Showing posts with label police misconduct. Show all posts
Showing posts with label police misconduct. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Teeny tiny violins

An "adult male" shot to death in Belair-Edison*, a woman shot May 10 has died.

This is not a repeat: a man and a boy were shot outside on the west side

Add to the murders, drug dealing, beatdowns, racketeering: the BGF is also not gay-friendly*

Somebody stole Ray Rice's guns*

Grab your ankles, taxpayers: the Exelon Corp got awarded $107 million of your money in a closed-door meeting* to build a fancy new HQ, but you, homeowner, get a 9%... oh no wait, 15% increase in your water bill and taxed on the very rain that falls on your property because the city and state are sooo broke.

It's that time of year again, when a young teenager's fancy turns to thoughts of fighting in a pack at the Harbor.*

Police Department Sergeant Dennis Workley found guilty of misconduct in office for supplying false information to get a warrant to raid a home in East Baltimore in which Christmas presents were smashed with a sledgehammer and only a "dime bag" of pot was found. A deal was reached that keeps Workley out of prison.

Unsmart metaphor dept: "Quadriplegic's wife to stand trial for killing him," "gun control activists have fired the first salvo in the battle over gun rights."

Monday, January 28, 2013

Misconduct Monday

Speaking of Gregg Bernstein, not long after the Hitler post, he made an appearance on* the Larry Young show on WOLB 1010 AM (have other people heard of this station?) to defend his decision to not pursue any charges against Detective Todd Strohman, the one who tackled Anthony Anderson, causing his death. Bernstein said that the ME found that Anderson had a pre-existing enlarged spleen, which is interesting because the autopsy report doesn't mention that at all and lists his primary cause of death as from torso injuries. Also interesting, Bernstein apparently agreed with a caller that the war on drugs is "not working," but apparently didn't explain why, then, his office still prosecutes them.

An officer shot a man tonight who he believed was concealing a gun*-- the man is in serious condition and the gun apparently has not been found. Fenton Tweets it's the second police-involved shooting since Friday night.

And finally in misconduct news, the Board of Estimates is fixing to pay out $270,000 in settlements, on top of the $10.4 million paid out in the previous three years.

... and here's a link to the full Fenton Phylicia Barnes* court case report of the day, and a bonus douchey detail:

Deena testifies that when [Michael Johnson] came over the night Phylicia disappeared, he said he was concerned for himself since he was last to see her

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Anthony Anderson = homicided

The Med Examiner has ruled Anthony Anderson's death a homicide from blunt-force injury and primarily a pulmonary contusion (bruised lung), fractured ribs, hemorrhaged tissues, a torn spleen and blood from those injuries filling his guts (hemoperitoneum) -- not an overdose or by choking on .
swallowed drugs as the BPD initially reported, though police do say "morphine" was in his system 
(yes, not "opiates," "morphine" in particular. Is the toxicology report finished? If so, where is it?)   Here's the autopsy report released by the family & uploaded by Fenton, and the Fenton story... you may recall that our new presumptive police chief resigned in Oakland after a court found that his department had failed to implement court-ordered policies to control police abuses, that citizens who complained about it faced "cavalier rejection" of their complaints, and that "the agency misused an early-warning system that flags officers who frequently use force or generate citizen complaints." Baltimore, of course, doesn't even have a public system by which to track or address such complaints to begin with, unless you count our citizen review board that's sworn to secrecy and has zero power, or the invisible-to-us internal police "administrative reviews" that the department openly admits take "months or years*" to complete.  

Sooo, why did Oakland get to have federal court oversight and Baltimore never has? We had the "Flex Squad" in the SW planting drugs and framing people,* just like Oakland's "Riders." We've had officers shot in chaotic no-clear-lines-of command incidents,* just like Oakland. So why did the Oakland PD get total federal oversight and Baltimore has never gotten more than a federal visit or two?
In other news, plans for the new youth jail soldier on.* (remind me, is it federal or local money building this jail?)

And thank you Kevin Rector, finally*-- after a slew of confusing rape/ abuction stories a little clarity: three sex assault/ kidnapping/ robbery victims, two perps -- Kenyon Waller and William Campbell -- who're both now in jail. The first incident of a teen kidnapped at gunpoint off the street then robbed and sexually assaulted was Sept. 25, but as far as I can tell only the Catonsville Patch reported it. Wonder why. I'd throw in a dab of snark here about how if it had happened to a blonde girl in Towson you wouldn't have been able to eat your Cheerios without hearing Don Scott recount every filthy little detail, but my outrage fatigue is acting up.

Fifteen years for Timothy Dennison, 22, who bought "sham cocaine" from an ICE Homeland Security Investigations agent (whatever happened to the DEA?)

A scathing report from the Senate found that the Department of Homeland Security has spent about a billion dollars to spy on citizens, while thwarting not a single terrorist attack. Next (or probably already) from Homeland Security: automatically tracking everyone's car's movements using license-plate scanning technology. Grouses a proprietor of a for-profit license tracking service, "I take absolute exception to any government telling me that I can't go into public and take video ... that's taking my freedoms away." 

Monday, July 30, 2007

More on the suicide of murderer Donald Webb Jr. and his victims. The Sun reports that the 13-year-old boy is recovering at Johns Hopkins Children's Center after surgery for multiple bullet wounds.

There was another male-on-female domestic murder/suicide 15 days ago in Arbutus; Donta Antwon Gross, 30, shot Tashema Tameka Fitzgerald, 21, then himself in the 4800 block of Westland Blvd.

In Ocean City, 37-year-old Cindy Freeman was charged with the murder of an infant and "Maryland investigators have found three tiny bodies" in her home.

Three MD and DC metro stations were shut down and the FBI was called in after a pest-control contractor neglected to clean up some dead birds. The Takoma station shut down for almost four hours awaiting NIH clearance.

Remember AAC's Officer Joseph Francis Mosmiller, who photographed himself honking a teenage motorist's boob?
He pled guilty to misconduct and will spend six days in jail.