dang

Baltimore police were searching yesterday for two unknown men in the fatal shooting of a retired city officer, who was killed in an apparent robbery outside his longtime West Baltimore home

The victim, Oliver T. Murdock, 73, was pronounced dead just before midnight Friday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, about two hours after he was shot in the 2500 block of Riggs Ave., city homicide detectives said. Apparently unrelated shootings in the city earlier Friday left two men dead and one wounded, police said. Murdock was returning home with his wife, Katherine, 73, about 9: 50 p.m. when they were confronted by two men demanding money. In a brief scuffle, one of the robbers shot Murdock, who managed to fire one round from the .38-caliber handgun he carried, police said. Katherine Murdock was not injured, and the assailants fled in a dark-colored pickup truck, police said.

The gunfire shattered the quiet of the holiday weekend and left neighbors mourning

"I was watching 'A Miracle on 34th Street' on TV and they had just decided Kriss Kringle was real when I heard the shot," said Erika McAfee, 16, a close friend and neighbor of the Murdocks. "I ran outside and he was lying there on the ground. He was still talking so I thought he was going to be OK. "He was very well-loved and will be missed," McAfee said. Murdock was born and raised in Baltimore. He moved to Riggs Avenue 46 years ago and quickly made a name for himself. He was described by longtime friends and family as a gregarious and helpful man who volunteered in the community and played the role of grandfather for many neighborhood children. Assigned to the Southern District, Murdock retired after nearly three decades in the Police Department, then worked as a security officer for the National Security Agency for more than 18 years and, later, as a master plumber. He helped neighbors with plumbing problems, drove senior citizens on daily errands, and also had volunteered at the Central Rosemont Recreation Center to create the "Sugar and Spice Beauty Pageant" for local children in recent years. "They weren't just your neighbors," said McAfee's mother, Vada McAfee, 42. "They became our family members. Pop was always helping people. It's really, really just a great loss."

Murdock's death left many concerned for their safety in the normally quiet neighborhood, which has many elderly residents.

"This entire block is mostly people who moved here when my father did," said Dorolie Murdock Sewell, 52, the retired officer's daughter. "They're left unprotected. My father would be very worried about that. He tried to look after everybody." The Fraternal Order of Police and Metro Crime Stoppers offered a combined $4,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailants. "This is a man who put in 27 years in the Police Department and survived the streets," said homicide Detective Homer Pennington, who is leading the investigation. "And then he becomes a victim of a robbery. It's a shame."

In two other shootings Friday

Two men were wounded, one fatally, in the 100 block of N. Poppleton St. about 5: 30 p.m. by a man who walked up to them and opened fire. One victim, Franswan Opi, 27, was released after hospital treatment. Police said they did not know the name of the other man, who was pronounced dead at Shock Trauma. Police found Curtis Lamont Haynes, 38, of the 4200 block of Massachusetts Ave. lying wounded about 10: 15 p.m. in the 200 block of McCurley St. in Southwest Baltimore. He had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at Shock Trauma.

Pub Date: 11/29/98


Now In know we are all innocent until proven guilty, but when the paper says the following, is there much doubt?

Feds say sting operation catches Baltimore police officer stealing

A Baltimore police officer is accused of stealing $3,000 after investigators set up a sting in a hotel room, federal prosecutors said in a complaint that was unsealed Thursday.

Officer Maurice Lamar Jeffers of Savage, a 12-year veteran who was assigned to a fugitive task force, was charged with theft of government property and "converting property of another," prosecutors said.

A Baltimore police internal affairs detective who is part of an FBI corruption task force began investigating Jeffers in October after a woman said $2,200 had gone missing when members of the fugitive task force searched her boyfriend's home. Police said no cash was submitted as evidence after that search.

The complaint against Jeffers includes a list of previous allegations from his internal affairs file — records that state law ordinarily allows police to shield from the public. They show Jeffers had been accused of theft three previous times.

The first allegation came in 2005, the records show. The outcome of that case is listed as "unknown." In 2006 and 2011, Jeffers was accused of theft while making an arrest. Both cases are listed as "administratively closed."

The most recent allegation, made by the woman in October, is listed as pending.

Investigators say Jeffers was also accused in April 2010 of soliciting a prostitute while off-duty.

"Although the BPD was notified, the incident was not investigated," according to the court document. "BPD records reported the incident as 'administrative tracking only.'"

Attempts to reach Jeffers for comment were unsuccessful.

Additionally, the state court records database shows that Jeffers was criminally charged twice. In 2006 he was charged in Prince George's County with theft, but found not guilty. And in 1998, before he was a police officer, he was charged in Baltimore with first-degree assault and a handgun violation. Those charges were dropped by prosecutors.

In February, an internal affairs investigator approached a member of the task force about Jeffers. The member had not seen Jeffers commit any crimes, prosecutors said, but described his conduct as "suspicious."

The member said Jeffers always bought things using cash, and cashed paychecks rather than deposit them into a bank account.

Police officers and FBI agents staged a sting operation at the Executive Inn on Pulaski Highway on March 10, prosecutors said. Jeffers and members of his task force were told that a fictitious Prince George's County drug target was staying at the hotel, and they were told to secure the room so Prince George's County police could execute a search warrant.

Agents equipped the hotel room with audio and video surveillance, and placed $3,500 in cash around the room.

Jeffers told his partner that day to inform their sergeant that no one was in the room, prosecutors said. While the partner was away, prosecutors said, Jeffers was filmed placing money into his pockets.

David Lutz, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said the Police Department selected Jeffers for the fugitive task force and continued to supervise him.

"The task force wasn't aware of any allegations about him until approached by his Baltimore City supervision," Lutz said. "We participated fully in the investigation."

Jeffers faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for each of the two theft counts, prosecutors said. He made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court last week and was released pending trial


Man Gets Life term in Killing of Retired Officer

Accomplice who Testified against Williams gets Sentence of 20 years

March 18, 2000|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A man convicted of killing a retired Baltimore police officer in November 1998 during what police described as a robbery spree to get money to buy baby diapers was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole. Christopher M. Williams, 28, was sentenced in the slaying of Oliver T. Murdock, 73, who was gunned down outside his West Baltimore home. Williams also received a 20-year sentence on a handgun conviction.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Saturday's editions gave an incorrect first name for the widow of Oliver T. Murdock, a former Baltimore police officer who was killed in November 1998. Her name is Katie Murdock. The Sun regrets the errors. Kevin Blackman, 22, who admitted to being part of the robbery attempt and testified against Williams, received a 20-year sentence on a second-degree murder conviction. Murdock, of the 2500 block of Riggs Ave., was a police officer in the Southern District for nearly 30 years, then was a security officer for the National Security Agency for more than 18 years. Circuit Judge William D. Quarles handed down the sentences after Murdock's wife and children made an emotional plea to sentence Williams to life without parole, instead of life with parole, which his lawyer had argued for. "We lost much more than our husband and father," said Murdock's widow, Tamez Murdock. "We lost the nucleus from which our family pivoted." But the Murdocks asked the court to be lenient with Blackman, who has apologized to them for his role. Blackman's mother and former teacher also testified before sentencing, describing him as a devoted father, student and artist. They asked Quarles to reduce Blackman's plea-bargained sentence from 20 years to 10 years, but the judge refused. "It should not be the exception that a high school student passes his courses," Quarles said while handing down the sentence. "To his mother, it is not exceptional he took care of his child that he had out of wedlock." Michael Carroll, 44, the driver during the robbery spree, will be sentenced April 14.

Pub Date: 3/18/00Devider

I want to start this off by saying, what one officer does in one case, is not representative of what all officers do. Just as we wouldn't reward all officers for the heroic actions of a single solitary officer we should not punish, or judge all police for the wrong, or alleged wrong doings of a solitary officer. Truth be told, police officers love K9's we rely on them to help solve crime, find guns, lost people, drugs, explosives etc. Not only working dogs, but many officers have dogs as part of their families. I myself have a 17 Month old King Shepard that stands more than 30" from floor to shoulder. We all know how quickly a dog becomes part of a family, and like any family member we wouldn't want anyone bringing harm to them. So to assume all police are guilty over the alleged actions of one officer is not only wrong, but it is dangerous. We as a society need to be careful who we bring into our groups, and stop following trends to buy into whatever damaging crap is being sold through social media. Using common sense to learn facts. Recently one of the protest organizers from Ferguson took a "Shoot, Don't Shoot" course, and realized how fast these things happen, how quickly things can go wrong, and that police are the ones with their hands tied, the ones with all the rules. We need to learn the truth, and not rely on rumor... and the untrained to tell us the trained should react to those that resist. Ask yourself, about the credibility of the source before you take up a protest that in the end will have you being the one lead like sheep into slaughter.

Now in this case - Maryland's top medical examiner is prepared to testify on behalf of a Baltimore police officer facing criminal charges for slitting a dog's throat, after reviewing evidence and determining the dog was already dead when the cutting occurred. In this case, most of us do not have any of the "Facts" yes,  "Facts" of the case, we have the story, a basic account of the events that took place, but do we have "Facts" and I would say, "No!", I should also say, aside from our K9 unit, a group of police that obviously love their K9 family; many officers have dogs as their family pets. Parts of their families that they have come to love, and care for. I turn 50 last April, and until June of 2014 I had not had a pet dog, in June my wife and I rescued an 11 month German Shepard, that we later learned was a King Shepard. His name is, "Turk" named after the first K9 dog in Baltimore. And our Dog is part of our family, we all love him, and he appears to care for us too. And if you go to Baltimore Police Twitter account you'll see many officers enjoying their dogs, with their family. So let's not think for a second this is something normal for police. Now let’s also not fall into the trap of judging without facts... this is why we have courts, to preset all facts, not rumor or hearsay. Let's take a look at it this way, assuming the second officer thought the dog was in pain, he working off information from the first officer, may have felt he was doing good by putting the officer out of misery. There were rumors the dog had bitten several people, coupled with more info that the dog was either ill or injured.

Officer Jeffrey Bolger's case is scheduled for trial Thursday after he pleaded not guilty to two counts of animal mutilation, one of animal cruelty and one of misconduct in office. He is accused of killing the dog, a Shar-Pei named Nala, in June even though the animal had been brought under control with a dog pole.

Lawyers for officer accused of killing dog ask Bernstein to reconsider case 

Attorneys for Bolger have filed a motion to dismiss the case, citing the determination from David R. Fowler, Maryland's chief medical examiner. The attorneys also contend that evidence has been lost and that prosecutors did not follow procedure when filing the charges. Bolger's attorneys argued in September that officers on the scene did not have proper equipment to sedate the dogor place it into an animal carrier, and are authorized to euthanize a dog. 

"He used his knife in a fashion intended to cause the dog the least amount of pain and place the public in the least amount of danger," they said. But in their latest motion, the lawyers say they have two non-police witnesses who say the dog was "lifeless for approximately five minutes while on the dog pole" and that two police witnesses will testify that the dog "appeared to have strangulated itself prior to the dog pole being removed."

This is Sarah Gossard,
owner of 7-year-old Shar-Pei Nala.
(Baltimore Sun)

"Agent Bolger could not be certain whether the dog had died or was dying and unconscious after it was removed from the dog pole," attorneys Steven H. Levin and Charles N. Curlett Jr. wrote. "Consequently, in the event that it was still alive, Agent Bolger wanted to end its suffering." The attorneys say Fowler will testify for the defense that the lack of blood where the cutting occurred shows that the dog's heart had already stopped beating.

"In other words, Agent Bolger did not kill the stray dog," the attorneys wrote.

Fowler's conclusion contrasts with the findings of a necropsy performed by a doctor working for the city's animal control. She determined that a cut to an artery caused the dog's death. Bolger's attorneys say her conclusion is "impossible to draw" because the dog's head was removed before the evaluation. Fowler confirmed that he had consulted with the defense. The medical examiner's office performs autopsies and other forensic investigations, and Fowler said it has occasionally done work involving animals. Bolger's attorneys also say the dog pole used in the case was not preserved by police, and the dog's collar and tag are missing. Nala got loose from her home in Canton after slipping through a gate her owner, Sarah Gossard, did not realize had been left open. The dog wandered into Brewers Hill, where police said a woman tried to stop the dog and find its home. Police say the dog bit the woman, though she described it as a minor "nip." A witness reported hearing Bolger say, "I'm going to [expletive] gut this thing," according to a police report. A second officer, Thomas Schmidt, is also charged in the case and accused of holding the dog down while its throat was cut.

The mayor and top police officials denounced the officers.

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Erring Patrolmen and Temptation 

The Sun (1837-1987); Oct 22, 1953;  pg. 20

Erring Patrolmen

And Temptation

One of the occupational hazards which goes with membership in a police department is temptation. The bookmaker, the professional pick-pocket and the racketeer are all too ready and willing to pay· for protection. The temptations do not stop here. They run along the whole line, sometimes hazy and sometimes clear, between right and wrong. To, point to these observe lions is not to cast reflections on the members of our own Police Department. The department deserves credit because so many of its members are loyal citizens, who fully meet their special responsibilities. It deserves no discredit for the few who fail. But, human nature being what it is, it is the few who fail who attract attention.

The Police Department is presently suffering from a rash of charges against patrolmen. It is a very small rash which has drawn the spotlight only because it concerns not the periodic single case but three separate, simultaneous ones. This is unusual here in Baltimore. This is neither the time nor the place to express judgment on the cases. Hearings have yet to be held. But certainly the way to deter weak patrolmen from taking the wrong path is to do just what Col. Beverly Ober, police commissioner, is doing now-crack down quick when signs of trouble first develop.


Wickham: 'Lady Law' would frown on Baltimore

DeWayne Wickham, 5:19 p.m. EDT September 22, 2014

City's first exemplary black officer would have disapproved of taped brutality case.


  (Photo: YouTube)


BALTIMORE — You've got to wonder what Violet Whyte would think of Vincent Cosom.

In 1937, Whyte became Baltimore's first black police officer. At first, the 40-year-old married mother of four children was given only a badge and a call box key. But eventually, she obtained full police powers. Throughout her career, Whyte was part social worker, part cop. She organized holiday drives to collect food and clothing for needy families, most of them black. After she brought down a drug gang by going undercover as an addict, she was called to testify before the Kefauver Committee, a U.S. Senate panel that investigated organized crime. During her 30-year career, Whyte rose to the rank of lieutenant and was affectionately known as "Lady Law." Cosom — a black officer on what is now a majority non-white police force in a city that is 63% black — is not likely to be remembered so fondly. He became a cop in this city six years ago. Three months ago, Cosom was caught on a neighborhood police surveillance camera pummeling 32-year-old Kollin Truss near a bus stop on the city's east side. At no time did Truss fight back. During a portion of this beat down, a white officer is seen on the video clenching Truss' right arm but doing nothing to stop Cosom's onslaught. Another white officer can be seen in the video pushing away Truss' girlfriend, Stephanie Coleman, who tried to stand between Cosom and Truss to stop the brutal attack. All the while, Cosom is bouncing around on his toes with his fists at the ready like a prize fighter, waiting to finish off a defenseless opponent. Truss was arrested and charged with resisting arrest.

In Cosom's incident report, according to Washington, D.C., television station WJLA, he offered this explanation for his action: "At this time I went to place the male under arrest. He got into a fighting stance and clenched his fist. Me and the male got into a physical altercation due to me being in fear of my safety and I received a punch to the body." Truss spent three days in jail before that bogus charge was dropped. But it wasn't until the video of the attack on him was released last week as part of a $5 million lawsuit that the police department took any action against Cosom. He was suspended — with pay. As news of what Cosom did broke, Baltimore's mayor and police chief distanced themselves from the rogue cop and the department's mishandling of this case. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the failure of cops to move quickly against Cosom was "outrageous." Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said he, too, was upset by what he saw on the videotape. City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young told The Baltimore Sun the city shouldn't waste any tax dollars fighting Truss' lawsuit. News of this incident comes as communities as far flung as New York City and Ferguson, Mo., are grappling with questionable clashes between white cops and black residents. The video also surfaced about the same time a study was released that cited flaws in the way Baltimore's police department investigates cops accused of wrongdoing.

The remedy, many argue, is for police departments to hire more black officers.

Back in 1937, Whyte told The Evening Sun that her appointment as the city's first black cop bore a double responsibility. "The first responsibility is to the job — to do it well," she said. The second, Whyte said, as the first black police officer on the force, was to do nothing that would make the commissioner sorry he had given her the job. On both those points, I think Whyte, who died in 1980, would agree that Cosom was a poor choice to follow in her footsteps.

DeWayne Wickham, dean of Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism and Communication, writes on Tuesdays for USA TODAY.

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Baltimore’s Police Department a Checkered Career
(25 April 1937)

 Corruption of Force and "Know Nothing".
Led To Abuse, and State Intervention

 Free Elections Assured the After Writing
Intimidation of Voters of Earlier Day

The anomaly of the local police force maintained by municipal funds being under the control of the state agency obtains in only three of the 10 largest cities in the country – Boston, St. Louis and Baltimore. This gives rise to an especially peculiar situation here with General Charles D Gaither’s third term as police Commissioner coming to an end in May. His successor will be appointed by Gov. nice, who was reelected at the polls by this city in 1934 and who was carried in the office only on the strength of the County vote.
Beginning of the state authority over the city police states back to the most disgraceful error in local history. From its origin in 1784 to 1860, the police force had been under the control of the local officials, by that time however, three or four decades of ebullient politics had contaminated and that body had become so corrupt and so inefficient that the state was compelled to assume authority over it. In 1860, the legislator enacted a law creating a board of four police commissioners, but subsequent legislation made the commissioners appointed by the governor and later established a single Commissioner in place of the board. General Gaither, appointed by the late Gov. Ritchie in 1920 was the first single head.


Sporadic writing and mob violence especially around election time had by 1825 already one for the city the soubriquet Mobtown. But the Mobtown epoch in local history is generally considered to have lived and died contemporaneously with the heeler party. Because it was not until the introduction of this party locally the politics found the lowest depths of depravity and democracy here at least met its gravest challenge. Preaching and anti-alien, anti-catholic doctrine, the heelers known also as the American party first appear here as a secret order in 1852 probably in the month of October the time, however, was not yet ripe for such a movement to make an impression, the old parties being two in trenched for this newcomer to edge into the field. But the temper of pre-Civil War politics was rapidly melting the national Solidarity of the old parties and as they weekend nationally, so they did locally. The heelers appealing to do considerable anti-alien sentiment Latins in the city and counties, made the most of the situation.


in 1854 there Mayoralty candidates one in Cumberland in Hagerstown; in 1855, they added Annapolis and Williamsport. In 1856 they completed their meteoric rise. The city and 13 out of 21 counties were now ranged in their column. With its first taste of success, the party had discarded its secrecy and division into covert councils and then reorganize itself into clubs bearing such candidly prophetic names as the Plug Uglies, Tigers, Rough Skins, Bloody Tubs (Blood Tubs) and Black Snakes. In educating the public, these clubs recognized no law. It became their duty to stuff the ballot boxes and terrify the opposition. Their methods, or rather their implements, of persuasion, were shoemakers oils, slingshots, truncheons, butcher knives, pistols, muskets and in one instance a small canon. Scores of dissidents were hustled and the damp cellars until the balloting was over. They were beaten and robbed in the process. Others were forcibly intoxicated and rushed to the polls to vote the right way. Incendiarism is him was not infrequently practiced. The opposition’s pre-election meetings were ruthlessly broken up. After one election, eight were reported killed, 150 injured. Not only men but little boys were said to have gone around armed with guns Dohring. Some political excitement. In one instance a small cannon was brought in the play. In this manner, half of the electorate was deprived of the right to vote. What were the police doing all this while? Part 1856, they had put forth some effort to quell disturbances and preserve order. But they had been unable to cope with the situation for two reasons. First, the other parties had been employing the elections techniques just as diabolical as the heelers, albeit was somewhat more discretion and conscience; and second bed not been properly upheld by the magistrates in the discharge of their duty.


in one line the police commanded by one Capt. Brown, of the Western district arrested one man more than 100 times, only to have him released in each instance by the magistrate. Police officers at that time claimed that they would arrest from 25 to 50 miscreants in one night, but there prosecution would go to naught and their prisoners to their homes. Perhaps no single event or person was more characteristic of the debasement of the day than one judge stump of the criminal courts. He was notorious for his loose habits and his disregard of the conventions of civilized society and the dignity of a court. He was frequently picks up by the night watch for his convivial habits. His judicial career and did ultimately with impeachment.


after 1856 police intervention became an impossibility and order a far off abstraction. In that year a heeler Mayor was elected and the force soon became Permian it with partisan politics. The police who previously had been making an attempt, however futile, to enforce the law, now became tools in subverting it. The first hint of reform occurred just before the state elections in 1857. The near anarchy attending every election had been adversely affecting local business. The riding in disorder had scared hundreds of County merchants away from the city and the local tradesmen were determined not to lose out again, consequently, they can bind with those of the electorate who did not participate in party politics and presented being deprived of their vote and argued Gov. Ligon, a Democrat, to take measures toward assuring a peaceful election.


