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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 14, 2019. 10 comments

Police Surveillance Request Rubs Baltimore Urban League Chief the Wrong Way

Police Surveillance Request Rubs Baltimore Urban League Chief the Wrong Way

Where to draw the line when it comes to helping the cops solve crime is causing some controversy in Baltimore, with the head of the city’s Urban League shutting down the idea of letting police use her headquarters as a spy post.

Tiffany Majors, president of the Greater Baltimore Urban League, told the Baltimore Sun she quickly refused to let cops use the activist organization’s hub to do...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 14, 2019.

Baltimore H.S. Principal Trying to Teach His Son a Lesson About Police Interactions Gets Verbally Abused by Cop

Baltimore H.S. Principal Trying to Teach His Son a Lesson About Police Interactions Gets Verbally Abused by Cop

A Baltimore high school principal is speaking out about an incident with a white county cop in which the officer degraded and demeaned him in front of his son.

Vance Benton, who heads up Patterson High School in East Baltimore, wrote a letter to county officials about a July incident not far from his house, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Benton wrote he had never experienced that level of...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jan 31, 2019. 14 comments

Baltimore’s Marilyn Mosby Becomes Latest Top Attorney to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Cases But Faces Major Hurdle—the Police

Baltimore’s Marilyn Mosby Becomes Latest Top Attorney to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Cases But Faces Major Hurdle—the Police

Marijuana possession cases will no longer be prosecuted in Baltimore, regardless of how much marijuana is found or whether the person has a criminal record. Marilyn Mosby, the State’s attorney for Baltimore, made the announcement on Tuesday, making her the latest prosecutor to move away from trying marijuana cases.

“We need to get serious about prioritizing what actually makes us safe,” Mosby...

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Ericka Blount Danois Ericka Blount Danois Sep 13, 2018.

Freddie Gray Case: Closing Arguments Complete, Verdict Expected Thursday in Caesar Goodson Jr. Trial

Freddie Gray Case: Closing Arguments Complete, Verdict Expected Thursday in Caesar Goodson Jr. Trial

Closing arguments were made Monday in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., the driver of the van that carried Freddie Gray in April 2015. Goodson faces the most serious charges out of the six officers connected to Gray's death.

Goodson's charges include second-degree depraved-heart murder (a murder committed with indifference to human life), involuntary manslaughter,...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 28, 2018. 20 comments

At This Baltimore Summer Camp, All the Counselors Are Cops—But They Don't Tell Kids That Until the End

At This Baltimore Summer Camp, All the Counselors Are Cops—But They Don't Tell Kids That Until the End

The “Love You to Live” camp, on its face, seems like many other summer overnight camps. Designed to help Baltimore students who are in difficult circumstances or have already been through the juvenile justice system, the focus of the camp is to help students develop, connect to peers and role models who can support them, and potentially become leaders in their own right.

But as WJZ 13-TV...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Apr 14, 2018.

Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. Found Not Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder in Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. Found Not Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder in Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., who faced the most serious charge of all six officers indicted for the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, was found not guilty by a judge Thursday, WBAL-TV reports.

Goodson was the only officer charged with depraved-heart murder, a second-degree felony that carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. According to the station, the 46-year-old...

Monique Judge Monique Judge Feb 14, 2018. 10 comments

2 Baltimore Police Detectives Convicted of Racketeering and Robbery

2 Baltimore Police Detectives Convicted of Racketeering and Robbery

After nearly three weeks of testimony and two days of deliberation, a federal jury on Monday found two Baltimore police detectives guilty of racketeering and robbery. The cases against them were made as part of an ongoing investigation into corruption and rogue officers on the already heavily criticized police force.

The Associated Press reports that Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Nov 05, 2017. 6 comments

Trial Begins for Members of Heroin Ring Said to Be Protected by Baltimore Police Officers

Trial Begins for Members of Heroin Ring Said to Be Protected by Baltimore Police Officers

A federal trial began Monday that was expected to include testimony from a Baltimore detective who prosecutors say protected a deadly heroin ring.

Detective Momodu Gondo, known as “Poppy” to the members of the drug crew, pleaded guilty last week to federal charges of racketeering and conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin, according to the Baltimore Sun.

After Freddie Gray,...

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Ericka Blount Danois Ericka Blount Danois Nov 04, 2017. 4 comments

As Baltimore’s Homicides Reach 300, Activists Call for Another Cease-Fire Weekend

As Baltimore’s Homicides Reach 300, Activists Call for Another Cease-Fire Weekend

As the number of homicides in Baltimore this year climbs past 300 and the city’s Police Department remains embroiled in scandal, with officers caught on camera planting evidence and eight others facing federal racketeering charges, fed-up Baltimore City residents have decided to take matters into their own hands.

And they’re doing it using a simple tactic: love. Erricka Bridgeford is the...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Sep 19, 2017.

Baltimore Cop Caesar Goodson Jr., Driver of Van in Which Freddie Gray Was Fatally Injured, Chooses Bench Trial

Baltimore Cop Caesar Goodson Jr., Driver of Van in Which Freddie Gray Was Fatally Injured, Chooses Bench Trial

The Baltimore police officer facing the most serious charges in the Freddie Gray case has elected to have a bench trial, opting to place his fate in the hands of a judge, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The 46-year-old is the only officer charged with depraved-heart murder, a second-degree felony that carries a...

