Saturday, March 31, 2007

March 31

Murders #70 and 71: Pelvin Derrien, 23, of the 6800 block of Sturbridge Drive was killed during what witnesses say was an attempted robbery (though nothing was stolen). And an unidentified man was shot on the 3400 block of Noble St. March 30.

Parents of a 14-year-old Kevin Cooper, who was fatally shot last August 12 by a police officer in his Southwest Baltimore house last year, have filed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit. Police say Cooper was attacking the officer with a broom handle, the boy's family said he was unarmed and "never put his hands" on the officer.

10 comments:

ppatin said...

The kid breaks a broom handle over a cop's head and his parents have the gall to file a lawsuit? Here's some advice: if you don't want to get shot try to avoid beating up police officer. And the idea that that little shit was worth $25 million is laughable.

The Cybrarian said...

The broom-handle-breaking is not established as a fact, it's kid's word vs. cop's.

Gor said...

If I remember the case right, the police were there for some time before the incident. So much so, the situation calmed down enough that one of the officers thought it safe enough to leave. When there was only one officer alone inside the residence with the family, something happened in which the end result the kid was shot.

With having access all of the evidence I'm more in line with the officer's statement. It's been my experience that officers don't leave one another if a shooting has even a remote chance of happening. So, if something "shaddy" was going to happen I don't see the other officer leaving.

Now, even with that said, if I was going to sit on the jury my assumptions would be down the toilet and I would want to hear all the statements and hear all the testimony, before I would come to a confident decission.

The Cybrarian said...

Well, we'll hear (some version) of both sides in the lawsuit... let's hope one of our better city reporters covers it and catches the pertinent details.

Hoodlum said...
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Gor said...

Says Hoodlum.

ppatin said...

"one of BCPD's fat paychecks"

Pardon me while I laugh.

John Galt said...

Actually, the paychecks could be somewhat fatter, and the officers somewhat thinner.

John Galt said...

On that subject, if we can sell the naming rights for municipal functions like PSI.Net Stadium and First Mariner Arena, why not Dunkin Donuts Baltimore City Police Department ???

Gor said...

Now that's funny!