Moved by his sense of duty and undoubtedly, also by his animosity toward the heeler Mayor Swann the governor acquiesced. He came to Baltimore and by letter invited the Mayor to cooperate with him in the enforcement of law during the approaching election... The mayor refused informing the governor that local law enforcement was his business and not the concerns of the state. The governor, disregarding the mayor’s reply proceeded at once to make military arrangements for the maintenance of peace. He ordered Maj. Gen. George H Stewart of the first light division to hold his command ready for service; Maj. Gen. Spear Smith was ordered to enroll six regiments of not less than 600 men each. The arm and equip his force 2000 muskets were barred from the Gov. of Virginia at the same time Governor Ligon issued the following proclamation; “have made credibly informed by a large and respectable number of citizens of Baltimore that serious apprehensions are entertained that the approaching general election is threatened with extreme violence and disorder in this city, sufficient to terrify and keep away from the polls many peaceable voters, unless the civil arm is vigorously interposed for their protection… And having solicited his (the mayor’s) cooperation… And having received from him no favorable response… I hereby proclaim that I have directed the proper military officers to enroll and hold in readiness their respective corpse for active service at once, and especially on the approaching day of the election”


But the military arrangements of the governor did not prosper for in his own words “that class of citizens from though military service is mainly to be expected exhibit at first, indecision, and at last, unwillingness to respond to the call which have been made upon the community” as a result the mayor agreed to appoint 800 special policeman from among the members of the two major parties he refuse nevertheless to choose half the number from the ranks of the Democrats. But nothing came of it. The special police were powerless without the support of the regular force. Those who were to conscientious were told to leave the polls as they had no business there. Many of them tendered their resignations to the mayor before the day was over.


The election was marked by neither right nor bloodshed, but fraud and intimidation rendered it anything but Democratic. The roughs at the polls employed a regular system of signals to indicate the reception to be a cord the voter. For example, as the voter approached he was solicited by the party ward heeler and if he were voting the Heeler ticket, the heeler would cry out; “Clear the way; that the voters,” but if he were to decline the Heeler ticket the healer would set out; “Meet him on the Ice” and the voter would somehow be pushed away from the window, out the back or side door and into the street. When men were assaulted, the police either arrested them or tried to persuade them to leave the polls. The assailants met with almost no opposition. But deliverance from these chicaneries was not far off. The state election of 1859 signaled a decay of the Heeler party. The Heeler carried the city by a large majority. But the counties disgusted with the state of affairs in the city, revoked and went into the Democratic column, the result being that the legislator for the first time in several years was decisively not a ward heeler.


One of the first matters to engage the new legislator’s attention was the question of a proper police force for Baltimore; am one of the first acts passed was one taken control of the police away from the mayor and placing it in the hands of the board of four commissioners elected by legislator. By 1860, the heelers had outlived any definite principles except an attempt to obtain public office. In the local election of that year, they made their last stand. But weakened by internal wrangling and missing the aid and comfort of a friendly police force, they were forced to retreat never to reappear on a local political front. The Civil War came the following year in 1861 and claim the energy of those turbulent spirits who had been keeping this city continuously in a state of warfare.


Baltimore was not alone in surrendering control of its police to the state agency. Many another city was also afflicted by receiving politics of middle decades of the 19th century; and many another police force was given to corruption. As a consequence, it became the fashion of the day to relinquish authority in favor of the state. State control has been justified mainly on the grounds the police are primarily occupied with the enforcement of laws passed by legislator and intended to operate uniformly throughout the state. Therefore, it has been argued, they are not agents of a municipality, but rather of the state whose laws they are under oath to execute. On the other hand, the argument is advanced that since the municipality pays for all the maintenance of the police force, it should retain supervisory powers over it. In most instances, nevertheless, with the Reese duration of order, authority has been returned to local hands. But not so here. Probably because the behavior of our police during the last 77 years has not been so bad as to warrant a change and is probably also because a change is not in itself a guarantee of improvement.


The following report is important because of all it says, all it points out...
1st) The Department deserves credit because so many of its members are "Loyal Citizens" too often people speak of the police as if they an army that are coming to get us, they are coming to take our guns, the are coming to violate our rights... wrong folks, they are "Citizens" just like you and me, they want the same things we want, they don't want our guns taken away, they don't want our rights violated... what they want is for us to be able to walk down the street without being robbed, raped or murdered. They want what we all want.. peace. 2nd) "It deserves no discredit for the few who fail" The "It" they are refering to is the "Department", more imporatntly the "police that serve for the department", and they are pointing out the obvious, "Don't blame all of us, for the weakness of a few". As a society we are all concerned with not profiling a man or woman based on the the color of their skin, the way they look or dress. We don't want to say because a man is black he is a criminal, because a man is hispanoc he is an illegal alien, a poor man will steal, a lady who dresses too reveialing is not a proper lady; so let us not say the same of our police; because of the weakness of a very few police does not make all police dirty, all police brutal etc.. How do we think the bad police are caught, they are caught by the good police, there are checks and balances, test, decoys, etc. and 99.5% of the time our police pass those test without a single violation. So, to assume all police are dirty, on the take, brutal etc, means you are profiling them, and you are no better than that of which you accuse them. Let's think of the Quote made by Kennedy when he said a communtee gets the kind of law enforcement it demands, why are some aresa better than others, why do some have better police responce.... because in some neighborhoods, the police are called for every infraction, because in some neighborhoods, they help the police, they go to court, they testify against criminals and drive them out. They don't profile the police, throw rocks bottles, etc. cast names and acusations...  3rd) "It's a very small rash which has drawn the spotlight only because it concerns not the periodic single case but three separate, simultaneous ones. This is unusual here in Baltimore." This points out something we have known for years, curuption in the BPD is rare, it is limited, and anyone that is dirty is hiding it well, because police hate dirty police, they know a dirty cop, won't risk his or her life to save a brother/sister officer, and how can you do your job, if you don't have proper or reliable back-up... for this police are quick to out dirty police. More important, here the medai knows we have good police in Baltimore, and so should the public, so take note, when the Baltimore Sun points out that "This is unusual here in Baltimore." and it is.
So please read the article and pay close attention to the messages that are written with-in. Thinking about who is it that arrests the bad police, the answer is, The Good Police!


Pay Forward

Good police are often over shadowed by bad police, Police do good so often it is not unexpected or surprising to see a good deed, or someone going above and beyond. So when I see something like this, while I know it is the norm, I still feel compelled t share it with you. It is a FaceBook Post Date 4 July 2014 for Det Joy Pegues, (Good Cop Police)

Joy Pegues

1 hr · Pasadena, MD · Edited

I posted this on my wall, and wanted to post it here also. "Pay it forward" is finally home after a long night at work. I was supposed to get off at 1am, but the fine citizens of Baltimore didn't let that happen. So last night I had a robbery victim that I interviewed. He was 21, no shoes on, a cut to his right eye, and his right arm had been amputated. I asked what happened, he said that he was sleeping behind a business when he was robbed and assaulted by two guys that stole his shoes, clothes, wallet, and some money. He told me that he wasn't from here and he just wanted to go home. I asked him where was home and he said Florida. Ok I looked at him surprised and asked him how he got here. He said that he and a friend had driven from Florida to New York, and the friend left him stranded. He hitchhiked to Baltimore, and has been trying to get enough money to get back to Florida. Me being a mom, began asking a series of questions, where's your parents, have you talked to them, why haven't they sent money, and the list goes on. He told me his mother doesn't have any extra money to send, he has no contact with his biological father, and his relationship with his step-father isn't the greatest. He said his mother told him if he could get to South Carolina she would pick him up. Now this kid looked tired, hasn't showered, and hasn't been eating. I told him it was his lucky day, because I was going to buy him a bus ticket to Florida. So I went online and purchased a one way ticket for $157.00. He said, "Oh my God thank you, what's your address or phone number so I can send the money back." I told him I don't want the money back, but I do want few things. He asked what, first I told him to never to come to Baltimore again, second when he gets to Florida call and let me know he got there, and third "Pay it Forward." He said, "I promise I will, I'm so happy I'm going home." Another officer bought him some food and took him to the bus station, myself and one of my partners gave him some money for food and to get some flip flops from Walgreens. I know Walgreens was the only place open at 3 am and the closest to the district. I gave him a clean shirt, and some toiletries so he could freshen up. He didn't have a cell phone, so I let him use mine, so he could text his mother to let her know he was coming home. Although his bus doesn't leave until 3pm today, at least he will be in the bus station off the streets. I didn't write this to get a pat on the back, but to say a couple of things: 1. God places people in our lives for certain reasons, and 2. my son is 7 hours away in Buffalo, I pray that if he ever needed help and I wasn't able to get to him that someone would step up and show him some kindness also. Oh yeah and that $157 dollars, I was already blessed-with overtime and my tax return which was delayed because of a clerical error-I received that today also. So with that said I'm going to bed, I have to be back to work in a few hours.

Violent arrest by Baltimore police officer caught on video

A surveillance camera shows a violent arrest made by Baltimore City police in June 2014.
The video shown was obtained from the Baltimore Police Departments "Street Cameras", Showing
Baltimore Police
are looking just as hard to rid the streets of bad police as the citizens. Good Police
don't want to work with a loose canon any more than citizens want to have to worry about coming
into contact with one of these bad cops.
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun - 7:58 p.m. EDT, September 15, 2014

A South Baltimore man filed a lawsuit Monday against a city police officer, accusing the officer of punching him repeatedly during a June arrest — an incident that was captured on video. Kollin Truss and Officer Vincent E. Cosom argued a few moments before the arrest, but a woman with Truss had separated the pair, and Truss was apparently walking away from police when they decided to make an arrest. "This attack was completely unprovoked and served no legitimate law enforcement purpose," Truss' attorneys, Ivan J. Bates and Tony N. Garcia, wrote in a complaint filed in Baltimore Circuit Court. "We are aware of the allegations that have been made," police spokeswoman Lt. Sarah Connolly said in a statement. "The Internal Affairs Division is conducting a thorough investigation and is asking that anyone with any information or evidence pertaining to this incident come forward." Cosom, a six-year veteran, remains on active duty, Connolly said. The police union and Cosom, who made about $69,000 in the last fiscal year, could not be reached for comment. Truss' lawyers provided The Baltimore Sun a portion of the video, which was captured by city surveillance cameras, and a reporter reviewed the entire video. The incident began in the early hours of June 15 outside a liquor store at Greenmount and North avenues, according to the lawsuit. The video has no sound but shows Truss, 32, and Cosom arguing. In a police report on the incident, Cosom wrote that he twice asked Truss to leave the area. But while heading into the store, Cosom wrote, Truss replied with an expletive and added, "I'll see you when I get outside." The video shows Truss talking with Cosom and gesturing with a soda cup before Truss' girlfriend, Stephanie Coleman, came between him and the officer. She began walking with Truss across the street, the video shows. Coleman and Truss crossed to the other side of Greenmount Avenue and were followed by Cosom and two unidentified police officers. At that point, Cosom wrote in a statement of charges, Truss "pushed the female with open hands three times." Cosom wrote that he decided to arrest Truss, but when he approached, Truss adopted a fighting stance and clenched a fist. "Me and the male got into a physical altercation due to me being in fear of my safety, and I received a punch to the body," the officer wrote. The video raises questions about the officer's account. In the footage, Truss had a bag in one hand and Coleman was holding his other arm as they paused near a bus stop. Cosom stepped around a group of bystanders before launching a blow that connected with Truss' upper body, sending him reeling backward, the video shows. Then Cosom delivered a series of punches, some while another officer held Truss' right arm against the side of the bus stop, the video shows. The blows knocked Truss' cap to the ground. According to the lawsuit, Central Booking and Intake Center refused to admit Truss for processing until he saw a doctor, so officers took him to Mercy Medical Center for treatment. Truss — whose criminal record includes convictions for drug offenses and a firearms charge — was charged with assaulting Cosom and Coleman. Coleman could not be reached for comment. Truss' attorneys wrote in the lawsuit that the video does not support Cosom's account. Coleman was pushing Truss down the sidewalk, and any action he took to stop her was legally justified, they wrote. "Truss was in a totally defenseless position, attempting to walk away, when he was beaten by Defendant Officer Cosom," the lawyers wrote. Prosecutors dropped the charges against Truss after reviewing the video, according to the lawsuit, which seeks $5 million in damages. The city state's attorney's office did not respond to a request for comment. Truss alleges that he suffered blows to the head and body during the incident and that the arrest led to his missing work and not being offered any more temp jobs from his agency. The lawsuit makes a number of allegations against Cosom, including assault, battery and false arrest. City police officials say they have been revamping procedures for investigating the use of force by officers, creating an investigative team for such incidents and vowing to be more transparent in the way cases are handled. The department also has posted a list of those cases online; only one of them is noted as being completed. It deals with an April 4 incident involving a man who ran into a parked car while fleeing from police and was left paralyzed. The man was being pursued by two officers, and though witnesses alleged that the man was hit by officers, the investigative team said it found no evidence to support that. Instead, investigators concluded the man tripped and fell, causing his injuries. The two officers, identified only as "Sergeant A" and Detective "B" in the report, as well as two others — identified only as Officers "C" and "D" — were cleared of wrongdoing. The department lists 27 other open investigations into police use of force. Truss' case is not among them. Copyright © 2014


Mayor criticizes police handling of video case and calls for plan to address brutality

Rawlings-Blake says changes needed to Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights

By Luke Broadwater and Erin Cox,

The Baltimore Sun

8:55 PM EDT, September 17, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake criticized the Police Department's handling of a high-profile police brutality investigation on Wednesday, and said she had directed the police commissioner to develop a "comprehensive" plan to address brutality in the agency. Speaking to reporters at City Hall, the mayor said top commanders should have quickly seen a video of an officer repeatedly punching a man, and should have moved immediately to take the officer off the street. "It is outrageous," Rawlings-Blake said of the conduct of the officer shown in the video, whom authorities have identified as Officer Vincent E. Cosom. "We have a situation where we know that video was held by the police, yet the people who needed to see it didn't see it. That's a problem." A police surveillance camera captured the incident on North Avenue the night it happened in June, and a department monitor flagged the footage, officials have said. Though prosecutors and detectives from internal affairs were aware of it, officials said, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said he didn't see it until Monday — the day it was made public as part of a $5 million lawsuit filed against Cosom. Cosom remained on the job until he was suspended with pay Tuesday. "It's clear there is a bottleneck somewhere" that kept top officials from seeing the tape sooner, Rawlings-Blake said. "Everything I saw was a concern to me. It wasn't handled right [during] the incident. It wasn't handled right afterward. Either we don't have the right procedures or they weren't enforced. Either way, we have to do better." She said she was prepared to lead a charge to weaken Maryland's police "Bill of Rights," which some critics say is too protective of officers. The law mandates that disciplinary actions against police go through a three-person trial board that makes decisions based on the preponderance of the evidence. Before the board's decision, the police commissioner may suspend an officer without pay only if he or she is charged with a felony. The law gives officers 10 days to get an attorney before they can be questioned by superiors, and lets the attorney strike members of the trial board hearing the case. Additionally, the law states an officer may not be investigated on a brutality accusation unless it was made within 90 days of the incident. Several Baltimore lawmakers said they planned to seek changes to the law, but supporters of the act warned against sweeping changes that could undermine an officer's rights. Gene Ryan, vice president of the city police union, said the law simply gives an officer "his day in court." "She's been giving it a bad rap. It's a due process law," Ryan said of the mayor. "If the investigation proves this officer was wrong in what he did, he should be punished. Let's give him his chance first." Del. John W. E. Cluster Jr., a Baltimore County Republican and former law enforcement officer, said diluting the bill of rights could lead to public officials firing officers for political reasons, not necessarily because the officer had done anything wrong. And Cluster said the bill of rights already allows for officers to be fired for even minor infractions if they reflect poorly on the Police Department. He warned against changes that would give superiors "too broad of leeway to fire someone without giving them due process." The video footage from the North Avenue incident appears to show Cosom launching an unprovoked attack on a man named Kollin Truss at a bus stop. Cosom lands a series of blows on Truss. Two other officers are seen in the video not intervening. Police identified those officers Wednesday evening as Officer Dominic Gerber, a five-year veteran with the department, and Officer Christopher Dunlap, a two-year veteran. Batts has said he was shocked and outraged by the video. City prosecutors have said there is a criminal investigation into the matter, while police said they planned to present a case to a grand jury. Cosom will continue to collect his paycheck while on leave. His base salary is $61,000; with overtime, he earned $69,000 last year. "I thought it was very important that he be off the streets," Rawlings-Blake said. "I've looked at [the video] several times. I've tried to figure out under what circumstances that was the right thing to do. I can't figure it out. I don't want to see this type of thing happen again." Del. Curtis S. Anderson, who chairs the city's House delegation in Annapolis, said Baltimore's lawmakers were eager to partner with the mayor on the effort to change the law. Anderson said some want to see the city's Civilian Review Board granted more powers. "Several of us have already been talking about taking a look at it," he said. "The civilian review board doesn't really have any teeth. It doesn't require the mayor or the police commissioner to act in any specific way. They don't have the ability to redress grievances. If people feel powerless that's not a good thing for us." Del. Jill P. Carter has unsuccessfully submitted several bills in recent years to change the law, including one that would have forced police to post all disciplined officers' names online along with their infractions. Another would eliminate the 10-day wait before an officer can be interrogated. Carter did win passage of a bill called "Christopher's Law" — named after Baltimore County teen Christopher Brown, who was killed by an officer — that requires additional training of police. "Yes, we need to reform the police officer's Bill of Rights, not just because of this video but because of many incidents," Carter said. "Maryland gives more rights to law enforcement officers than any state in the country." The mayor acknowledged that getting legislation passed could be difficult. "Whether or not I will be able to single-handedly get them passed in the legislature, I have no idea. But I'm willing to fight." News of the incident involving Cosom comes after Rawlings-Blake held a series of meetings with community members, in which many voiced concerns about police brutality. "It's very clear we need a comprehensive set of reforms to deal with the issue of police brutality and that's what I have asked for from the police department," she said. "We have some really, really good officers on the street. When something like this happens, it casts a cloud over all of those officers." Democrat Del. Steven J. DeBoy, a former Baltimore County officer, said he was moved watching the footage of the incident. "On paper, and on video, it looks terrible," he said. "But let internal affairs do their job." He said the reasons for passing the police "Bill of Rights" 40 years ago apply today. "It's very easy to make allegations in this occupation, because you're always dealing with situations that go from zero to 10 in a matter of seconds." But DeBoy also said that the investigating eyewitness accounts decades ago was a much more time-consuming process than today, when video cameras are everywhere. In light of widespread videotaping, he said he would cautiously consider revamping pieces of the law. "With technology changing, maybe that's something you take a look at," DeBoy said. Nina Smith, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley, said he hoped the General Assembly would take a balanced approach if members consider changes to the law. "It's important to strike the right balance between punishing wrongdoers and ensuring there's a fair process for everyone," Smith said. "It'll be up to the next General Assembly to evaluate whether that balance needs to be re-calibrated."