Monique Judge Monique Judge Sep 17, 2017. 9 comments

Justice Department Will Not Bring Charges Against Any of the Officers Involved in Freddie Gray’s Death

Justice Department Will Not Bring Charges Against Any of the Officers Involved in Freddie Gray’s Death

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it will not be filing federal civil rights charges against any of the Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody.

The Associated Press reports that in a statement, the Justice Department said that while Gray’s death was “undeniably tragic,” federal prosecutors did not have enough...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Sep 06, 2017.

Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice Found Not Guilty of All Charges in Death of Freddie Gray 

Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice Found Not Guilty of All Charges in Death of Freddie Gray 

Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice has been acquitted of all charges relating to the in-custody death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, WBAL-TV reports.

Rice, the highest-ranking Baltimore police officer to face charges in the case, and the fourth of six officers involved to go to trial, was facing charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Prosecutors had decided to...

Angela Helm Angela Helm Aug 20, 2017. 10 comments

2 Baltimore Cops Plead Guilty in Federal Racketeering Case

2 Baltimore Cops Plead Guilty in Federal Racketeering Case

Two former Baltimore police officers pleaded guilty Friday to federal racketeering charges, admitting that they used the citizens of Baltimore as personal ATM machines by robbing them, sometimes of tens of thousands of dollars, as well as falsely billing the Baltimore Police Department for overtime.

Marilyn Mosby Treated Baltimore Cops the Way Cops Treat Everyone Else; Now They’re Coming for...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Aug 20, 2017. 12 comments

Bodycam Footage Appears to Show Baltimore Cop Planting Drugs: Report

Bodycam Footage Appears to Show Baltimore Cop Planting Drugs: Report

A police officer in Baltimore has been suspended and two of his colleagues have been placed on non-public-contact administrative duty after the public defender’s office released bodycam footage that appears to show the first officer planting drugs at a crime scene prior to making an arrest.

Police and prosecutors have launched an investigation into the Jan. 24 incident, and other cases the...

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Kirsten West Savali Kirsten West Savali Aug 18, 2017. 22 comments

Alonzo Cox, 16, Viciously Assaulted by Baltimore County PD, Lives to Tell the Tale

Alonzo Cox, 16, Viciously Assaulted by Baltimore County PD, Lives to Tell the Tale

The actions of two Baltimore County police officers are now under review after they were captured on video last week violently detaining a 16-year-old child who was in need of help and clearly in distress.

Fox Baltimore reports that on Feb. 22, police were called to respond to reports that a 14-year-old girl (who has not been identified) had threatened Alonzo Cox, 16, with a knife during an...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Aug 18, 2017. 6 comments

Baltimore and the Department of Justice Release Details of Consent Decree Agreement

Baltimore and the Department of Justice Release Details of Consent Decree Agreement

The U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Baltimore announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement on a court-enforceable consent decree that will bring sweeping reforms to the Baltimore Police Department.

The Justice Department made the full 227-page consent decree available on its website and states that its purpose is to “ensure that the city and BPD protect individuals’...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Aug 17, 2017. 9 comments

As Dirty as They Wanna Be: 7 Baltimore Cops Indicted for Acting Like ‘Gangsters’

As Dirty as They Wanna Be: 7 Baltimore Cops Indicted for Acting Like ‘Gangsters’

Seven Baltimore police officers have been charged by federal prosecutors with a bevy of serious crimes and falsifying reports to cover them up. These cops were so rogue that the Baltimore police commissioner said they acted like old-school thugs.

“These officers are 1930s-style gangsters,” said Commissioner Kevin Davis, according to the BBC. “They betrayed the trust we’re trying to build with...

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Ericka Blount Danois Ericka Blount Danois Aug 13, 2016.

Baltimore’s Reaction to the DOJ Report: ‘Well, Duh’

Baltimore’s Reaction to the DOJ Report: ‘Well, Duh’

The only people who weren’t surprised by the 164-page Department of Justice report on the Baltimore Police Department’s rampant brutality were black residents of Baltimore City whose protests and complaints have fallen on deaf ears for years.

“The phrase ‘a few bad apples’ should now be banished from conversations about law enforcement in Baltimore,” said the Rev. Heber Brown III, who led many...

Genetta M. Adams Genetta M. Adams Aug 11, 2016.

The 7 Most Outrageous and Racist Acts Found in DOJ’s Report on Baltimore Police Department

The 7 Most Outrageous and Racist Acts Found in DOJ’s Report on Baltimore Police Department

The Department of Justice’s scathing report on the Baltimore Police Department spelled out in exacting detail how the BPD violated the constitutional rights of black residents through a series of brutal and abusive tactics that basically had a community under siege.

Perusing the pages of the report is like reading some bizarro crime novel, where the criminals wear badges and carry guns, all...

Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jun 21, 2016.

Judge to Read Baltimore Officer Caesar Goodson Jr.'s Verdict Thursday

Judge to Read Baltimore Officer Caesar Goodson Jr.'s Verdict Thursday

The verdict in the trial of Caesar Goodson Jr., the Baltimore police officer facing the most serious charge in the death of Freddie Gray, is expected to be read by Judge Barry Williams Thursday morning, two weeks after the trial began, CNN reports.

Goodson, who elected earlier this month to be tried by a judge and forgo a jury trial, is facing multiple charges, including second-degree...

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