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Mistrial declared as Shanahan jury splits
Mar 22, 1984
Karen E Warmkessel
The Sun (1837-1989); Mar 22, 1984; pg. A1
Mistrial declared as jury splits
A mistrial was declared yesterday in the case of a 29-year-old city police
Officer charged with the death of a motorcyclist last summer, after the
Jury announced it could not reach a unanimous verdict.
The Baltimore Circuit Court jury was split 8 to 4 in favor of acquitting
Officer Shanahan of the manslaughter charge was split 6-6 on whether he was. guilty of using a handgun in a crime of violence, the jury forewoman said last night. "I felt there was more that a reasonable doubt. The State did not prove [its case) beyond a reasonable .doubt," said Ray Grollman, the forewoman, who voted for acquittal "We tried." She said the jurors were "hung up from the beginning. A few jurors felt that be was guilty from the beginning.

They did not waver [for] a moment "I would not have had any trouble bringing back a guilty verdict if the state bad proven its case," she said. Miss Grollnian said the jurors also had a problem with the handgun charge. "Everyone interpreted it their own way." Prosecutors would not say whether they intend to retry Officer Shanahan for the death of Booker Lee Lancaster, a 49-year-old Clifton Parkman who was shot in the 2100 block Harford road last July 13. Kurt L. Scbmoke, the city state's attorney, said he will announce his decision at a 10 a.m. press conference today. The jurors - five women and seven men - deliberated about 12 hoursover two days Twice they     declared they were deadlocked yesterday, and twice   Thomas E. Noel sent them back to resolve their differences. Finally, about 4:15 p.m., the jury sent the judge a note saying: "Discussion has stopped. We are no longer communicating. People not willing to discuss differences." ...Judge Noel declared the mistrial shortly after 6 p.m. after Miss Grollman infonned him the panel was "hopelessly deadlocked." Afterward, Officer Shanahan, a 10-year member of the city police force who has been suspended Without pay since August, said he was "disappointed" that the jury had not 'reached a decision. "It's a shame," he said. "You can't do any more than tell the truth." Outside the courthouse, Amanda Lancaster, ·Mr. 'Lancaster's widow, leaned against a car and stared angrily toward the Lexington street entrance as people filed from the building, "I don't think it was fair," she said in a soft voice. "No, I don't think it was a-fair trial." She said she hopes Mr. Shanahan is retried. The jury deliberated for six hours Tuesday, spent the night at a downtown hotel and resumed deliberations at 10 a.m. yesterday. Shortly before noon, they sent out a note asking for clarification of the manslaughter and handgun charges. Several of their questions indicated they were confused about the charge of using a handgun in a violent crime. They wanted to know, for example, if self-defense is a crime of violence. They also asked for a legal definition of a crime of violence. Judge Noel tried to answer their questions and sent them back to deliberate. At 12:19 p.m., they sent out another note: "We are deadlocked."

Judge Noel reminded the jurors of all the time and effort that bad gone into the trial and sent them back to the jury room. They returned at 4:10 p.m. and said they had made no progress. Five minutes later, they sent out· the note saying they had stopped talking altogether. Tuesday, the jury bad asked whether, if they found the officer· innocent of manslaughter, they would have to find him innocent of the handgun charge as well During . the three-week ·trial, Officer Shanahan, who was off-duty at the time of the shooting, contended he shot Mr. Lancaster in self-defense after the motorcyclist punched him and started to reach for a knife he wore in a sheath on his bell He said be shot Mr. Lancaster a second time after he drew the knife and kept coming toward him. Prosecutors contended that Mr. Lancaster never threatened the policeman with his knife and that Officer Shanahan used excessive force. A large hunting knife was found next to Mr. Lancaster's body. At the time of the shooting, conflicting reports about how the knife got there sparked allegations of a police cover-up and prompted Mr. Schmoke to ask for a grand jury probe. The case also became an issue in last summer's mayor campaign. The conflict was never really resolved in court. One witness said she saw Officer Shanahan remove the knife from the sheath and place it next to the body, while other witnesses said they saw the officer pull the knife out from under the body. The officer himself testified he took the knife out of Mr. Lancaster's hand in an effort to disarm him.. None of the witnesses, except Officer Shanahan, .said they saw Mr. Lancaster draw the knife. According to testimony, the incident started when Mr. Lancaster made a U-turn in the 2400 block Harford road to retrieve his goggles, which !:ad fallen in the street. One witness said be saw the officer say something to Mr. Lancaster as he drove around him. He said he saw Mr. Lancaster take off after the officer and start punching him through the open window of his car.

Officer Shanahan· testified he did not know why Mr. Lancaster attacked him. He said the motorcyclist accused him of cutting him off, but be said he told Mr. Lancaster he didn't think he bad done that he told the jurors he was certain that he would be hurt or killed. He said the motorcyclist, who was 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 250 pounds, was "so large, so hostile and angry ... I felt he wanted me. He wanted some of Danny Shanahan." During the trial, prosecutors sought to portray Officer Shanahan as a hotheaded policeman who has been disciplined several times, but the defense tried to paint bin; as a dedicated officer who has receive three bronze stars and a silver star for outstanding work. The defense also tries to show that he has been in life-threatening situations where he has not used begun. "Is this a trigger-happy punk kid in uniform and out of uniform?" James R White, the defense lawyer, asked the jury during dosing arguments. "I think not." In his closing argument, Clifton J. Gordy, Jr, an assistant state's attorney, stressed the officer's previous scrapes - in particular, a 1977 incident in which the officer became involved in a fight over an alleged traffic violation.

While the jury was deliberating yesterday, Judge Noel held separate hearings on motions filed by the A.S.A. Bell Publishing Company, the publisher of The Baltimore Sun, and the Hearst Corporation; which publishes The News American and operates WBAL-TV, to gain access to the names and addresses of the jurors. On Monday, Judge Noel bad ruled the press could not see the court file containing the jurors' names. The lawyers argued that the newspapers had a right to the information, which is public record. But Judge Noel refused to, rule on the motions, saying the lawyers had not cited cases to show the publishers had any right to intervene at this stage of the case. The judge expressed com that the rights of the jurors would be violated if their names and addresses were disclosed without their consent Reporter Roger' Twigg contributed to this article.


Shanahan cleared; jury takes 7 hours
Amy Goldstein Katie Gunther
The Sun (1837-1989); Nov 17, 1984;

Shanahan cleared; jury takes 7 hours

Baltimore Police Officer Daniel J, Shanahan whose first trial ended in a hung jury, was acquitted last night of manslaughter in the shooting death of a motorcyclist following a traffic dispute in July, 1983. After a city Circuit Court jury returned its verdict at 9:30 p.m., Officer Shanahan fell against his lawyer and then slumped over the defendant's table, weeping openly. His parents comforted him for several minutes, and when his sobs diminished, he said: "I started losing a lot of faith in the criminal justice system. I started calling it the criminal injustice system. "But now," he said, "it's back." "I've never In my life been so glad to be proven wrong," said James R. White, the officer's attorney, who bad consistently argued that Mr. Shanahan, who is white, could not get a fair trial in predominantly black Baltimore. The lawyer, who bad twice sought unsuccessfully to have the trial moved, added, "I've been saying he couldn't get a fair trial, and this proved he did. "Glancing around at the court room full of tearful friends and relatives of his client, Mr. White said, “I can't stand all this Irish sentiment. Why don't we have a drink." Phillip Dantes, an assistant state's attorney who prosecuted the case, said, "We're satisfied the jury took its job very seriously. The state got a fair trial." The jury of 10 women and two men deliberated about 7 1/2hours before finding in favor of the 29-year-old officer. Last night, Barbara Lucas, the jury foreman, said the panel did not believe the state had proven "all the elements of the manslaughter." She also said the races of the white defendant and the victim, who was black, were "absolutely never an issue" in the deliberations. Yesterday's jury was half white, half black. The jury started to deliberate at 12:30 p.m., after hearing 2 1/2 hours of closing arguments by attorneys and instructions from Judge Thomas Noel During the trial Mr. Shanahan and his attorney had contended the officer acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Booker Lee Lancaster in the 2100 block Harford road on 13 July, 1983, after the motorcyclist punched him and threatened him with a knife. City prosecutors, however, argued that Officer Shanahan used excessive force in shooting Mr. Lancaster, and that the victim's knife remained in its sheath throughout the altercation. By late yesterday afternoon. It appeared that the jury was having difficulty reaching a decision. On two occasions - at 3:50 p.m. and at 5:20 p.m. - Judge Noel called them back to the courtroom to answer questions sent to him. It seemed that the thorniest problem for the jurors was deciding what constitutes manslaughter, the charge Officer Shanahan faced. By the end of the day, Judge Noel bad read his lengthy definition of manslaughter five times. The jury also asked about a departmental reprimand that Officer Shanahan had received a few weeks before the shooting. Officer Shanahan said after the verdict that because of the jurors' apparent difficulty in arriving at a decision, he thought by nightfall that this trial like the one last spring, would end in a hung jury. When they rapped on the door to the jury room, to let a guard know I they had arrived at a verdict, he said afterward, "I just lost it I didn't know what would happen." I While waiting for the lawyers to assemble in the courtroom, Officer Shanahan proceeded nervously, chewing gum and talking quietly with friends. Before the foreman announced the decision, Judge Noel tersely instructed the crowd In the courtroom, I which included Loyola College students on assignment for a class, "There will be no outburst in the I courtroom." His admonition was to no avail, as friends and family members began crying and hugging one another. During the trial, which began November 5, prosecutors produced several witnesses who testified that they did not see a knife in Mr. Lancaster's hand when he was shot by Officer Shanahan.

One witness said she saw the officer remove the motorcyclist's knife - kept In a sheath on the left side of his belt - and place it under Mr. Lancaster after he had been shot. "Four people, looking at the scene of the shooting from four different angles... all saw (Mr. Laucaster's) right hand and his left hand and all testified they saw nothing in either band. Where was the knife at that time, Shanahan?” assistant state's attorney Phillip G. Dantes said in his closing arguments. In an unusual move, Mr. White declined to present a defense when asked to do so Thursday. Mr. Shanahan did not take the stand. In the retrial, prosecutors dropped a handgun charge, which carries a mandatory prison sentence, to avoid confusion on the part of the jurors. They said the jury in the first trial did not know whether finding the officer guilty of the handgun charge meant they also had to convict him of manslaughter. In closing arguments yesterday, Mr. Dantes and deputy state's attorney Stuart Simms hammered away at Officer Shanahan‘s version of the struggle with Mr. Lancaster, "He says … it was a hand-to-hand struggle," Mr. Dantes said, "Where are the cuts, the bruises, the scrapes, the scratches, the torn clothes, the bumps, Danny Shanahan?

"Ladies and gentlemen, this case is about a cover-up," he said. For his part, Mr. White focused on discrepancies in the testimony of witnesses called by the state. He added that he believed the witnesses' testimony to be suspect because they were probably not concentrating on Mr. Lancaster's condition, but on whether they were threatened by the officer's gunfire. "That's a lot of corned beef and cabbage to sell for 25 cents, ladies and gentlemen," he said. Mr. White stressed that Officer Shanahan, who was shorter than Mr. Lancaster, feared that he might be killed by the motorcyclist, who apparently was angry at the officer for cutting him off in traffic.


It's important to realize police deserve at least the same rights as those they are arresting, and to remember we are all innocent until proven guilty. We also need to have trust in Due Process, and this important for a Mayor to remember and remind citizens of, it may be the only way to keep the calm. The truth of the matter about the Police Officer's Bill of Rights is, that this bill provides protections to give police time to seek legal guidance, the department has never liked the bill, as they have always wanted to be able to use the officers job as leverage to force officers to give a statement (without legal counsel), even a career criminal has Miranda Rights and can plead the 5th. Without the Police Officers Bill of Rights, they can force officers to make self-incriminating (useless) statements without council. I'll give an example, in 1992 there was a police involved shooting; Police were called for an armed subject walking with a female, the male was described as wearing an all blue sweat suite, the woman was wearing a long leather coat – it was May and long coat weather had long since passed, so a few blocks up from where the call came out a suspect was spotted, he was wearing all blue, with a female that was wearing a long leather coat, and a second male had joined them, he was wearing all black) As this group was stopped the suspect grabbed the guy dressed in all black and used him as a human shield as he was hiding behind this person later identified as his own brother he raised a gun in preparation to shoot one of the officers, (there were three officers on scene) The first officer shot the suspect, his round passed this human shield striking the suspect, preventing him from getting his shot off, when the suspect fell, the shield attempted to run away, the third officer on scene attempted to hold him as a necessary witness, but he continued in his attempt to flee, leading the officer to have to take him to the ground, in order to prevent him from leaving. The 1st officer (the one who fired the shot, said he would wait for an FOP attorney before giving a statement. The 2nd Officer the one who would have been shot, also elected to wait for an FOP attorney. The 3rd Officer knowing he did nothing wrong decided he would give a statement without an attorney present; bear in mind all three officers knew it was a good shoot. But, there are issues at stake other than good shoot vs bad shoot. In the end the officer that gave a statement without council had charges brought up on him, for excessive force, because of language he used, language a lawyer would have prevented him from using (or helped to explain). That officer's case was basically stetted, but it was unnecessary stress, and stress that would have been avoided had he waited for an attorney. Something that is being pointed out in the Bill of Rights is that Officers have 10 days to make a statement... They want a statement that day... Criminals have an unlimited amount of time to make a statement, and or can refuse to make a statement at all. Police don’t have that luxury. Police all will make a statement, everything will go on record. Police deserve at least the same right as they, who they are arresting, and 10 days is more than fair. Had the officer in the aforementioned case had time to calm down from a situation where his partners and he were not just facing a life or death situation and came out alive, adrenaline is pumping, had he taken the time to calm down he wouldn't have phrased something in a way that caused him to be charged, in affect when an officer takes a prisoner down, they don't gently lay them on the ground, they are tripped, and or thrown to the ground, the officer is going down just as fast, and just as hard… as it is a take down. So while, "Taking him down" and "Throwing him to the ground" are the same thing, because the officer without and attorney said, "I threw him to the ground" and for the same action, but different wording the officer had charges lodged against him, he was eventually cleared when they couldn't find evidence that he had done anything wrong (out of training). Police Officers could be drinking a coffee one minute and fighting for the life of our citizens the next, and when you go from 0 to 100 in just a few seconds, you need time to come back down before you start trying to explain your actions. Keep in mind police reports are still being written on the events, evidence and often these reports are helpful, but the evidence is proof that locks things in and assures us of the facts. This recent case where the officer attacked the guy on the bus stop, if for no other reason in the world, (and I don’t see how he could not be found guilty) but if for nothing else he will lose his job over the false report, and the evidence… So police are still locking themselves into the events through their reports, and evidence but to talk to someone that could lead to their being charged criminally, and then to be forced to do it… People need to think, first, if a statement is taken by force, that statement is no good in court, so while we may have an officer fired, we might never get criminal prosecution. I think for anyone to think the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights is what’s causing problems, they are nothing thinking things through... They are just appeasing those that don’t fully understand the law. It is simple, with Miranda a person has a right to an attorney, they have a right to remain silent… what is being suggested by altering or ending the Police Officers Bill of Rights, is to force them to give statements before 10 days… well any forced statement can’t be held up in court. So sure we can fire them from the force, but if we can’t charge them criminally, are we not just giving them another break…a Break that will help keep them from being prosecuted. They deserve council to prevent using poor wording that could lead to charges being filed that don’t need to be filed against the innocent, and to prevent a guilty from getting off on a technicality. Even though in the shooting case he was rightfully cleared. That said, no one wants to see an officer that should be fired and do some jail time, only be fired, because the statements he gave are not admissible. If we force anyone to give a statement against their will, those statements are no admissible in court. So let’s not focus on false hopes, when instead we can look to see what works, and make changes. Let’s not stand in one place and point the finger at those we don’t like, or don’t care for; instead, let’s see what it will take to effect change.  


Ex-city police officer gets 14 years for bank robberies

He stole $250,000, lost much of it gambling

March 03, 2001|By Gail Gibson | Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF

A former Baltimore police lieutenant who robbed two city banks at gunpoint to feed a gambling addiction was sentenced yesterday to 14 years in federal prison after he tearfully apologized for the pain he had caused his family and fellow officers. "I was a good person for a lot of years," Michael Timothy Snow said, sobbing as he stood before a federal judge and a packed courtroom. "I loved being a cop. I am ashamed to be here today." Snow, 39, once recognized nationally for his police work, admitted last year that he committed four robberies at two bank branches in southern Baltimore. Federal authorities said Snow stole more than $250,000, much of which he gambled away in slot machines at Delaware racetracks. For Baltimore police, Snow's arrest was a high-profile corruption case. The 19-year veteran brandished his police-issued Glock 9 mm handgun during two of the robberies and visited one branch in uniform two days before he returned in a disguise to rob it, according to FBI agents. In one robbery, he struck the branch manager on the back of the head with his gun and locked three employees in a closet. In handing down yesterday's sentence, U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz called the case a tragedy. The saddest irony, Motz told Snow, is that "the profession you love and devoted yourself to is a victim of your actions." Motz ordered Snow to undergo treatment for his gambling addiction and urged him to find ways in prison, and after his release, to continue doing the kind of good deeds he performed for almost two decades on the city police force. "There is only one thing you said that you were wrong - that you used to be a good person," Motz said. "You have as much good in you today as you did the day that you were born." In halting speech to the judge, Snow said his one ambition was to be a good cop. He talked about shooting a man who was stabbing his wife as their child looked on. Snow also recounted his frantic efforts to save a small girl who had been injured when the intoxicated driver of the car she was riding in slammed into a building. "I couldn't save her," Snow said, telling how he tried to resuscitate the toddler as she was being rushed to the hospital. "That's the face that sticks out most." In 1993, Snow was one of nine officers nationwide to receive honorable mentions for Police Officer of the Year, sponsored by Parade magazine and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Even from jail, Snow helped fight crime. He testified during the murder trial of Jonathon David Smith in Easton this week that while confined in the Talbot County Detention Center during the past year, Smith confessed to Snow his role in the stabbing death in 1987 of 64-year-old Adeline Virginia "Curly" Wilford. Smith was convicted Thursday. "I've had lots of bad days over the last 10 months," Snow told Motz yesterday about his time in jail. "Christmas and Thanksgiving were terrible. But last Friday, I couldn't talk to anybody, because that would have been my 20th anniversary with the police force." Snow did not speak in court about his gambling problem. Before FBI agents arrested him in May for the bank robberies, though, there had been signs of trouble. In August 1998, Snow was charged in state court with robbing a tow truck driver in Baltimore County. Prosecutors dismissed the charges, but Snow was assigned to desk duty and stripped him of his arrest powers. Snow pleaded guilty in December in federal court to bank robbery, armed bank robbery and use of a handgun in a violent crime.

Authorities said he held up two branches of Bay Vanguard Federal Savings Bank - one in the 1500 block of E. Fort Ave. twice and one in the 1200 block of Light St. twice - from December 1996 to May 1999. Snow was armed in three robberies. He carried his police weapon twice and once displayed a gun authorities said was his own. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Welsh said Snow owes restitution of more than $200,000 to the bank and its bonding company. Acknowledging that it is unlikely Snow will be able to repay that amount, Motz directed Snow to pay $50 a month during the five years of supervised release he must serve after leaving prison. Snow will not receive his city pension and is financially ruined, Assistant U.S. Public Defender James Wyda said. But the greatest toll has been on his family, Wyda said. Snow is divorced and has a young son, Michael. He is engaged to remarry. Snow told Motz he considered suicide after his arrest but knew he could not inflict any more pain on his family. "I wouldn't be here today if I had ended this, but I could never do that to them," he said. Many of Snow's relatives, former colleagues and friends were in the courtroom yesterday morning and wept softly when Snow spoke. Three bank employees also were in court. In written statements to Motz, they said the case had shaken their faith in local police. William Welch was the manager who was hit in the head when Snow robbed the Fort Avenue branch the day after Christmas 1997, two days before Welch was to go on his honeymoon. "Tim Snow broke our trust that day," Welch said in his written statement. In court yesterday, he told Motz that his workers still fear retaliation. "None of us certainly wants to be working at that institution when he is released." Not only is this not the norm... and not something police officers that work hard, and risk their lives to help others do... But this officer (Lieutenant) threw away everything he had ever done right, he took all he had done that others respected and tossed an astrix on the end. From now until the end of time, those that knew him will always say, "He was a badass, good police; one of the best, until he broke the law... and robbed those banks". Every story, from everyone that ever respected, and or worked alongside him, will end with his arrest. You will find a message written by him in which he describes how things have been, "since his nightmare began"... He gave it all away, because he didn't stop and think before he robbed those banks, "What about when I get caught?" - "What about my families?" - (The one at home, and the one in blue?) He gave it all up. I menationed his facebook message, it is as follows, and again, I hope every academy student, or young officer will read this, I hope they take the time to read all of these bad cop stories, and I hope they learn from them... In Tim Snows message to follow, he doesn't ask for forgivness, he talks more about it like it happened to him... so read his message, but then go up to the artcle and read what the judge saw, read what the judge saw... learn from it... especially when U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz called the case a tragedy. The saddest irony, Motz told Snow, is that "The profession you love and devoted yourself to is a victim of your actions." and it is, people judge all police on the action of a single officer. From Michael Timothy Snow "I want you all to know something. The blood that runs through my veins was always BLUE, and that has never changed. For those of you that worked with me know damn well that when shit hit the fan, I was the guy busting my ass to get there and help. That never changed as a Sergeant or Lieutenant. I proudly have all of my certificates (From Graduation to the IACP Award) hanging up in my home. It sickens me that one is missing, the one for retiring. It's been 14 years since my nightmare began. I served 12 years in prison and not in some CAMP! You can't imagine what I went through! I had my leg broke and was the victim of a hit where I literally had to fight for my life against a man with a shank in one hand and a lock in his other. Scariest three minutes of my life! I've been to hell and back, but most importantly I made it back. During my life, I have heard that a man is not measured or judged by adversity in his life, but how he handles that adversity afterwards. After being turned down for more than 200 jobs that I was over-qualified for to say the least, I kept knocking on doors until one opened. I am pleased to say that I am putting some old skills and well as some new ones to use in what I believe is going to be yet another successful career. I wish all my brothers and sisters well, and I only hope that my name doesn't have to be dragged in the mud any longer. Thank you Brian Munyan, and Richard Waybright for standing up for me." If every rookie, or active officer will take time to read this case, and this Officer's words, they would think twice before they put their name on the cover the Sun Paper, before their wife and kids have to look others in the eye to say, "Yes, that was my father, or yes that was my husband!". Their mother or father who were proud of their son or daughter the police officer... now has this... what about their feelings. This is not what we as police officers do, and those that look up to us for work we do today, will lose trust in us, they will look down on us, and while yes, officers that have done their time can still hang their trophies on their walls, and remember everything they ever did for the right side of the law... They will always have that empty spot where the one plaque that they want most will never hang... They will never receive their retirement certificate, the equivalent to an Honorable Discharge and for what... to go from top cop, to America's most Un-Wanted!


Baltimore City Police Officer Charged With Beating And Choking Girlfriend’s 7-Month-Old Puppy To Death

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJZ) — A shocking case of animal cruelty out of Montgomery County, where a Baltimore City cop is accused of choking his girlfriend’s dog to death.

Rochelle Ritchie has more.

The officer–a five-year veteran with the force–is suspended without pay after beating the dog with a mop and strangling it to death. For five years, Baltimore City police officer Alec Eugene Taylor has protected and served the city of Baltimore–until now. He is charged with animal cruelty and abuse. According to Montgomery County Police, Taylor, 27, killed his girlfriend’s 7-month-old Jack Russell Terrier, named Rocko, for relieving himself on the carpet of their Silver Spring apartment. “I think he should be put in jail for a long time,” said one man. Taylor tells investigators he used a mop not only to retrieve the dog from behind the dryer but as a weapon to beat the helpless animal before using his bare hands to choke the dog to death. Montgomery County Police say the Baltimore City cop then took a picture of the dead dog and actually sent it to his girlfriend before dumping the pup in a dumpster. “I think that is really sad because I love animals, mostly dogs, because dogs are my favorite,” said one person. In a statement, Baltimore City police officials say, “Allegations of animal cruelty are taken seriously by the Baltimore police department. Significant emphasis has been placed on training investigators to handle animal abuse incidents in Baltimore.” Investigators say Taylor told his girlfriend he was sick of cleaning up after the dog. Taylor turned himself into police on Wednesday. At the request of his girlfriend, Taylor retrieved the dog from the dumpster and she buried it in a park. It should be pointed out that this officer was off duty when this tookplace, it was not part of his training, or prtof his asignment... the guys and gals he worked along side are as sisckened by this kind of activity as anyone.. but this has nothing to do with the Baltimore Police other than an off duty officer, did something he will be punished for while off duty.

DeviderOfficer Charged with Lying to Get Search Warrant

Thomas E. Wilson III had trouble with false statements in the past

By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun

8:53 PM EST, November 20, 2013

A decade after a federal judge publicly attacked his truthfulness, a Baltimore police officer has been charged with lying to get a warrant to search a Northwest Baltimore home, the state's attorney's office said.Thomas E. Wilson III, a 19-year veteran of the department, lied when he said he saw a suspect leaving a house in the 5600 block of Wilvan Ave. carrying a black bag, according to the state's attorney's office. He faces charges of perjury and misconduct in office.The Police Department declined to comment on the charges. Wilson could not be reached, and no attorney is listed for him in court records. Other Baltimore officers have been implicated recently in fabricating details to secure authorization for arrests or searches. At the sentencing of officer Kendell Richburg in federal court last month, his attorney said the practice was widespread and driven by pressure on police to hit targets. At the hearing, federal prosecutors said the FBI was investigating a number of officers who had made up information. Wilson worked in the same district as Richburg, but an FBI spokesman said the charges against him were not related to that inquiry. In the Wilson case, the day after the search in May 2012, a man named Thomas Foster who lived at the Wilvan Avenue address was charged with gun and drug offenses. Prosecutors dropped those charges in December 2012, court records show. In 2003, Andre M. Davis, then a U.S. District Court judge in Baltimore, said an affidavit in a separate drug case that Wilson filed seemed to be packed with "knowing lies." Davis also called Wilson's account of that bust "implausible and incredibly presented" before he threw out the case.

The Police Department disciplined Wilson for neglect of duty, stripped him of five days' pay and ordered him to remedial training. But his attorney told The Baltimore Sun in 2010 that the administrative trial board did not convict Wilson of an integrity violation. Wilson stayed on the force, but a defense attorney used the judge's words against him in a case stemming from a 2008 arrest. "His credibility is suspect," the lawyer told the jury. "This is a man who was chewed out in almost unheard-of fashion by a federal judge five years ago." Wilson testified that in both instances he had been honest, even if he had been confused on some of the details in the 2003 case. The defendant was convicted, but granted a new trial by an appeals court, after it found prosecutors had gone too far to protect Wilson. The defendant, Bryan Sivells, pleaded guilty to the lesser of the two charges he faced and received a four-year prison sentence, most of which he had already served. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This is another case of showing how the system works... who do you think turned him in, investigated and arrested him, other police. This is not the norm for police. Police pride themselves on doing a job and doing it well, we work to protect each other and to protect the public, and when we see something like this we are as sickened as the public. A brother officer will quickly turn in a fellow officer if they suspect him or her as being dishonest. Think of it this way, the public replies on police to be honest, other police rely on each other for our safety. So when an Officer suspects another officer of dishonesty, or other violations, they turn them in, it could mean the difference of going home alive, or being killed to have a crook as a side partner, if I am relying on someone to back me up and they are not there, I could be killed, so if I suspect a side partner of criminal activity, or dishonesty, I turn them in, in a heartbeat, as would any good police.


Police were ordered off pursuit before fatal crash, union says! Lawyer for officers says they obeyed orders

By Justin George and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

9:05 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

Baltimore police are conducting a criminal investigation into  whether officers followed orders to end their pursuit of a sedan before  it was involved in a fatal crash this week, a police union attorney said Friday. Michael Davey, the lawyer representing the officers who  were in a unmarked car that was attempting to stop the sedan, said they  acted appropriately and obeyed orders as soon as they received them.  Three people died in the fiery accident early Tuesday at Northern  Parkway and York Road, and another was critically injured. "When  they were notified to break it off, they did," he said. "We've also  heard information coming from the department that the officers were told to break it off. We're sure that will be investigated, and ... we  believe the officers were acting within policy, based on the information they had in hand." Police confirmed that a criminal investigation into the conduct of two officers is underway. Lt. Eric Kowalczyk, a  police spokesman, declined to discuss whether any orders were given to  the officers. He said police do not want to "taint" the inquiry, in  which city prosecutors are also involved. The Baltimore Police  Department's policy prohibits officers from chasing suspects in vehicles except under "exigent circumstances," such as when officers believe  that failing to pursue could lead to injury or death. Before police can  engage in a high-speed pursuit, agency policy says, officials must  consider whether the hazards to pedestrians and other drivers are  outweighed by the importance of catching the suspect. Officers are supposed to communicate with supervisors before they begin a pursuit,  remain in contact and use their lights and siren. Police are looking  into whether the officers followed those protocols, Davey said. Angel Chiwengo, 46 of Resisterstown was one of three people killed in the  crash when the sedan slammed into a Jeep she was riding in. Relatives  say she was on her way to see her pregnant daughter, who gave birth  later that day. Her brother-in-law, Nathan Franklin, declined to comment on the new details, saying he would reserve opinions until he had more  information. City Councilman Brandon Scott, who represents the  Northeastern police district where officers first encountered the  vehicle, said police must "make sure that everybody is following their  orders." "Just the fact that we had people die in this incident,  for me, makes it a high priority," Scott said. "Every rock needs to be  turned over to make sure that every process was followed to ensure the  safety of not just the victims who unfortunately passed away, but of  everyone else on the road that night." Just past midnight on  Tuesday, plainclothes officers from the Northeastern District were in a  rental car when they observed what police described as "suspicious  activity that was criminal in nature" near Harford Road and East 25th  Street. Police said they tried to stop a Honda carrying two men.  The car fled, and the officers "followed," police said. The agency has  declined to say whether the officers were in what police would describe  as either a pursuit or chase. The Honda collided with the white  Jeep about four miles north, at York Road and Northern Parkway. The  crash also killed both passengers in the Honda: Devell Johns, 26, and  Terrell Young, 28. The Jeep's driver, 54-year-old Andrew Baker Jr., was  critically injured. The fiery crash closed the busy intersection  for 10 hours while police launched an intensive probe that included  repeated landings by a police helicopter carrying crash investigators. Police say the officers involved were Adam Storie, a two-year veteran, and Warren Banks II, a five-year veteran. Christopher Henard, a three-year veteran, was also involved, but Kowalczyk said "he is not part of the review that we asked the state's attorney to  conduct." Kowalczyk did not return an email asking what role Henard  played in the pursuit or why prosecutors weren't asked to criminally  investigate him. Davey said supervisors did ask the officers to halt their pursuit — and that the officers complied. "That is what we've been told," he said, "and that is what our officers did." Davey said he is aware police are investigating the crash to see whether  officers committed any crimes, whether they should face administrative  sanctions and whether the department or officers could face any  lawsuits. He has advised his clients not to speak to investigators until he knows more about the police probe. He said one of the officers has been asked to speak to internal investigators but declined, and the two others have not been asked. Davey called all three good officers and said the Fraternal Order of Police stood firmly behind them. "It's a horrendous incident," Davey said. "None of them ever wanted to be in a position like this. Whether it's them or some other police officer,  they have to make decisions in a split second that other citizens don't  have to make." Kowalczyk said tapes of radio chatter prior to the  crash, which are usually public record and could shed light on what took place before the crash, are being withheld pending the investigation  based on a request from the Baltimore City state's attorney's office. "We're going to be as careful and as meticulous and as diligent in this  investigation as we have to be to make sure we protect the integrity of  it," he said. The early-morning crash brought a huge response to  the scene. Among others, Maryland State Police confirmed that Baltimore  police requested about 2:45 a.m. that the state police's crash team  respond to the accident. Two state police crash team members arrived at  the scene about 4 a.m. "When they arrived, they were told by BPD  their assistance was not needed, so they left," said Greg Shipley, a  state police spokesman, in an email. "MSP was given no information about the incident." Davey said a prosecutor from the state's attorney's office was also at the crash site as part of the investigation. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

While we have a pursuit policy - let's face it, police have to follow/chase to a degree, or what kind of city will we live in, I mean it is bad enough as it is, but if police can't follow on foot, or in a car. All criminals will ever have to do is, refuse to stop, and then what? The good people in society lose. This isn't a police officer’s fault, this is and always will be the criminals fault, and if we blame the police for what the criminals are doing... while excusing the criminals because of a rough childhood. We might as well give up... Let the criminals do what they want. We won't try to have our kids grow up to be law abiding, just let them do what they want to fend for themselves... of course that sounds ridiculous. So instead let's start pointing fingers where they need. Let's direct people back to the root of the crime, and let's let our police do their job, and capture criminals... From the start of time in Baltimore, the goal of its police department has been to reduce crime by, 1) Prevention, 2) Detection and 3) Apprehension. What we really need now are citizens to start putting the blame where it belongs... On the criminals... or to come up with a better plan. Is the public not upset with high crime rates, to want to let their police do their job, follow the rules and do their jobs? Would the average citizen go after any of these criminals on their own… We need public support, or crime will only get worse – These types of accidents are in no way, shape, or form, the fault of the police, and to take the crime off the backs of the criminal and toss it onto the backs of our police is risky, it is a slippery slope that will have more and more of the faults of criminals placed on others.


Sanity Rules in Case of Cop who Married Gang Leader
Court of Special Appeals upholds Baltimore Officer's dismissal
Of the many words from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in the matter of Meredith Cross v. Baltimore City Police Department, I like these best: "Costs to be paid by appellant." That's double-good news for city taxpayers: We're on the hook for neither the back salary of a police officer who married a convicted murderer nor for the costs of bringing an audacious appeal of her firing to court. What we have here is formal affirmation that a woman has a right to marry anyone she wishes, including a gangster, but not a right to be a Baltimore City Cop (if she choices to marry a gang member/leader). That was pretty much the court's conclusion Tuesday in the Cross case, echoing Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. from late-19th-century Massachusetts. In 1892, a New Bedford cop who had been canned for political activity sued the city for reinstatement, arguing that his rights of free expression had been infringed. But the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, of which Holmes was a member, found that the cop had violated an explicit prohibition against officers soliciting political donations. In the majority opinion, Holmes wrote that "there is nothing in the constitution to prevent the city from attaching obedience to this rule as a condition to the office of policeman," and famously: "The petitioner may have a constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be a policeman." The cop lost the case; he did not return to his beat. (Maybe he went into whale blubber rendering, I dunno.) Holmes went on to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the rest is legal history. Which is why I scratch my head about the case of Cross, a Baltimore police officer who believed her rights were violated when superiors discovered that she had married a bad guy and kicked her off the force. Call me old-fashioned, but if a cop in 1892 couldn't get his job back because he solicited campaign contributions, a cop in 2013 certainly shouldn't expect to return to duty after marrying the reputed "supreme commander" of Dead Man Inc. We only know the details of this case because of the recent ruling by the Court of Special Appeals. And the Court of Special Appeals only knows about it because Cross appealed there after losing her suit against the city in Baltimore Circuit Court. People sue all the time over all kinds of dubious injustices. But sometimes I'm awed by the audacity. Cross, who was a police officer from 2004 to 2010, argued that her superiors had no business dismissing her because of the guy she married. Here's some of the back story, according to last week's court ruling: In 2002, when Cross was a financial adviser for American Express  in New York, a friend convinced her to start writing letters to one Carlito Cabana, a member of the Dead Man Inc. prison gang (formerly of a gang called Natural Born Killers). He was incarcerated in Maryland for second-degree murder. His gang was once a subsidiary of the infamous Black Guerrilla Family. (Irresistible side note: BGF, of course, is the gang to which Tavon "Bulldog" White belongs, according to federal prosecutors. Tavon is that busy fellow who allegedly impregnated four Maryland corrections officers — one of them twice — at the Baltimore City Detention Center. White has since pleaded guilty to racketeering and attempted murder, and has been shipped to an institution that will undoubtedly end his libertine ways.) A "serious relationship" blossomed between Cross and Cabana, and she moved to Baltimore to be closer to him. In 2004, she applied to be a city cop. When she was asked if she knew anyone in prison, she described Cabana as a "friend." But it wasn't long before Cross and Cabana were married in a "spiritual ceremony" in Patuxent Institution in Jessup. She visited him numerous times, identifying herself as his wife, telephoned him frequently and sent him money orders. In 2009, she and Cabana were officially married. That same spring, officials at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland alerted Baltimore police that Cross had been making frequent visits to see a confirmed gang leader there. That's what triggered the investigation that led to Cross' dismissal. She was found to have violated department rules by associating with a known gang member — a person of "questionable character" — and by not disclosing the full nature of their relationship. Cross had the audacity to appeal, arguing that her constitutional rights to free and intimate association had been violated. Oh, puh-leez, officer! Thankfully, sanity reigned. Two courts have now ruled against her, saying that the Police Department needs to maintain trust in the community and safety and discipline within its ranks. Neither the department's rules nor Cross' dismissal offend the Constitution. Her superiors did not prohibit Cross from marrying Cabana nor require that she divorce him. So she has every right to be the wife of a gangster; she just can't be a police officer at the same time. Please see the clerk to pay court costs on your way out. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Dan Rodricks  ' column appears each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. He is the host of "Midday" on WYPR-FM.

This shouldn't even need commentary, we all know it is not typical for police to marry gang leaders, drug dealers etc. in fact it is policy that police officers don't associate or fraternizewith people that are part of a criminal element – so this is not common.



During the past generation, the Baltimore Police Department has faced criticism from local media, elected officials, and citizen advocacy groups. The criticism has pertained to the high crime rate in the city of Baltimore, which in some years has been ranked among the highest in the nation. Accusations include numerous arrests of innocent minority citizens for seemingly minor offenses, and the failure to sufficiently assist minority victims of crime.

Arrests for Minor Offenses

In the mid-2000s, Maryland State Delegate, the Honorable Jill P. Carter daughter of the late civil rights champion, Walter P. Carter, exposed numerous cases of the Baltimore City Police arresting people for seemingly minor offenses, detaining them at Central Booking for several hours. Many were released without charges. Some were reportedly detained at Central Booking for several days before seeing a court commissioner. All arrestees in Maryland are required to have an initial appearance before a court commissioner within 24 hours of their arrest. It should also be noted that correctional officers at Central Booking were rumored to be on a work slowdown during this time. Corrections personnel are prohibited from striking. The exposure of these cases led to judicial and legislative action. In 2005, the Maryland Court of Appeals ordered all arrestees not charged within 24 hours to be released. On May 16, 2006, a Baltimore city police officer, Natalie Preston, arrested a Virginian couple for asking for directions to a major highway. The couple, released after seven hours in city jail, were not charged with any crime. They were initially taken into custody for trespassing on a public street. Their vehicle was impounded at the city lot, with windows down and doors unlocked, resulting in theft of several personal items. In 2007, the state of Maryland passed a law requiring the automatic expungement the record of one who is arrested, but then released without being charged, thereby eliminating the dilemma many such victims faced that would prevent them from passing a criminal background check if the record remained, but would not allow for a wrongful arrest lawsuit if the record were expunged. On June 23, 2010, a $870,000 comprehensive settlement was reached which culminated more than a year of negotiations between the City and Plaintiffs. The settlement provides for far-reaching reforms of the BPD's arrest and monitoring practices. The suit, which was filed in 2006, and amended in 2007, was brought on behalf of thirteen individual plaintiffs and the Maryland State Conference and Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP.


Hats Off

To One of Our County Brothers in Blue (Ofc. Charles Stanley)

A Baltimore County Officer went into a antique store in Havre De Grace Md. where they had two scrap books full of pictures from this site and some that are not on the site. He knew they belonged to our site and our history. He didn’t know how they got away from us, or why they were being sold, but figured he would buy them first and find out later as he worked to get them back to us (their rightful owner). The store owner wanted $45 dollars per book, and wasn’t moving on his price. The County Officer dug down into his wallet, and took out the cash to buy these books and get them back to us. We are thankful for his taking the time and money to do this. If you are a County Officer and or happen to know Officer Charles Stanley, thank him again for us. He is one brother officer that will forever be in our debt, having earned his Honorary City Police Badge. Seriously he a good guy, it goes to show, while we as agencies will tease each other and have our fun, we are all brothers in blue, and when it becomes serious we do what needs to be done no questions asked. - Thanks again Officer Charles Stanley for having our backs.


Great story from a Good Cop:

Mk9, receives a lot of emails and messages about Pit Bull and Pit Bull type dogs. News reports and stories from all over. From both sides of the spectrum as well. The good, and the bad. When they find the ones we believe will do good to help further the education of the general public, they "Share" them with hopes that people will be influenced, and motivated to see Pit Bulls and their owners for what they are, and not what the Media would make them out to be. They received a rather interesting story from one of our Officer in the Baltimore Police Department. It was a story about a Vicious Dog call, and the Officer who answered that call. The interesting part is, the officer that sent the story IS that Officer who answered the call. So here is the account, from the source;

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Courtesy Instagram



I'm a Police Officer in Baltimore City. I am originally from Wilkes-Barre, and I am a fan of your organization and Pit Bulls. Today I received a call while on duty about a vicious dog chasing kids. When I came on the scene, I noticed people yelling out their windows at the dog. I followed the dog into an ally to see how it was acting. Going on my own approach, being a dog lover, I got out of my car and called the "vicious dog" over to me. The dog came over with it's tail between it's legs and panting. I grabbed my water bottle and the dog sat down next to me and began licking my pants. I started giving the dog water. I brought the dog over and waited for the pound to show up. My partner was not a fan of dogs and was startled by my approach. I suggested to him that this dog cannot be put down, and should be taken to a shelter. We took it upon ourselves to take the dog to the shelter, and transported it in the back seat in the back of our patrol car. Then I decided that I wanted to keep the dog, and spoke to the shelter about the steps to take to adopt it. The dog was originally kept outside and was filthy, and now it just might have a new home. I know you like positive pictures so I have attached a few. Have a great day and keep up the good work!

Officer Dan Waskiewicz
Baltimore City Police


When this story was heard they couldn't not help but SMILE, and maybe do a tail shake or two! :) Then they got to thinking more about it. How awesome is this story! Not only does it have a happy ending to it, but there are also some major applause points: Instead of assuming the dog to be vicious and shoot it dead, (as we see so many times before) he analyzes the situation, and sees a nervous dog that needs help. Instead of letting animal control pick up the dog, and let it disappear, or be put down, he personally takes it to a shelter, IN HIS POLICE CRUISER!!! Finally, he offers the pup a new home forever!  So the fine folks at "Mk9" sayThank You! Officer Dan, thank you for taking the time to be patient and give a dog a chance. for stepping outside the stereo type box and seeing this for what it is. A loose dog who was nervous, and needed someone to help him. Not someone to yell at him and assume him to be dangerous. 

Here is "Bo" with his new family. A perfect picture of a perfect ending or an amazing new beginning for a dog in Baltimore City

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Courtesy of Baltimore Police Instagram

We at also thank you for helping us show you as part of the 99.9% of good police that do the right thing.

Baltimore police officer charged with pimping wife

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

5:29 PM EDT, May 10, 2013 

A 31-year-old Baltimore Police officer was charged  Friday with pimping out his wife after officers from a human trafficking task force found him outside a hotel room where the woman had agreed to have sex for cash with an undercover officer. The child recovery task force was working a proactive investigation  into human trafficking when they came across a "young-looking female"  advertised as an escort on a website, police said. Officers arranged to  meet the female at a hotel near BWI airport, court records show. Inside the hotel room, a woman identified by police as Marissa  Braun-Manneh told an undercover officer that she would have sex for  $100, and she was placed under arrest, charging documents show. She said that her husband, Lamin Manneh, was waiting outside in a  car, and that she gives him her money and he drives her from  "date-to-date," according to court records. She also said that he posts  the online ads using his credit card. Police said Manneh acknowledged  his role in an interview with detectives, records show. Elena Russo, a state police spokeswoman, said both husband and wife  were charged because they appeared to be "working as a team."

Manneh, of the 2400 block of Marbourne Ave. in Baltimore, is an  officer assigned to the Baltimore Police Department's Eastern District.  State police said he was suspended without pay and that the city police  internal affairs would investigate. "This allegation is a disgrace and embarrassment to every member --  both current and retired -- who serve with the Baltimore Police  Department," Baltimore's Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said in a statement. "We expect every member of this department to hold  themselves to the highest professional standards. Our colleagues and our community deserve nothing less."

Manneh was charged in Anne Arundel County District Court with one  count each of human trafficking and prostitution, and was released on  his own recognizance by a District Court commissioner, records show.  Braun was charged with one count of prostitution and also released on  her own recognizance. Attempts to reach the couple were unsuccessful. Copyright © 2013, The Baltimore Sun

This officer doesn't respect his wife, how can we possibly expect him to have respect for his police family, the community he serves or himself. All I hope is we'll realize, it was police that took him down, and just as with other cases of "Bad Cops" it doesn't matter which agency took him down. He wasn't on the side of our department, or the quality of life we strive to bring to others. Devider

'Chaotic' scene prevented quick medical attention for shooting victim

'You don't jeopardize six or seven police officers in your emotional reaction'

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

7:09 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

The shooting of Kendra Diggs and the subsequent barricade by her  alleged attacker presented a challenge Tuesday for police and emergency  responders. Under the threat of further gunfire from the off-duty  Baltimore police officer, officials said, they were unable to render  medical aid to the dying woman. "When you have a person who is  down … what we're trained on is that you don't jeopardize six or seven  police officers in your emotional reaction to save that person," Police  Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said in an interview Wednesday. It  took emergency responders an hour to reach Diggs on the sidewalk in  front of the home in Sandtown-Winchester that she shared with the  officer accused of shooting her. Police say they were responding  to a report of a domestic disturbance at the home in the 1100 block of  N. Parrish St. about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when her boyfriend, Officer James Smith, opened fire from a second-story window. The gunfire struck Diggs, 37, a bus driver for the Maryland Transit Administration. The  patrol officers alerted dispatchers and ran for cover. Police  assembled a command post blocks away. Tactical officers picked up Diggs  about an hour later and took her to an ambulance for transport to the  Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She was pronounced dead a short time  later. Smith surrendered about six hours after the initial shooting,  police said. Sharifah Ahmed, a cousin, wondered why police did not remove Diggs from the area when they first encountered the domestic  disturbance. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she expects  police to conduct a review of how the incident was handled. But she did  not second-guess their decisions. "You have to take a look at the  situation after the fact and see if there were things that we could have done better," Rawlings-Blake said. "But I certainly don't think that  the morning after the incident is the time to play armchair quarterback  on whether or not it was safe at a time when someone we knew had a gun,  [whether] it was safe to move in and put more lives at risk." In such situations, Batts said, the first 30 minutes to an hour are "chaotic" as police sift through available information. "It's putting the pieces together and not overreacting," he said. As police chief in Long Beach, Calif., Batts served on a state commission  that made operational and training recommendations for SWAT teams. Police would not allow medical personnel — who are unarmed — into a scene that police themselves had evacuated. Baltimore Fire EMS Battalion Chief Charles Cheelsman said fire and EMS personnel  sometimes arrive at crime scenes ahead of patrol officers, but in most  situations they are taking cues from police. "Our first priority  is to make sure the rescuers don't become victims ourselves," he said.  "We have to have some kind of assuredness that there's no imminent life  threat to the rescuers." Adding to the complexity of the situation was that police knew that Smith, a 20-year veteran, had tactical  training, and believed he could be listening in on police communications through his department-issue radio. Tactical officers from  Baltimore County were summoned, and a negotiation team that included a  psychologist began working to coax Smith out. "We go back to our  training, even more so in this circumstance because the person inside  that building knows how we operate," Batts said. "They know the steps  we're going to have to take." Police deployed the agency's armored vehicle — called a "bearcat" — and positioned it between the home and  Diggs, Batts said. The vehicle could be observed climbing onto the  sidewalk. In the hours that followed, Batts said, police cut off  Smith's cellphone access and tactical officers studied the layouts of  homes in the area. Officers ran drills to practice entering in the event that they had to force their way in. "I wanted them to [repeat  the drill] time and time and time again," Batts said. "We had to be  clean and understand the layouts of that house." But it didn't come to that. Smith surrendered peacefully after 9 p.m. "I have to give kudos to that negotiating team," Batts said.


Family members say victim, police officer were engaged

20-year veteran charged with murder in killing of Kendra Diggs

By Justin George and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun

9:20 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

Two Baltimore police officers arrived at a fellow  officer's home to investigate a reported domestic assault. They heard a  woman inside calling for help, and when nobody answered the door, they  kicked the door in and brought Kendra Diggs out. James Smith, 49, ran upstairs as an officer implored him to come and  talk. The other officer stood on the sidewalk next to Diggs, her face  bleeding from a small wound. A shot rang out from a second-story window, authorities say. Diggs, shot in the head, hit the ground, and Smith and his fellow officers commenced a six-hour standoff. Details of the shooting and standoff this week emerged in a court  hearing and charging documents Wednesday, the day after Smith is alleged to have killed his girlfriend and then barricaded himself in the West  Baltimore home with a toddler who family members said was the couple's  son. Smith, an Army veteran and a skilled, highly respected police  officer, released the boy and surrendered peacefully late Tuesday.  Charged with first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a felony, he is being held without bail. No lawyer is listed in court records for Smith. In court on  Wednesday, a pretrial services official said Diggs, 37, and Smith, 49,  had lived together in her house in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood  for eight years. Diggs' aunt, cousin and neighbors said the two were  engaged and planned to marry soon in the Bahamas. Diggs left two children, Brandon, 20, and James Jr., 4. She had the  younger boy with Smith, her cousin Sharifah Ahmed said. James Jr. was  allowed to see family members Tuesday night but was placed in foster  care overnight. Ahmed said Brandon is seeking custody of his younger  brother. Diggs worked as a Maryland Transit Administration bus driver for 13  years, an MTA official said. She was wearing her work uniform when the  two Western District officers responded to the domestic call Tuesday,  according to charging documents. When the officers arrived at the brick townhouse in the 1100 block of N. Parrish St., police say, they heard a woman yelling, "Help me, help  me." A man shouted, "Go away." After the officers escorted Diggs outside, police say, they saw Smith run upstairs, refusing to come down to talk. Diggs had warned the officers he had a gun, police say. When the gunshot rang out, they fled for cover. Under the threat of more gunfire, emergency workers were unable to  reach Diggs, who remained on the sidewalk. After about an hour, tactical officers were able to pick her up and take her to an ambulance. She was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. On Wednesday, Diggs' aunt and cousin drove to her home carrying a  teddy bear decorated with balloons that said "You're so special" and  "You'll be missed." They placed the toy at the edge of her front lawn,  inches from a bloodstain where Diggs had fallen. Ahmed, her cousin, shook her head Wednesday as she stared at the immaculately manicured property — Diggs' pride and joy. "She was an extremely happy, happy person," Ahmed said. "It was her  first home she had ever bought, so she was just in love with it." Fresh mulch surrounded green shrubs, flowers bloomed in a planter  hung near the door and dragonfly and butterfly ornaments were affixed to the walls. The only glaring imperfection was the broken second-floor  window, which revealed a ceiling fan light still burning inside. Ahmed said family members are struggling with Diggs' loss —  especially because they believe the officers should have taken her  farther away from the home. "The Police Department has a lot to answer for," Ahmed said. "When  they got on the scene, why didn't they remove her immediately? … She was yelling for help." Ahmed said she believes officers gave Smith the benefit of the doubt  that he wouldn't do anything rash "because he was a police officer." Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stressed that the  initial response to the house is under internal investigation, as is the entire standoff. "Internal affairs is looking at it in its entirety," he said. "We are pulling back the layers unequivocally to make sure there were no  warning signs here." He said the shooting of Diggs came suddenly and unexpectedly. "They were talking to her, they were interviewing her when she was  literally shot right in front of them," he said. "The window of time was very quick. … You're not expecting to go to a home of a police officer, someone you work side by side with, who engages you in a gunbattle." He said Smith was not given any preferential treatment during the barricade. "The minute he fired at that young lady and our police officers — he was treated as a suspect," Guglielmi said. Guglielmi and pretrial services officials said Smith had never been  charged with a crime before. He was honorably discharged from the Army  in 1992, according to a statement in court Wednesday. Smith, who worked in the motorcade unit, had tactical training and  broad expertise. He was often assigned to motorcades with the Secret  Service when high-profile officials came into town, Guglielmi said, and  he was respected in the department. Smith has received SWAT, aviation, traffic, tactical and motorcycle escort training. "There was no prior history of domestic abuse that would have raised  suspicion," Guglielmi said. "He was in one of the most specialized  sections in the department, and that unit selects officers of extreme  character, officers who are highly trained." Police were cautious during the standoff because Smith's advanced  training made him a dangerous suspect. Guglielmi said officers from  Smith's own unit assisted in negotiations, as did a clinical  psychologist. Smith surrendered to police at 9:07 p.m. In an interview at the homicide unit, police say, he apologized for his actions. Police say they recovered a gun from a bathroom in the house and  found several shell casings near the second-floor bedroom window. It's  not clear whether the gun was Smith's service weapon. On Wednesday, Smith was led alone into the courtroom at the Central  Booking and Intake Center shortly before 11 a.m. with his hands cuffed  in front of him. He wore a bright pink shirt and dark slacks. He was led to a bench in the middle of the room where he sat breathing heavily,  his eyes bloodshot. District Judge Shannon E. Avery read Smith his rights and asked whether he had any questions. "No, your honor," he said.

The state's attorney's office asked that Smith continue to be held  without bail, and a public defender on hand for the morning's bail  reviews put up no argument. "Based on the extreme nature of the offense, I do find that the  defendant is a threat to public safety," Avery said, ordering Smith  held.This too is a sad day for all involved, it shows police are human, they have hearts, hearts that break. As such they will lose there minds, and do things that hurt us all, this could have happened to anyone, police, mailmen, plumbers, truck drivers, or anyone. It is heart breaking for the family of the Kendra Diggs, and for the family of Officer Smith. Obviously we all care for Kendra and her family. We also feel for those members of our S.W.A.T. team going into a situation knowing they might have to kill one of there own, but think about it like this, if this guy would kill someone he loved, he would equally have no problem shooting a brother in uniform. It is a sad day all around, but it is important to realize that while, yes, he was a police officer, it wasn't a police officer that killed Kendra Diggs, it was a man that had lost his mind, and control of himself. Police officers do things knowingly, they do them in full support of their brothers, and sisters, they don't sneak around behind our backs. If they are going to stop a car, they tell KGA, if they are going to stop a person they tell KGA, and their squad members. When they do something without reporting in, without back-up, they are no longer acting in the capacity of a police officer, so while James Smith was a Police Officer, it was not a police officer that killed his one time girlfriend Kendra Diggs. He wasn't on the side of our department, or the quality of life we strive to bring to others.


Notable incidents

Police Commissioner James M. Hepbron

Police commissioner, James M. Hepbron was subject to a hearing led by Delegate Jerome Robinson February 19, 1959, specifications against the commissioner included flouting of rights, errors in judgment and brutal concepts of policing. In the 90 day public hearing and investigation, fourth district delegate Robinson stated that the commissioner "demonstrate[d] lack of a sense of propriety and in several respects a lack of comprehension on the part of the commissioner of the nature of his duties, the functions of the department, and the obligations to the citizenry"  During the public hearing Hepbron incessantly left the hearing and/or refused to answer specifications against him. Delegate Jerome Robinson, the igniter of the hearing, had a long history of challenging wiretapping and search warrants as unconstitutional, citing they violate natural rights of the citizen. During the hearing, Delegate Robinson urged the police commissioner to resign and that his resignation would be in the interest of the public. Robinson's contempt for Hepbron was clear when he wrote, "it is obvious that he has outlived his position. His administration has produced continuing deterioration and the demoralization of the department". The charges against Hepbron include unlawful wiretapping, phony evidence planted for the purpose of obtaining convictions, perjury, mass arrests and "instances of unbelievable brutality" and illegal detention, all of which had occurred in alarming numbers. Charges included, 1. Flouting of the civil and constitutional rights of the citizens of Baltimore City. Illegal taps of private and public telephone lines. 2. Errors in judgment and administration. 3. Concepts of policing which, because of brutality and incentivity, are shocking to decent thinking people. While Hepbron's charges were ones with over a dozen wiretaps and countless hours of footage, Hebron denied to address he was acting illegally and against the courts. Delegate Robinson also cited 36 cases where the cases were dropped and/or defendants were released from penal detention because police had framed defendants and the evidence was planted for conviction. Delegate Robinson called these offenses, "a creature of commissioner Hepbron". Delegate Robinson also cited the Green Spring Avenue assault by a police officer on a 15 year old boy, as well as countless shootings of unarmed auto-thieves and illegal raids on properly licensed establishments as charges against Hepbron. At one point Robinson stated the head of the city police was "an SS officer in a Chesterfield coat who is impatient with the Bill of Rights and intolerant of the constitutional liberties and prerogatives of the people"  Wiretapping was a crusade of Robinson's, believing it was against Federal law, he enacted this law to ensure state agents did not break federal law or the rights of individuals. He perceived Hepbron's actions as an affront to law and order. Alvin J.T. Zumbrun, former managing director of the Criminal Justice Commission, issued a statement against Fourth District democrat Robinson in the police commissioner's defense. He described the charges brought against Hepbron "the utterances of an angry madman possessed with the mania to have the police commissioner removed at all costs" In addition, Zumbrun cited multiple details and instances wherein he stated that Robinson had lied, citing instances as small as a phone call, office visit or passing informal greeting by Robinson to Zumbrun. While Zumbrun's evidence never addressed actual police violations of state law, Zumbrun continued to press for the expulsion of Robinson of the General Assembly of Maryland to Governor J. Millard Tawes


Commissioner Edward Norris

Former Commissioner Edward Norris was indicted on three charges by US Attorney Thomas DiBiagio. Two of the counts charged Norris had made illegal personal expenditures from the Baltimore Police Department's supplemental account. The third count alleged that he had lied on a mortgage application, stating that approximately $9,000 he received from his father was not a gift—as was stated in the loan papers—but a loan. As part of a plea bargain in May 2004, Norris pleaded guilty to the first two counts and was sentenced to six months in federal prison, six months of home detention, and 500 hours of community service, which Judge Dick Bennett said must be served in Baltimore. The plea bargain avoided a possible 30-year sentence on the mortgage fraud charge. - This a hard case to understand, the fund they were talking about was a private fund, funded by commissioners to take care of things that come up on the job, anything from taking visiting agencies to dinner, or paying to repair things that may break during day to day operations. This fund was not kept with tax dollars, or city money in anyway. In fact, the money left in the fund was original to be split between the FOP and Retired Benevolent Association, the FOP decided to donate their portion to the Retired Benevolent Association, to help build the Distress fund. So we don't 100% know what this entire case was about, or how he could misuse a fund that didn't belong to anyone. But we do know he was an outstanding police officer during his time with the NYPD and when he came to Baltimore it showed, he seemed professional, he increased the morale, a morale that had been nearly crushed by the former PC Tom Fraiser. I would like to know more, and if Commissioner Norris would like to provide something I would gladdly share it with everyone here. But let's keep a few things in mind, this isn't brutality, or drug dealing, this is a guy that ticked off a sitting Mayor, by leaving his job as top cop with the City to go to the State Police as their top cop. At one point it seemed as if everything was worked out, in fact he was cleared to take the State Police job and worked there. So things looked good (from what we saw in the news) until he asked for the remainder of his pay, per the contract he had with the city, that request seemed to strike the match that lit the fire, that resulted in this man's being charged.   (Follow-up: I recently recieved a PM from Commissioner Norris in which he simply wrote, "Thanks for spreading the truth" Ed Norris)


Flex Squad scandal

A rash of high profile corruption and brutality allegations have surfaced in late 2005 and early 2006, including the suspensions and arrests of Southwestern District flex squad officers for the alleged rape of a 22 year old woman they had taken into custody for illegal possession of narcotics. All criminal charges against the accused officers have since been dropped. Stories surfaced about flex squad officers planting evidence on citizens. Murder charges were dropped by the city when it was revealed that a gunman was dropped off in rival gang territory after a police interrogation in a squad car. The man was beaten badly and exacted his revenge the next day. The squad's role in the shooting prompted State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy to drop the charges. This is another case that if it happened as reported would have been something other police would have looked down on, something that would have lead to a phone call down to IID. I will say this over and over about the so called "Thin Blue Line" - Police do not turn their backs and let police break laws, in fact it is quite the opposite, In the police force, there are only so many good jobs, so many Det. or special opts assignments, so when an officer sees another breaking even minor rules they turn them in. No one wants to work next to someone that can't be trusted. This is a job where you police are outnumbered something like 300 to one by citizens, with numbers like this it is important that we know we can trust our side partner, if that partner is stealing, or beating people, even if they are verbally abusive, they are not welcomed by other police. Aside from the oath police take to serve and protect, they also made a promise to their families, and if you don't have a job, you can't take care of your family, I havn't met an officer yet that would give up his pay check, to protect another officer from breaking the rules. So what is the "Thin Blue Line" the real Thin Blue Line is a brotherhood, it is helping each other move on weekends, backing each other up on the job, it is a family that will risk their lives for each other. There used to be an unwritten rule of order of importance for protection, and that was to protect a brother/sister officer first, citizen second and yourself last. This is why police risk their lives to save yours, it is impart because they know if they go down, their partner will do his or her best to help them out, just as they would help their brother or sister if they were injured, or being assaulted and needed help.

Detectives Murray and King

Main article: William King and Antonio Murray

William A. King and Antonio L. Murray are two former Baltimore Police Department officers sentenced to a total of 454 years in prison after an FBI investigation in 2005. The conviction of King and Murray came about due to the work of the Baltimore-based Stop Snitchin' campaign, in which the two officers were identified on video as being involved in drug dealing. For 16 years, Waymon LeFall has watched his blighted West Baltimore neighborhood from a perch at the corner of Edmondson Avenue and Brice Street. And for years, he has heard about "King and Murray." "They touched a lot of people around here," said LeFall, a barber whose shop sits on a street with more vacant houses than occupied ones, its residents all too familiar with the illegal drug trade. "Everybody's talking about it." - "King and Murray" are William A. King and Antonio L. Murray, two Baltimore City police officers arrested this week and charged with detaining criminal suspects, robbing them of their illegal drugs and money and then selling the drugs back on the street.  Police said their names were also mentioned on the infamous Stop Snitching video, which was produced last year. One of the officers' attorneys said this week that his client already knew his name had surfaced on the tape, which has exposed Baltimore's pervasive culture of drugs and crime. However, it is the federal drug conspiracy charges announced this week against the two officers - partners in the Police Department and accused partners in crime - that have had the most surprising connection so far to an underground video in which participants threaten witnesses to crime.  The officers, who have not yet entered pleas, are scheduled to appear in federal court in Baltimore on Monday for a detention hearing. Defense lawyers familiar with the case said that prosecutors might have a difficult time proving their case if they rely on witnesses who have been charged with the same type of allegations facing King and Murray.  King "is a decorated veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He has put his life on the line for the Baltimore City Police Department for 10 years," his court-appointed attorney, Max Lauten, said yesterday. "At this stage, he is certainly deserving of the presumption of innocence."  A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office declined to provide additional details on the case.  But Warren A. Brown, a criminal defense attorney who represented Murray in court this week, said that prosecutors told him that the scope of the investigation is much wider than what is alleged in the original indictment.  "They said, 'Tell your client to imagine that we were shadowing him like a student showing a visiting student around a new school. If he did something, assume we know about it,'" Brown said.  King and Murray could not be interviewed this week, and their family members declined to speak. However, interviews with their attorneys and others who know the men revealed a pair of police officers who remained close throughout their careers.  For more than a decade, King and Murray followed remarkably similar paths.  King graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School in 1988 and Murray from Lake Clifton High School in 1989. King, who is divorced, served in the Army from 1988 until 1992 and now lives in Reservoir Hill.  Murray, who has two children, lives in suburban Abingdon and is married to a fellow police officer, now on paid administrative leave from the department. The accused officers both joined the Police Department in 1992 - Murray in May and King in November.  They spent time in Central District, the Criminal Intelligence Section and a unit that swarmed over high-crime areas called the Firearm Apprehension Strike Team - Mobile Enforcement Team. In May 2003, King and Murray were detailed for 90 days to the Organized Crime Division, working on narcotics cases.  In December of last year, when the city Police Department assumed responsibility for patrolling Baltimore's public housing communities, King and Murray joined the new unit.  However parallel their careers, Murray was scarred by violence early.  On May 23, 1994, Murray, then 23, was dressed in plain clothes when he approached a man to question him about alleged drug dealing. Another man jumped Murray in the 800 block of Newington Ave., police said at the time.  During the struggle in the city's Reservoir Hill section, shots rang out. Murray was struck in the arm and lost his gun in a struggle.  The same 9 mm Glock pistol was used to kill a 26-year-old man eight days later.  In 1994, Blaine Robert Savage, then 34, was convicted by a jury of the assault, theft and murder. He received a sentence of 40 years in prison.  The violent ambush forced Murray off the job for about two years, Brown said. Murray still has damage to two fingers on his left hand from the shooting, the lawyer said.  In recent years, police officials said both men had been the subjects of confidential complaints to internal affairs. However, Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm said that those investigations were resolved without criminal action. The latest internal investigation started by the police department against King and Murray started in the December. It joined up with a similar federal probe sometime later, officials said.  Prosecutors obtained a grand jury indictment against the officers on April 28. They immediately asked a magistrate judge to seal the document, fearful that the officers would find out, according to court documents.  Sources said that shortly before the indictment was unsealed on Wednesday, federal agents set a trap.  King, Murray and several other officers were asked to come to the FBI Baltimore area office in Woodlawn for a meeting about an unconnected case, according to two sources briefed on the investigation.  When the officers arrived, King and Murray, who were dressed in casual clothes, were separated from their colleagues and arrested.  That afternoon, a resident at a Reservoir Hill residential building on Eutaw Place said he saw six FBI agents in front of King's apartment.  "They told me to get back," he said. "They had their guns out."  Less information has been forthcoming about a third defendant in the case.  Federal prosecutors accused Antonio Mosby, 39, of serving as King and Murray's lookout and informant in the drug world. He has a string of past convictions for petty crimes, including drug possession. Brown said Murray called him his confidential informant.  Though indicted, Mosby has not yet been arrested, officials said. Interim Maryland U.S. Attorney Allen Loucks declined this week to say whether Mosby was in federal custody.  Rumors about the officers' activities in West Baltimore preceded their arrests by months, if not years. Even a local letter carrier said yesterday the pair were known "all over 21217," the neighborhood zip code.  Stop Snitching producer Rodney Bethea said he heard rumors of the allegations about King and Murray while making the DVD last year.  A review of the DVD shows a bearded man sitting on the front steps of a West Baltimore row house last year talking about a rumor that allegedly linked neighborhood drug dealers to King and Murray.  Bethea said he quickly realized that many people around the area of Edmondson Avenue and Brice Street in West Baltimore believed the same thing.  "Everybody that's from that vicinity, they know," he said. "It's not a secret to the people in that area."  On the tape, the bearded man says of drug dealers: "The word is they work for King and Murray. ... Don't nobody go to trial! You dig what I'm saying?"  Bethea said his video "gave people a voice to let everybody know what was going on."  Brown said he understands why.  If the allegations are true, the defense lawyer said, illegal drug users and dealers would feel like King and Murray were disrespecting them. "They really get angry about it. They say, 'and there is nothing we can do about it,'" Brown said.  LeFall says he understands too. He lives above his shop. He too has been touched by the neighborhood's violence. His shop's glass windows have been shot out. A bullet hole is still in his television.  Inside his four-chair shop, police and drug dealers, he said, both get their hair cut.  


On March 17, 2007, police arrested 7-year-old Gerard Mungo while sitting in front of his house on a dirt bike. Though he was seated on the dirt bike at the time of the arrest, officers reported they saw him riding it earlier. Baltimore City local law prohibits the operation of vehicles with an engine capacity of less than 50cc inside the city limits. However, police ordinances passed by city council, Article 19 Section 40-6 states that any and all unregistered motor bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, or anything similar in nature is illegal in Baltimore City. Officers stated they were "following procedure" in making a physical arrest. The boy's mother soon was arrested for disorderly conduct a few weeks later in an unrelated incident when she tried to bar plain clothes officers from entering her sister's apartment in pursuit of a felony drug suspect.

Salvatore Rivieri

A Baltimore Police Officer that had served 19yrs, captured bank robbers and other felons from1991 - 2010his nme became national news  in February 2008 following the release of two videos depicting separate incidents of him verbally assaulting and manhandling citizens. The first video was posted to YouTube on February 9, 2008 and showed Officer Rivieri berating and manhandling a 14-year-old-boy, Eric Bush, who had been skateboarding in a tourist area of Inner Harbor where skateboarding is not permitted. In the video, Rivieri threatened to "smack [Bush] upside the head" if he continued to "back-talk." Rivieri also said that someone would kill Bush if he did not learn "the meaning of respect." After the video surfaced, Rivieri was suspended with pay while the Baltimore Police Department conducted an investigation. The story made national headlines and prompted another man to come forward with footage of an earlier confrontation with the officer. On February 15, 2008, WMAR-TV (an ABC News affiliate in Baltimore) aired a second video involving Officer Rivieri, in which he confronted an artist from Washington, DC. The artist, Billy Friebele, was making a film that depicted the reactions of passersby to a small box he was moving around a sidewalk with a remote controlled car. The footage shows Rivieri kicking the box and then the small car across the pavement before confronting Friebele. In the wake of the incidents in April 2008, the Baltimore Police Department made wholesale changes to the leadership of the unit patrolling the city's Inner Harbor. A new lieutenant and sergeant took command of the 12 officers in charge of patrolling the area from the edge of Federal Hill to the Falls way near Pier 5. Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for the police department, said: "Given the extreme nature of that incident, we thought it was important for the officers to brush up on their interpersonal skills." The mother of the boy filed a suit against Rivieri in April 2008, two months after the video was widely circulated, seeking $6 million for assault, battery and violation of rights. The city sought to have the suit dismissed, because, among other things, such claims must be filed within 180 days of the incident; but the family's attorney argued that the statute of limitations did not apply to a minor. On December 11, 2008, Baltimore Circuit Judge Marcus Z. Shar ruled that the lawsuit could proceed, despite being filed late. On September 14, 2009, Rivieri was granted a "motion for summary judgment to dismiss" by Circuit Judge Evelyn Cannon. William P. Blackford, the attorney for the Bush family, said of the judgment: "The family is incredibly disappointed, and feels wronged...they've had their day in court taken away." In early 2009, the Baltimore Police Department cited death threats Rivieri received after the YouTube video surfaced as a reason for implementing a new policy of not disclosing the names of police officers who shoot or kill citizens. Rivieri was eventually cleared by an internal police panel of using excessive force and discourtesies, but convicted of administrative charges of failing to write a report. The panel recommended that he be suspended five days, but Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III disagreed and fired him. On February 28, 2011, the firing of Rivieri was upheld.

Having seen some of the Youtube video and talked to some of the Skaters, I think this officer should not have lost his job, and lost his pension... and if the adverage citizen had a choice they too would agree. What the officer should have recieved having served the city for 129 years.. was remedial training, in fact haing talked to some of my skater friends, they say, they do this on purpose, they have one or two guys film, while two or three guys will continue swooping in on the officers personal space, they will ignore his orders, and push his/her buttons until they do something stupid on that video - What needs to be done in these cases is a simple case of first training, let the officer know it is a ploy, find the camera(s) and direct your comments to those cameras, so everything is on film, then explain the law in calm voice, one time, explaining the consquences of violating said law, then without arhument follow-up on those orders. Give everyone a chance, more of a chance than they are giving you. But remain calm, remain clear, and do your job.

Daniel G. Redd

On July 19, 2011, Officer Daniel G. Redd was arrested for drug trafficking. While on trial, Redd admitted to being involved in the process to distribute heroin. Redd is believed to be the first Baltimore Police officer charged with drug trafficking since William King and Antonio Murray were charged with shaking down drug suspects and then selling the drugs themselves. Both those officers received life in federal prison. Redd was sentenced to twenty years in custody in September 2012. 


Majestic towing BPD

Courtesy Ret. Det. Kenny Driscoll
Photoshop Work Done to Illustrate the Story

Majestic Towing Scandal

In May, 2012, Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III directed a team that included agents from the FBI and had used wiretaps and other techniques to break up a major corruption scandal centered around the Majestic Auto Body and Towing.
The shop paid Baltimore Police Officers a fee when they called off regular city licensed/contracted tow companies and called in Majestic tow trucks to handle the scene of an accident.
In all, 17 officers plead guilty to charges. At least 37 officers more were involved but not charged. I'm not making excuses, and what these guys did, it was wrong. But they weren't stealing, they weren't dealing drugs, and they weren't injuring people. What these guys were doing was lying, and for a Baltimore Police Officer that is just as bad as stealing, robbing, and dealing drugs; because in a courtroom, when we have to decide who is lying, the defendant, or the police officer; we need to be able to rely on the police officer. When an officer lies, he gives up the one thing he has that can be more powerful than any weapon he carries; he gives up his trust, and his integrity. Without integrity and trust, there is no use for a police officer in Baltimore. So, yes these guys weren't major criminals, and this wasn't a major corruption scandal within the department. Or maybe by Baltimore standards it was. No matter how we look at it, it was a sad day in Baltimore Police History, to see so many Officers willing to break that code of trust, to tarnish a badge that so many others had died to wear. The only positive to this incident is, that our Department is 3300 strong, this was only a little over 1% of that number, and not one of the other 99% would have put up with that activity from a partner 

Another Example of one of Baltimore's Good Cops
Donnie Wayson
Public Service
United States Air Force - and the BPD 


It has been a little over a year since I graduated and I still did not have a meaningful job so I began visiting the military recruiter’s office in Glen Burnie . There were so many opportunities that I went back for an evaluation to see what I might best like to do, to serve my country doing.

It took several visits, but finally, in December, 1976, I decided I would like to be a helicopter mechanic. Unfortunately, this job was not available so I came back he following year. Months later there still was no openings in helicopters, my field of choice so I decided to become a jet engine mechanic, which were needed. I signed the papers and enlisted into the United States Air Force and would soon begin a career in public service.

Basic Training

I would soon learn that everything was, “hurry up and wait” in the military. Eventually, 25 recruits and I were sworn in and were officially into the USAF. Around 1400 hours, as we were then on military time, we were taken to BWI airport. Two hours later, we were off to Atlanta, Georgia for a connecting flight to San Antonio, Texas.

We were met at the airport by a couple Sergeants who directed us to our ride. It was an old school bus painted blue and we were advised to get some rest. It was around 0100 hours when we eventually arrived at Lackland Air Force base. We remained on the bus for about 45 minutes when this rather large Sergeant, with a lot of stripes, boarded the bus and began advising us on how life as we knew it was about to change. We were then escorted to a classroom and advised we were in the 3704 Basic Military Training Squadron (BMTS). There were about 50 of us, all tired and scared. Another Sergeant came in and began ordering us to say, “Sir, Airman Wayson here reporting as ordered". For the next hour each of us, one by one, we had to stand up and give this reporting statement.

It was about 0500 hours when they guided us to our dormitory. We had 15 minutes to store our luggage, select a bunk, get a shower and go to bed. Most of us had just dozed off when the lights were turned back on and we were ordered to clean the shower and bathroom. Tripping all over each other, we worked until they were clean. The lights went out at 0600 hours. They allowed us to sleep until noon.

Through all the confusion I didn't realize we were on the third floor. We had five minutes to get dressed, make our beds and get outside into four columns. We were in the same clothes we arrived in. If you were taller than the man in front, you tapped him on the shoulder and change places. When we were finished you could see the organization. We went into the mess hall, one column at a time, until everyone was in. We were given 15 minutes to eat.

After chow we marched straight to the barbershop where my hair was buzzed in 15 seconds at a cost of fifty cents. There was one guy whose hair was waist length. If you saw him from behind you would believe he was a woman. His hair should have been donated to make a wig, it looked that good. When the barber took the first cut and he saw it, he was sick and threw up all over the mirror. Everyone was stunned then started laughing as he no how to clean up hismess. Afterwards, it was to the quartermaster unit where we were measured for our dress uniforms, and then we were issued socks, underpants, t-shirts, fatigue pants, shirts, field jacket, hat and combat boots. All of these items were put in a military issued duffle bag and back to the barracks we went. photo2054

We would learn dorm preparation, drill and entry room procedures. During the first week we would have medical checks ups and obtain our identification cards. We would learn the various ranks and the chain of command and how and who to salute.

During the second week, we would receive career guidance along with learning how to handle, maintain and fire the M16. The following week, we learned basic first aid, bleeding control, bandaging and dressing wounds. We ran the obstacle course and received our dress uniforms and instructions on how to wear them. Later, we learned CPR and the code of conduct. We were delayed learning basic leadership receiving a deployment briefing because of a swine flu outbreak. After three days in lock down, we were “stir crazy”. We had to receive flu shots and unfortunately, some of us needed to be hospitalized, including me!

Thankfully the quarantine only lasted eight days, so during my fifth week in basic training, we avoided learning about Air Force history and picked up with financial management advice and an exit briefing. During our final week we received a physical training evaluation, got haircuts, again, a commander’s departure, technical school and day pass briefing. I used the day pass to go to San Antonio where I saw  the Alamo and the River Walk. Graduation day was very impressive with a parade and a “fly over” then it was off to technical school at Chanute AFB.

Technical Training

I arrived in Chicago O’Hare airport with a couple dozen men and women who had also just completed basic training. It was 80 degrees when I left Texas and in the 30's when I arrived in Rantoul, Illinois. I looked forward to the ten weeks of jet engine training ahead of me.

It was a Thursday afternoon when I was processed. I met my roommate and he and I photo2028went to the Pit (Persons In Training) and Ping (Persons In Need of Graduation). These were on-base bars a five minute walk from the dormitory. The place was packed with people and the prices were cheap and the beer was cold. There were ten of us sitting at the table where I met Donna. She had just arrived that afternoon and was there for avionics training. 

Around midnight Donna, myself and three more couples headed off base to get a motel room. The motel was full, but as luck would have it we met a local who offered to give us a ride to the next motel about 10-15 miles away. We accepted and got it the bed of his pickup and got under the tarp that was there; after all, the temp was in the teen's. He had a tapped keg of beer which was tempting, but it was too cold.

We arrived at the Ramada Inn and found only one room available. We took the room because after all, we were cold and had no placed to sleep. We settled in and turned the lights out getting to know each other, yes of course sex. Afterall it had been several months since any of us was around someone of the opposite sex. It was about 0300 when everyone fell asleep.

A couple hours later I heard a bunch of giggling that woke me up. I could see it was all the woman in the bathroom. I didn't think anything of it until a few minutes later my leg was being rubbed. It was pitch dark but I knew this wasn't the same partner I was just with.

Checkout was at one o'clock that afternoon. Can you believe the same local guy was outside the motel offering us a ride back to the base? He said it was a local tradition to help new military members. I never saw the other couples again but did see Donna regularly for about seven weeks until we received our regular duty assignments. She had found someone who was going to be stationed at the same place she was going. We said our goodbyes a few dayslater and I never saw her again.

My class schedule was great. I went to school from 0600 hours to 1200 hours. Getting up was no problem and after the first week I made arrangements to fly home. I booked an afternoon flight and was home by evening. It was great to see my family; my Mom, Dad and brother. They threw a little party for me. Afterwards, my friends took me out for a few hours and got totally wasted. I got back home by four and called the airport to confirm my reservation.

My return flight was cancelled and a new one had not been scheduled yet. I got a couple hours sleep and then loaded up my backpack. By seven that morning my Mom and Dad were up and asked why I was up so early. I told them I had to drive back because the flight had not been rescheduled and I couldn’t risk being late back to duty. 

I decided to drive my Kawasaki 400 motorcycle and left right away. Rantoul was a twelve hour ride from Baltimore. It was a great spring day and the ride was mostly on Route 70. I stopped for gas kz400 or when my butt needed a break. Each time I checked the map to make sure I was heading in the right direction. GPS' was not around back then.

At one point during the trip, I met up with a group of over 50 motorcycles. They were a friendly group and I pulled up the rear. A couple hours later then it was dark, I needed to change from my dark visor to my clear visor and put my leather jacket on. I was entering routes in the Midwest that were long and flat farmland and the mosquitoes and bugs were horrible. Every so often I needed to stop to clean my visor and button my jacket like a turtleneck.

I was riding along when something hit my visor. Whatever it was, my visor was cracked and I had to put my dark one back on. I was lucky I had only a little over an hour left on the trip because it was a tough ride at night using a dark visor. I arrived on base at 2200 hours, just in time for a midnight breakfast at the mess hall. I ate an omelet, called home to let my parents know I had arrived safely, and then straight to bed I went. My butt was still buzzing from my 15 hour cruise.

I was a skinny 170 pound kid when my new roommate introduced me to weight lifting. He was an avid lifter and been lifting for years. He devised a program for me and for the next couple weeks my daily schedule consisted of school, lunch, sleep, weight lifting, dinner, a movie then bed. In just around two weeks I started to see results, I had put on five pounds. There were five weeks of jet engine training completed with five more weeks to go.

The dormitory consisted of three floors; men on the first two floors and the woman were on the third. My room was on the second floor at the end of hall, the exit next to me. One evening the hurricane siren sounded and everyone headed to the cafeteria. This was when I met Diana; an attractive girl from Oregon, especially in her pajamas. She was a great girl and I thought it was love at first sight. We spent a lot of quality time with each other for weeks. However it was getting near graduation and we both had our orders. Diana's orders were in the Midwest and mine were on the East Coast.

My Mom and Dad came out one weekend and picked me up and I flew back with them. During my final week I met Rebecca Ford from New Castle, Delaware. She had rented a trailer and said she would take my duffle bag and stereo for me. Graduation day was here. The Air Force didn't put on as big a show as they did at Lackland AFB on graduation day. I had my certificate and my orders to Dover AFB, Delaware. I headed out early the next morning on another 15 hour cruise on my motorcycle heading home. It was a warm day and the bugs weren’t as bad during daylight hours. I was heading down I-70 when I saw the I-695 sign. I was only an hour from home and it was energizing.

I got home while it was still daylight. I unpacked and spent the evening with my family. The next day I called Rebecca to find out when I could pick up my things. She was home so my father and I drove to meet her in New Castle. This was the first time I saw her out of uniform, I almost didn't recognize her. I thanked her and we were on our way back home. We talked on the phone a few more times, but I lost contact with her after about six months.


Dover AFB, Delaware

The next day my dad drove me to Dover Air Force Base. The fastest way was over the bay bridge(MD RT301) to MD RT113 to DE RT4 to DE RT13 to the Air Force base; It takes a little over two hours. The C5A Galaxy airplanes were gigantic, at that time were the largest aircraft in the world. The Military Police gave us a base map and directions to the 436th FMS barracks where I needed to go.

The barracks were nice and consisted of three floors; men on the first two floors and woman on the third. The duty Sargeant,, took both us to my room on the second floor where I met my roommate. Each room housed two people and varied in size depending which wing you were on.

From the barracks we went to the jet engine shop where I would be working, it was about a half-mile away. The shop was big and organized with a white floor. I am 6 foot tall and could stand up in the engine intake of the TF39 jet engines. I needed to report to the jet engine office and report for duty, it was a formality. The chief master sergeant in charge took me to the crew chief, a Tech Sergeant. I can't remember his name but he look like Fred Flintstone. The rest of the men on the crew was Staff Sgt. Rivard, Senior Airman Jones and Airman First Class(A1C) Santiago. I was given off until Monday, giving me a three day weekend. Dad and me headed back to Baltimore. He was impressed with what he saw and I'm glad I was able to share that with him. Early Sunday morning (0400) I was off on my motorcycle for my first day of work at 0800 hours. It was orientation day where you were given a tour and met the commanding officer and his staff, which was pretty boring. My work day ended at 1600 hours, I walked back to my barracks and went to bed, I was exhausted. Before I knew it it was 0600 and the alarm is going off. I thought my alarm awakened my roommate, who came in sometimes in the middle of the night. No, it worked out that we both worked in the same shop on the same shift. Today when I got off I went back to my barracks and changed into sweatpants and went over to the gym.

The gymnasium had a full-size basketball facility along with an Olympic style weights in the weight room. I picked up on my routine that I began in Chanute. After my workout and I went back to my room where I showered and headed to the mess hall. After I finished eating I went to the base movie, it was just down the street about two blocks. My room was located within eyesight of the mess hall, a short walk to the movies and gymnasium. The walk to work,the jet engine shop was about 6 blocks. If you want to go to the commisary or base exchange (BX) you probably should drive because it was a little over a mile.

It turns out my first roommate just weren't going to workout so I requested a room change. It took a week and I was moved to another wing and met my new roommate, Gene Pon from New York. Dover rolled up their sidewalks when it got dark. Most evenings I went to movies, after all it was only a buck for a ticket. Living so close to home, I would go home most weekends Living only two hours from home except when the weather got warm I would head to the beach either Rehoboth Beach or Ocean City, they were within an hours ride.

I was on leave when David Schultheis and me went to this bar in South Baltimore for Tequila Tuesday's. Every Tuesday this bar ran this special, quarter tequila shots. We knew we were going to get wasted so we talked the bus. While there I saw two girls sitting across from the dance floor, one was not drinking. While I was still sober I went over and introduced myself and this is where I met Kathy Simering and she gave me her phone number. After she left things were pretty fuzzy. I don't remember the bus ride home, especially after seven or eight shots of tequila with a beer chaser. I gave her a call a few days later and made a date for that Friday night. I picked her up around 7 PM and we went to dinner and a movie, you are traditional first date. I walked her to the door, we kissed goodnight and I would call her tomorrow. That evening we went to a bar in Southeast Baltimore where her dad, stepmother and stepsister were hanging out. I've been in dive bars before but this one ranks right up there. It was around midnight, which was a good time to get out of there. We got back to her house and the only person home was her grandmother, who had lost her larynx to cancer. The only bright spot was Bonnie Farrington; except one bad decision each of us made played a major role in our possible future together. Before meeting Bonnie I had applied for the Palace Chase program I had been a Dover Air Force Base for couple years and saw no chance of getting orders elsewhere. There were only three bases in the world that the C-5A called home, making jet engine mechanics in high demand. This was the second time I applied for Palace Chase program. I was told that if your answer took longer than six weeks it was probably approved; any earlier it was most likely denied. The first time I applied I received a response in less than three weeks advising me my application was denied and I could apply again after 30 days. I waited about six weeks and submitted another application. This time three months went by and I had not heard anything. I was about to call to check to see if they received my application when I received a response advising me application was approved and I should report to the base administration office to begin discharge proceedings. I began the discharge process and was discharged from active duty on June 8, 1979.

Laura and Danny wedding June 20, 1979 After my discharge from active duty from the United States Air Force, I had orders to report to my next assignment the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard at Martin’s State Airport in Middle River, Maryland within 72 hours. I would be required to report one weekend a month, two weeks a year.

The base was one of the first to receive the new A10 aircraft powered by General Electrics TF34 jet engine. These jet engines having few hours on them required no periodic maintenance. We were just doing busy work, cleaning, safety checks, etc. The best thing about being assigned here was I didn't have to report on drill weekends. As long as I put in 16 hours a month I could do it Monday to Friday which I would do two or more hours daily to get my hours in. I only reported on drill weekend which was in August, 1979. This turned out to be the last time I reported to the 175th because my "Life Changing" happened. They eventually discharged me on June 22, 1981. 

Baltimore Police Department

Becoming a police officer almost didn't happen. It was a Sunday afternoon and my girlfriend Terri met me at my house. I met Terri at a nightclub in Perring Plaza about a month ago. She was driving up Arsan Avenue and I was driving down. We pulled beside each other and I suggested where she should park. An impatient jerk was behind her and began honking his horn. He drove past me without a word and I presumed the horn honking was it. I went ahead and parked down the block from my house and was walking up the street. Evidently this guy went around the block and then came up behind me and hit me in the head with something. I fell to the ground and before I knew it he was biting me on the bridge of my nose. The force of the bite and my nose punching him to get him off me left me bloody. The man took off running up the street and although I was dizzy I got up and started running across cars that had gathered on the street. I was able to grab him through the driver’s side window when he pulled away. I was just about to catch him as he turned onto Sixth Street when I fell off the curb. I got up and continued after him but all I got was his tag number. By this time there were uniform police everywhere and I was being detained in the back of a paddy wagon going to the Southern District. Thankfully, I wasn't charged but I had two black eyes and a nose shattered in over 40 places requiring surgery.

I had the surgery at Baltimore County General Hospital where I remained for two days. Terri was there everyday. It took a few days for the swelling to go away and another two weeks for the black eyes to disappear. Terri and me were coming home from Orioles one Saturday evening. It was around midnight and I felt like going to Crystal's a bar on Washington Boulevard except she didn't. We were both stubborn and never talked or saw each other again. After this happened, all I wanted to do was take the summer off. It was a good thought except my cash had run out so I went and applied for unemployment where they sent me for a job interview at General Electric Corporation in Columbia, Maryland. I tried to discourage him but I was hired anyway. You had to be kidding me; assembly line and evening shift during the summer, what could be worst. The money was better than expected which allowed me to buy my first new car, a 1979 Ford Mustang with a black exterior and a red interior. After healing I took the first chance I had to go to Baltimore Police headquarters 601 East Fayette Street in Baltimore City to apply to become a Police Officer . 

Hiring Process

The application process was slow and I had to return often for interviews which seemed to always fall on a Friday when I would take the day off from GE. It was Thursday night and I advised my boss that I needed to take off on Friday, October 26, 1979. He advised me that if I took another day off it would be my last day, which was cool with me. I couldn't resist so I had to ask, "Do you want two weeks notice?" he laughed and said good luck. As luck would have it I was hired on Friday and reported for duty on Monday, October 29, 1979 as a Police Officer trainee. First I was required to go to City Hall and be sworn in. There were a few of us there, one was a very attractive woman. When I returned to BPD I was issued my ID card, hat piece and badge with 859 on them. handcuffs, handcuff key and an photo2056 espantoon. I was also issued uniform shirts along with khaki pants and jacket that would be worn while in the academy. We were responsible for our shoes. When I got home I was going through the items, looking at my picture on ID card, checking out the handcuffs when I realized the handcuff key I had wasn't for the handcuffs I had. It was about the time when Mike Mandis came over and was playing with the handcuffs. I told him to be careful because I don't have the handcuff key for those cuffs when I heard that click. Damn, Mike had handcuffed himself and we both began laughing. I called the Southern District and ask them to send a car to Maude Ave and 5th Street. A female officer responded and I had to explain to her what happened. Mike was standing there with a towel over the cuffs. After many questions to mess with me she took the handcuffs off Mike setting him free. I was just glad she didn't report me. The next day I reported to the Property Division where I would work until the academy started. It was an enjoyable two weeks waiting for my orders to report to the academy. In 1979 the police academy was in Police Headquarters on the 9th and 10th floors. After three months of testing, interviews, and having my background investigated, a childhood dream had finally come true. I had passed the preliminary stage and was hired as a police officer for The Baltimore Police Department. Mike, my best friend since childhood, was at my house when I got home. I don’t know who was happier, him or me. I was playing show and tell with the various equipment just issued to me. Mike had begun fiddling with the handcuffs. I began to warn him not to put the cuffs on, because I did not see the key for them. Before I got the warning from my lips, I heard a clicking noise. To my surprise, Mike had just locked the handcuffs on his wrists. After we finished laughing, reality set in and we had to decide how we were going to get them off. Mike had a cast on his leg, which compounded problems. I tried to get in touch with my brother-in-law, who also is a police officer, so I could use his cuff key. He was working and couldn’t be reached. All I kept thinking was that we would have to cut them off and that I would have to face the consequences. This happened back in 1979. Calling the police wasn’t as simple as dialing 9-1-1. Plus, I had the nosiest neighbors in the world and preferred not to have a police car come to the house. We finally decided to call the police from the phone booth down the block by the store. Mike leaned on me and we hobbled on our way. When we got there I didn’t have any change and Mike, being handcuffed couldn’t get to his pockets. I retrieved a dime from his pocket and called the police. About 10 minutes later we could see the police car coming down the street. The closer it got, the more I could feel the embarrassment building within me. It was a female officer. She looked confused. After Mike was able prove he wasn’t an escapee and I showed my identification, we all had a good laugh. 

Police Academy

I was in class 79-11 the 11th and last Academy class of 1979. There were 35 of us in this class of mostly woman. One of the woman was Laverne Day, who I was sworn in with. We met our class advisor Sgt Frank Melcavage who advised us of what was expected and how the day would begin. Each morning would photo2057 begin with roll call and a daily inspection. We had individuals in our class from Boston, New York, Puerto Rico as well as locals like me. Classes were generally 40 minutes with a 10-15 minute break and consisted of law, patrol procedures, psychology, sociology etc. After each week we would be given a test to evaluate our progress.

Everyone in class seemed to be getting along; Jerry Suprey from Boston had became a good friend and we would do goofy things during roll call like they stand put on one shoe from each other. The Sergeant never caught on or he didn't care. Class was in its third week; there are several attractive women in our class and one in particular caught my eye; Debra Fox. Jerry had seen me talking to Debbie a few times and told me I didn't have a chance. I was a confident someone and said it'll take a week. I still played ice hockey on Tuesdays at the Benefield Pines Ice Rink in Millersville about 30 minutes from me. She decided to go with me to my hockey game; one of the craziest first dates I ever had.

She enjoyed it and when we got back to my house. I changed into some sweats, grabbeb my uniform for class in the morning and it was off to Debbie's apartment where I would spend the night. I needed to take a shower and the next thing I knew she joined me. That caught me off guard and before I knew it we were kissing and touching. We toweled off and to the bedroom where we continued. It was the worst sex of my life and I presumed this would be the first and last time that would happen. We talked about it and she agreed it needed improvement. We gave it another try and another and another. We began spending a lot of time together and I was staying at her place just about every night and things in the bedroom were much improved. We were an item for most of the academy until she ended it. The academy was easy for me especially the patrol portion. We had an excellent instructor Agent William Stone. When we had any practicum like car stops he would designate me to take the patrol car if anyone left it running during a car stop. The first victim was Joe Chianca and it was funny. Joe wound up being the class valedictorian;; what he lacked it in street smarts he doubled in book smarts.

The academy was fun and came easy to me except for term papers but I managed. Our daily runs were either on the roof of headquarters which we had to get off of quickly if the helicopter had to land. If the weather was nice we would jog through theInner Harbor which was still under construction. We lost many of the woman in the class and the class size had dwindled in size to 17. We were in week 12 and been to range and would be getting our firearms soon. We had to get our blue uniforms and were sent to Howard Uniform to get measured for them. The following week we picked them up; two pair of summer weight pants, two pair winter weight pants, a light weight jacket and a winter weight reefer. A couple days later we qualified for our firearms. 

Field Training

The khakis's were now history and we now looked liked police officers. The next couple weeks flew by and we were in week 16 and it was time for field training. Agt Stone had been trying for years to pursuade my ex-brother-in-law Officer Bob Cowley to be a FTO (field training officer) for years. Bob agreed only if he could train me.

It was all set except a similar arrangement had been made with an officer in a previous class and they did something that affected my being trained by Bob. I was now going to the Eastern District and was going to be trained by Agent Ernie Meadows a good friend of Bob's except Ernie was going to be OIC(officer in charge) for the month because his Sergeant would be away for a month. My FTO would now be Officer Alan Swenson; a knowlegable guy but out of shape. Our first interesting call was for a DOA(dead on arrival) where the man had a heart attack and died while watching televison with his wife. She believes he's just sleeping. One of the biggest thrill's on being on field training is getting your first arrest. Mine came when we pulled up on a location where there were six men gambling (shooting dice) and there was several hundred in the pot. The dice and money were there in plain view on the street but no one claimed ownership until one guy spoke up and said it was his and as soon as he touched it I advised himhe was under arrest. He took off running and I was on his tail; he was running towards a bunch of houses but he had to go down a hill to get there.

I just gave him a little push and his momentum carried him into the wall which made it easy to cuff him. My first arrest "woohoo" what would be next; A couple days later our shift was just beginning when a signal 13 (officer needs assistance) or a 10-13 the most serious of calls came out that an officer was pinned down by gunfire on Monument Street. I was driving and was just around the corner a headed up Monument the wrong way; just as I was 10-23(on the scene) I couldsee the officer in the street when a gun shot rang out and the bullet went off the hood of my patrol car. I put the car in park doing about 5 mph. I pushed my partner(FTO) out his passenger door and down behind the front end we took cover (behind the engine block is supposed to be the safest place too take cover) trying to locate the shooter. Once we were sure we were safe I needed to check on the condition on the officer who initiated the 10-13. He was good and at that time the calvary arrived. It was six officers all with shotguns coming down the street. Into the house they went but the second unit on the scene forgot to secure the rear of the location and the suspect got away. What a rush; I know things are for keeps out here.

I went to the fop#3 lodge after we got off. I ran into Joanne someone I had talked with briefly back when we both were applying with the department. We talked and I go her number. 

photo2043 There were no more serious instances Agt Alan Swenson said things were slow; enjoy it because it doesn't happen that often. I had a few more doa's before my field training was up and it was back to the police academy for the final week. We received our evaluations which determined if you graduated and fill of our district requests(a form where you selected where you would like to be assigned). It was graduation day(04/25/1980) and my dad was there; you went in alphabetical order so I was the next to last to go across stage receive my certificate and assignment from the police commissioner. I was assigned to the Northeastern District. At the graduation reception I met Major Richard Connolly the commanding officer of the Northeastern District where he gave me the weekend off and told me to report on Monday morning at 0800 hours.

Northeastern District

I reported on Monday morning and was advised I would be working for Sgt John Draa and they were on midnight shift. I went home and tried to get a few hours sleep and returned at 2200 hours and reported to Sgt John Draa who had 20+ years on the job. Sgt Draa advised me that he was in charge of sector two which had seven posts. I rode with him this evening where he showed me the size of the sector, the posts boundaries and gave me pointers on finding streets. The next night I was partnered with Officer John Zartman a 25 year veteran ready to retire. He was a dinosoar as old school as they come. He showed me the best locations to go in the hole(place out of site from public view to catch 40 winks) and how to position yourself and your the patrol car. We had just settled in when about 0400 hours Captain John Lewandowski announced he was on the street which meant time to get visible. We went on foot patrol on Harford Road in Hamilton and began turning up businesses. This was a fancy way of saying we were twisting door knobs to see if they were open or unlocked. When we changed to 4x12 shift a couple veteran officers had me meet them at the FOP lodge for a beer. I worked with another veteran officer (Ron Colligan) on 424 post. I had worked all the posts in sector#2 and enjoyed 425 car best. It was the largest post and in the center of sector#2. After a few days I had made enough of and impression and we were shorthanded that I was going to be a one man unit. I worked 425 car on what must of been the busy night ever. There's an unwritten rule that you try to adhere to which is: handling calls on your post and the sector. I was running from one end of post handling calls from disorderly's to an aggravated assault. At the end of the shift my run sheet was full, handling 16 calls. I held my own and impressed the veteran officers in my squad. I continued working as a one man unit floating from unit to unit.


Baltimore Police Officer Charged with Lying in Search Warrant

Police raided Canton home, found guns, but officer now accused of lying

November 02, 2012|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore City police detective was charged Thursday with lying in a search warrant affidavit to gain entry to a Canton home, then trying to obstruct an ensuing internal affairs investigation. The raid resulting from the affidavit led to the discovery of guns and suspected drugs, police said at the time, and a 39-year-old man was arrested. But the man's lawyer says an analysis came back negative for drugs, and prosecutors were forced to drop the gun charges after the misconduct allegations arose. Adam Lewellen, a member of the Violent Crimes Impact Section, faces charges of perjury, misconduct, obstructing and hindering, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation. "As today's charges demonstrate yet again, we are committed to fully investigating alleged misconduct by public officials of any kind and, where appropriate, prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law," State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said in a statement. Earlier in the day, Bernstein swore in a new police misconduct prosecutor, former state prosecutor Shelly S. Glenn. Bernstein's office has brought charges against several officers this year, including another officer accused of lying to obtain a search warrant. The new charges say that Lewellen, 30, "willfully and falsely made an oath to a District Court judge that falsely described an alleged controlled buy by a confidential informant and an investigation into a suspect" in order to obtain a search-and-seizure warrant for a home in the 3100 block of Foster Ave. on March 22. According to court records, Lewellen was involved in a March 27 raid at the same address, after obtaining a warrant from District Judge Shannon Avery, who has been on the bench since August 2010. Lewellen, along with six other officers, used force to enter the home and encountered David Esteppe, who lived there, according to police records. During a search, police found a shotgun, a rifle and ammunition, and police said Esteppe waived his rights and wrote down on a piece of paper that the weapons belonged to him. Esteppe, who has a second-degree assault conviction, was prohibited from owning the weapons, and the officers also said they found a scale with suspected cocaine inside a kitchen pantry. Esteppe was arrested, held on $25,000 bond and released that day. He was later indicted, but the charges were dropped over the summer.  John Raine III, Esteppe's attorney, said the drug charge was dropped because a chemical analysis on a kitchen scale came back negative. A paraphernalia charge based on the scale itself was also dropped. But he declined to comment further on the case, saying Esteppe was still a client of his in a matter connected to the search. "I'm really not at liberty to discuss why I think he was targeted," he said. The misconduct charges accuse Lewellen of trying to mislead an internal affairs investigator and influencing an undisclosed witness. Lewellen served on the Fraternal Order of Police's contract negotiation team. Carlos Vila, another member of the team, was recently charged with tape-recording a conversation with a judge in violation of the state's wiretapping laws. The union president, Robert F. Cherry, did not return a request for comment, and attempts to reach Lewellen were unsuccessful. As was mentioned in the Majestic Towing Story/Scandal, the officer did more than lie, but his lies seems to outshine the wrongs the officer did, because his lies will be the one thing they can definitely remove him from the force for. Everything else might be hard to prove, but having been caught in a single lie is all it takes.

Officer Admits Robbing Banks
- Veteran of city force pleads guilty, noting gambling problem City police veteran of 19 years admits guilt in bank robberies

December 16, 2000
By Del Quentin Wilber

A veteran Baltimore police officer admitted yesterday in federal court that he robbed two city banks four times, stealing more than $250,000 - only to gamble it away.  Lt. Michael Timothy Snow, 39, who had been on the force 19 years at the time of his arrest in May, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to charges of bank robbery, armed bank robbery and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will drop seven other counts. They will argue at sentencing that Snow should serve between 15 and 17 1/2 years in prison. Snow's sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 2. After yesterday's hearing, Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris said the guilty plea felt "bittersweet." "It's a sad day for a police chief," Norris said. "The people of Baltimore City should take solace. ... The message is clear. We prepared to do this when we got here, and we're very serious about this," he said, referring to an effort to clean up corruption in the department's ranks. Snow's attorneys, Jim Wyda and Jeffrey Risberg, said their client robbed the banks because he had a "weakness for gambling." "Lieutenant Snow is a good man," Wyda said. Snow is one of three city police officers who have been arrested recently in high-profile corruption cases. In October, Officer Brian L. Sewell was charged with falsely arresting a city man. He is accused of planting drugs on the man during a sting operation conducted by Baltimore police internal affairs officers. This month, Officer John Harold Wilson was arrested on federal charges and accused of being a central figure in a regional Ecstasy ring. "It's very frustrating," Norris said yesterday of the recent corruption allegations. "It makes the job of honest police officers that much tougher." Snow stood quietly during the proceeding yesterday and answered questions posed by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz with "Yes, sir." After being led away by U.S. marshals, Snow waved and blew a kiss to relatives and friends sitting in the courtroom. Snow's robbery spree began in December 1996, when he held up the Bay Vanguard Federal Savings Bank in the 1500 block of E. Fort Ave. A year later, he robbed the same bank again. In December 1998, he held up a Bay Vanguard Federal Savings Bank in the 1200 block of S. Light St. and held up the same bank again in May 1999. In all, he made off with more than $250,000. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Welsh said the case hinged on several crucial pieces of evidence. Police recovered a pair of gloves worn by the bank robber in the December 1998 holdup. DNA testing revealed that those gloves were worn by Snow, Welsh said. George Proctor Kane (1820–1878) was Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, from November 5, 1877, to his death on June 23, 1878. He is best known for his role as Marshall of Police during the Baltimore riot of 1861[1] and his subsequent incarceration in Fort McHenry and Ft. Warren prisons without benefit of habeas corpus. His position as Marshall of Police and his Southern sympathies were two of many factors in Abraham Lincoln's decision in February 1861 to pass through Baltimore surreptitiously on his way to Washington to be inaugurated, in order to avoid a possible assassination attempt. Despite his politics, Kane was instrumental in providing protection and an escort for Mrs. Lincoln on her arrival in Baltimore in February 1861 on her way to the inauguration of her husband, who had preceded her. Contents 1 Early Political Life 2 Kane and the Baltimore Plot 3 Baltimore riot of 1861 4 Kane's Arrest 5 Kane in the Civil War 6 After the Civil War 7 Notes 8 References

Early Political Life

Kane was born in Baltimore in 1820 and at an early age entered the grain and grocery business. He was commissioned an ensign in the "Independent Grays", a military organization, and afterward commanded the "Eagle Artillery" and the "Montgomery Guards". He was later Colonel of the First Maryland Regiment of Artillery. Mrs. Kane was Miss Anna Griffith, daughter of Capt. John Griffith, of Dorchester County, Maryland. Kane was (as a matter of course, since he had several political offices) much identified with the politics of the City of Baltimore. He was originally an adherent of the Old Whig Party and an active and enthusiastic supporter of Henry Clay as shown by the fact that he was Grand Marshal of the parade of the Whig Young Men's National Convention held at Baltimore May 1, 1844, which ratified the nomination of Mr. Clay for the Presidency of the United States. The future Mayor of Baltimore was then but twenty-four years old. In 1847, during the famine in Ireland, he was very active in relief work. At this period he was president of the Hibernian Society. With several others, Mr. Kane purchased the old 'H'-shaped, massive domed "Merchants' Exchange" (designed by famous architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, built 1816–1820, the largest building in America at the time, also known as the "Baltimore Exchange", later site of the present U.S. Customs House, built 1903) on South Gay Street between Water and East Lombard Streets and sold the property to the United States Government, which, upon remodeling the buildings, which had always housed Federal courts, customs, post office and a branch of the First Bank of the United States along with other city hall offices in one wing (until old City Hall – the previous Peale Museum on Holliday Street was acquired in 1830) and also those of lawyers, brokers, shipping companies and other maritime businesses in another wing now continued to use them for years exclusively as the U.S. Customs House and Post-office (until a new central Post Office of Italian Renaissance architecture with eight small towers and large central clock tower) was constructed in 1889 on the east side of Battle Monument Square. He was active in the Old Volunteer Fire Department and president of the Old Independent Fire Company. Historians credit Colonel Kane with suggesting a paid steam fire department which was later organized.


In 1849 he was appointed Collector of the Port of Baltimore.

In the 1850s, Baltimore was a city mired in political corruption and mob violence with occasional riots between rival gangs known as "Plug-Uglies" and others (similar in look and feel to the situation in Civil War-era New York City portrayed in director Martin Scorsese's 2005 film "Gangs of New York" based on the novels of Herbert Asbury). The new Baltimore City Police Department had just been organized a few years before in 1857 along with the Baltimore City Fire Department also just the year before in 1859 to eliminate some of the violent clashes between competing rival volunteer fire companies which had served since the 1770s. As a result, the Maryland legislature embarked upon a reform movement, which included finding a strong new Marshal (chief) of Police. Kane filled the bill, becoming Marshal of Police in 1860. According to historian J. Thomas Scharf, "It is impossible to overrate the change that the organization of an efficient police force wrought in the condition of the city."[3] Mayor George William Brown later wrote that the entire police force "had been raised to a high degree of discipline and efficiency under the command of Marshal Kane."


Kane and the Baltimore Plot

In February 1861, Detective Alan Pinkerton, working on behalf of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, uncovered what he believed to be a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln as he journeyed through Baltimore on his way to Washington to begin his first term. Pinkerton presented his findings to Lincoln, which included his belief that Kane, Marshall of Police of Baltimore, was a “rabid rebel”[5] who could not be trusted to provide security to Mr. Lincoln while in Baltimore. Pinkerton believed that Kane could participate in the plot merely by underperforming in his duties, thereby giving others ample opportunity to carry out their plans, and claimed to have overheard a conversation in a Baltimore hotel in which Kane indicated that he had no intention of providing a police escort for Lincoln.[6] Baltimore at this time was a hotbed of pro-Southern sympathies. Unlike other cities on the President-elect's itinerary, including New York, Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Baltimore had planned no official welcome for Lincoln. Pinkerton’s information regarding Kane, along with other information discovered by him, his operatives and others, led to the President-elect's decision to follow the detective’s advice, changing his travel plans and passing through Baltimore surreptitiously nine hours ahead of his published schedule.

In 1868, in response to stories then circulating in the press about the Baltimore plot, Kane wrote a lengthy account of his view of the events of Feb. 21–23, 1861. He believed the President and his family would arrive in Baltimore as planned on the North Central Railroad at the Calvert Street Station at 12:30 pm on February 23, and depart on a 3 pm train from the Camden Station on the west side of town. That left two and a half hours to fill in a city in which the President got only about 1000 votes, and most of those, according to Kane, from “the very scum of the city.” In other words, there were no sizable numbers of upper crust Lincoln supporters who might be counted on to rally around the President in a public display, and entertain him, as had happened on the President’s previous stops in New York, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia. Kane came up with a plan, which he implemented, in which John S. Gittings, who owned the North Central Railroad, would travel to Maryland Line, get on the President’s train, and accompany him to Baltimore. Once in Baltimore, the train would make an unscheduled stop at Charles and Bolton Streets, where Kane would meet it with carriages that would carry the President and his family to Gittings’ mansion on Mt. Vernon Place. There a sumptuous meal would be served. This plan avoided the Calvert Street Station altogether and kept the President largely out of view of rabble rousers. According to his own account, Kane carried out his plan exactly, with the only exception being that the President was not aboard the train, having already traveled through Baltimore. Newspaper accounts that described Mrs. Lincoln being met by an unruly crowd in the Calvert Street station were erroneous; she had already alighted from the train.

Baltimore riot of 1861


Main article: Baltimore riot of 1861

On April 18, 1861, two companies of US Artillery and four companies of militia arrived from Harrisburg at the Bolton Station, in the northern part of Baltimore. A large crowd assembled at the station, subjecting the militia to abuse and threats. According to the mayor at the time, “An attack would certainly have been made but for the vigilance and determination of the police, under the command of Marshal Kane.”

Kane and others in Baltimore, knowing the fever pitch of the city, sought to learn about plans for other troops to pass through town, but their telegrams north asking for information were largely ignored, probably at least partly because of Kane's well-known Southern sympathies. So it was on the next day, April 19, that Baltimore authorities had no warning that troops were arriving from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The first of the troops had arrived at the President Street Station, on the east side of town, and had successfully traveled the one-mile distance along Pratt St. via horse drawn rail cars, to the Camden Yards station on the west side, to continue to Washington. There a disturbance ensued that soon brought the attention of Marshall Kane. His police, according to Mayor Brown, prevented a large and angry crowd “from committing any serious breach of the peace.”[9] Upon hearing reports that the mobs would attempt to tear up the rails leading toward Washington, Kane dispatched some of his men to protect the tracks.

Meanwhile, the balance of northern troops encountered greater difficulty traversing Pratt Street. Obstructions were placed on the tracks by the crowd and some cars were forced back toward the President Street station. The soldiers attempted to march the distance along Pratt Street, and according to Mayor Brown were met with “shouts and stones, and I think, an occasional pistol shot.”

The soldiers fired back, and the scene was one of general mayhem. Marshall Kane soon appeared with a group of policemen from the direction of the Camden St. Station, “and throwing themselves in the rear of the troops, they formed a line in front of the mob, and with drawn revolvers kept it back. … Marshal Kane’s voice shouted, “Keep back, men, or I shoot!” This movement, which I saw myself, was gallantly executed, and was perfectly successful. The mob recoiled like water from a rock.” By the time it was over, four soldiers and twelve civilians were dead. These were the first casualties of the Civil War.

Even though Kane appears to have executed his duties faithfully during these events, and wrote an official account defending his actions (Public record defense by Marshall George P. Kane of his actions on April 19, 1861, in dealing with the riot in Baltimore that shed the first blood of the Civil War), there is no question that he was very pronounced in his Southern sympathies. After the riot, Marshall Kane telegraphed to Bradley T. Johnson in Frederick, Md. as follows:

"Streets red with Maryland blood; send expresses over the mountains of Maryland and Virginia for the riflemen to come without delay. Fresh hordes will be down on us tomorrow. We will fight them and whip them, or die."

This startling telegram produced immediate results. Mr. Johnson, afterwards General in the Confederate Army, came with volunteers from Frederick by special train that night and other county military organizations began to arrive. Virginians were reported hastening to Baltimore.


Kane's Arrest

However, after days of excitement and suspense, the upheaval subsided, and soon General Benjamin Butler, with a strong Federal force, took possession of Baltimore’s Federal Hill where he erected extensive fortifications. For the period of the war Baltimore was closely guarded by Northern troops.

Marshall Kane remained in office as head of the police until June 27, 1861, when he was arrested in the dead of night at his house on St. Paul Street by a detachment of Federal soldiers and taken to Fort McHenry. From there he was sent to Fort Lafayette in New York. From there he wrote a letter to President Lincoln in September, 1861, describing the fever from malaria he contracted at Ft. McHenry, and the inhumane conditions at Fort Lafayette. "Whilst suffering great agony from the promptings of nature and effects of my debility I am frequently kept for a long time at the door of my cell waiting for permission to go to the water-closet owing to the utter indifference of some of my keepers to the ordinary demands of humanity."[14] Later he was moved to Fort Warren in Boston. In all he was confined for 14 months. He was released in 1862 and went to Montreal.


Kane in the Civil War

As the Civil War was beginning, Kane was moved from Fort McHenry to Fort Lafayette, and then to Fort Columbus, New York. From there he wrote to Secretary of State William H. Seward in October 1861 asking for a speedy trial and complaining that the conditions at Lafayette had been so bad that he required medical care for "an affection of the heart which I attribute to the nature of my confinement at Lafayette." This heart condition may have precluded his service later on the field of battle for the Confederacy. Eventually Kane was released and went to Canada.

According to the New York Times obituary of him on June 23, 1878, Kane received a commission on General Robert E. Lee’s staff, and was with Lee at Gettysburg. This seems unlikely; a letter he wrote to Jefferson Davis on July 17, 1863, just two weeks after Gettysburg, is from Canada, where Kane offers his services in organizing an expedition against Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit. His plan was to destroy all shipping, thus "paralyzing the lake commerce." By November, he writes Davis again from Montreal to report on the failure of a plan to rescue Confederate prisoners at Sandusky Bay.[18] In Canada in 1864, Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth presented to Confederate officials – including Kane – his plan to kidnap President Lincoln.

In February 1864 Kane ran the Federal blockade and was soon in Richmond. In 1864 he published a broadside in which he exhorted Marylanders in the Confederate army to form their own Maryland militias, rather than serve under the flags of other states. On July 20, 1864, he is reported by the Charleston Mercury to be “about to cooperate with our forces then near Baltimore, with 15,000 Maryland recruits." On October 8, 1864 he writes again to Davis, offering to recruit Marylanders to form a corps of heavy artillery, a suggestion that was politely declined. In March 1865, he is reported to have been instrumental in acquiring fresh uniforms for Marylanders in the Confederate Army. In the closing days of the war, he is still writing to Jefferson Davis to report on the movement of troops around Danville, Virginia.


After the Civil War

In 1865 Kane entered the tobacco manufacturing business at Danville, Va. Returning to Baltimore he was appointed to the Jones Falls Commission and was elected sheriff by the Democratic party in 1873.

On October 27, 1877, Kane was elected Mayor having won the Democratic nomination over Ferdinand C. Latrobe.

Mayor Kane was mayor of Baltimore City but a short time (his two-year term would have ended November 3, 1879). Ordinances receiving his approval were not numerous. One appropriated money for repairs to the Old City Hall on Holliday near Saratoga street, and transferred this building to the Commissioners of Public Schools to be used for school purposes. Authority to condemn and open Wolfe Street from Monument to North Avenue and Patterson Park Avenue from Oliver Street to North Avenue was granted. A resolution to appoint a committee to urge upon Congress the necessity of constructing a new post-office was approved by Mayor Kane and an ordinance to accept Homewood Park (a part of the present site of Johns Hopkins University) was signed April 8, 1878; this ordinance however was not carried into effect at that time. Colonel Kane died, while Mayor, June 23, 1878. Ferdinand C. Latrobe was elected to serve the unexpired term. Much of what is read in the papers or seen on TV about Police is aimed at making them look bad, take a look at this article


Cop Does Good, paper reports

An all too rare reporting of a cop doing a good deed.
Of course the cynic in me worries that he will get in trouble for 1) being off post, 2) shopping while on duty, and 3) accepting a police discount. That's the way cops think because that's the way the departments can f*ck you, when they want to. Only the good press might save him. Why do we let police work in a system where they can get in trouble for buying shoes for a barefoot homeless guy?

And that was the way an article was written... trying to turn a good deed into something bad... If anyone can do it the media will find something, and then point it out so that it appears as if there were a ton of wrongs. Truth be told the officer was on his post, (even then there are exigent circumstances that would allow an officer to leave his or her post) and obviously helping someone would fall into that category… as for shopping, he was not doing personal shopping, to buy something to help the helpless is not shopping… and third the police discount, it was not a police discount, it was an employee discount, the manager of the shoe store applied his employee discount as a way of contributing something from the store franchise to also help the homeless man. The shame is, when an officer does something good, spends money from his own pocket to help a citizen and then has a media source try to turn it into a negative. As citizens we should be thankful for our police, for these men and women that have risked and or given their lives so that we might be safe. For the media to constantly run negative stories about them, is counterproductive to society. So what we need to do when we read one of these stories is to ask ourselves, is this “The Police”, or “A police”, was this something he or she was assigned to do, or something they did on their own, is this something their partners would have also done… and in most cases you will find that it is not something all police would do, and in fact in most cases their fellow officers would be the ones that would have turned them in or arrested them. What would we do without police, who would we call… I say God Bless them, and thank God they do not give up on us, as often as we give up on them… 


Here's an article written by the Baltimore Sun about the Internal Afairs Unit HERE


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