LAWSUITS INVOLVING BALTIMORE POLICE COST THE CITY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS AND YOU CAN BELIEVE THAT ONLY THE FEW MAKE IT TO COURT. THAT IS HOW WE NEED TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM. WE NEED TO RECRUIT LAW FIRMS THAT SPECIALIZE IN THE PURSUIT OF CASES INVOLVING POLICE BRUTALITY. THEY WILL HAVE THE MOTIVATION TO GO AFTER EVERY CASE OF ABUSE FOR FINANCIAL REWARD.
WE NEED PEOPLE TO BE VIGILANT IN CAPTURING POLICE BEHAVIOR ON TAPE AND GETTING IT TO A LAWYER FOR LITIGATION.
MORE IMPORTANTLY WE NEED TO GET THESE POLITICIANS OUT OF OFFICE WHO ARE LETTING THIS OCCUR. CITY COUNCIL MAY DECRY THE ACTIONS, BUT THERE ARE NO LAWS THAT MAKE IT HARDER TO HIDE THIS ABUSE, THERE IS NO PUBLIC OUTCRY FROM POLITICIANS WHEN THESE ABUSES HAPPEN.....NO PROSECUTIONS. POLITICIANS SAY THEY MUST STAND WITH THE POLICE. POLITICIANS NEED TO ATTEND 'ALL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS' GATHERINGS WHERE VICTIMS OF POLICE VIOLENCE TESTIFY IN A STEADY STREAM. THEY NEVER ATTEND. SPANISH LANGUAGE MEDIA ARE ALWAYS THE ONLY WITNESSES. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!! PETITION TO REFERENDUM RETROACTIVE TERM LIMITS AND RECALL!!!
HERE IS MY LETTER TO ALL LOCAL PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS:
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE IN BEING THE FRONT LINE PROTECTOR OF THE PUBLIC WITH ISSUES LIKE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE, WORKPLACE INJURY, ET AL. MANY WILL QUESTION THE MOTIVE AND/OR THE PROFIT, BUT AT A TIME OF NO GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT OF BUSINESS PRACTICES IT FALLS TO LAWYERS LIKE YOURSELF TO BE PUBLIC DEFENDER.
WE HAVE JUST RECEIVED FROM CALIFORNIA A POLICE CHIEF THAT HAILS FROM AN AREA WHERE POLICE BRUTALITY IS SO COMMON THAT LAW FIRMS HAVE A SPECIALTY IN 'POLICE BRUTALITY'. YOU CAN FIND THEM IN THE YELLOW PAGES LISTED AS SUCH. WE HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF ABUSE IN BALTIMORE AND IT APPEARS POLICY WILL DICTATE MORE. PLEASE CONSIDER EXPANDING YOUR FIRM'S PRACTICE TO COVER POLICE BRUTALITY. I HAVE ENCOURAGED ALL THE READERS OF MY BLOG TO VIDEOTAPE ALL POLICE ENCOUNTERS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION,
CITIZENS OVERSIGHT MARYLAND
Fox News - WBFF August 29, 2012
A Baltimore mother is pleading for answers tonight from police after her daughter was killed during a chase.
Yolanda Williams is a mother overwhelmed with grief after a botched police chase caused the death of her 22-year-old daughter, Jordasha Rollins, nearly five months ago.
"No ticket, no nothing.. and every time I go to the police station, they have nothing to say to me," says Williams.
The crash happened on North Avenue and Poplar Grove just before midnight on April 16. Investigators say a suspect that they identified as Charles Jeffries smashed into Williams car. She was behind the wheel, her daughter the passenger seat. Police say Jeffries blew through a red light but deny any chase was involved, considering the department has a no chase policy.
Jeffries was suspected of eluding police, several traffic violations, including a crash that resulted in the death of an individual. Still, five months later, he has not been charged with any crime.
Williams blames the police. "Whoever was wrong.. whether it was the police or him solely.. somebody needs to pay for my daughter's death, point blank, period.. that's all I want."
A police spokesman told Fox45 the department's investigation is complete. They say it goes to the city State's Attorney office, where prosecutors will decide what charges, if any, should be filed. Thursday, August 30 2012, 08:14 AM EDT
WE ARE SEEING TIME AND AGAIN PEOPLE BEING SHOT THAT LATER SHOW NO CITIZEN WEAPON INVOLVED. ONE THING THAT MAKES PEOPLE IN GENERAL UNEASY IS THE FACT THAT OFTEN EX-MILITARY ARE BEING HIRED AS POLICE. WE KNOW THE TACTICS USED OVERSEAS AND WE DON'T WANT THEM IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.
October 8, 2011 Man fatally shot by police in East Baltimore Baltimore police say a man has died after exchanging gunfire with a police officer responding to a domestic violence call.
Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says police responded to a call Saturday morning around 1:40 a.m. reporting that a man had shot his wife in East Baltimore. When officers arrived in the 1800 block of Hope St. they found the man armed with a gun.
Guglielmi says the man was combative with police and confronted officers. He says it appears several shots were fired from both sides. It was not clear if the man died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound or a shot fired by a police officer.
The condition of the man's wife was not clear. Police expected to have more information Saturday afternoon.
The shooting appears to be the second fatal police-involved incident this week. On Sunday, a 52-year-old musician was fatally shot in Brooklyn after police say he did not comply with officers' orders to put down a weapon. This year, city police have been involved in seven shooting incidents, killing four.
THESE FOUR PROTESTERS WERE NEVER GUILTY OF ANY LAW. THEY SIMPLY REFUSED TO MOVE FROM A PUBLIC AREA FAST ENOUGH FOR THE OFFICERS. PEOPLE PROTESTING HAVE A RIGHT TO LOITER IF THEY ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN PROTEST. WE WE SEE TIME AND AGAIN, AND I HAVE BEEN THERE TO WITNESS IT, IS A POLICE STRATEGY TO ENGAGE PEOPLE IN PROTESTS WITH UNLAWFUL REQUESTS, LIKE MOVING FROM A PUBLIC PLACE, WITH THE INTENT OF CHALLENGING PEOPLE PHYSICALLY WHEN THEY STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS. THE POLICE THEN SAY THE CITIZENS PROVOKED THE INCIDENT.
ALL OF THIS IS DONE DELIBERATELY AND IT IS DONE TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT OF PUBLIC AREAS DEEMED 'FAVORED'. IN THE CASE BELOW I WAS TOLD THAT BEING ON JOHNS HOPKINS CAMPUS ALTHOUGH ON PUBLIC WALKS BROUGHT THE FURY OF THE POLICE. FOR WHOM DO THESE POLICE WORK? THEY ARE PUBLIC SERVANTS.
Charges against maced EBDI protester to be dropped
Brew Editors August 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm
The attorney for Thomas Threatt, whose arrest by Baltimore city police during a March protest was captured on video, says charges against the self-employed laborer are being dropped today in Circuit Court.
“The state saw the video, which was enhanced, and zeroed in on the police brutality and decided it was not in their interest to pursue the case,” attorney Arthur M. Frank said this morning.
Threatt had been facing charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a police officer and in June requested a jury trial.
Frank said he hopes the state drops charges filed against three other men arrested during the protest, which had been organized near Johns Hopkins Hospital by the group Community Churches United.
The demonstrators had been protesting what they said was the failure of East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI) to provide construction jobs promised to East Baltimore residents.
Also arrested were Richie Armstrong, William Simmons and Earl King.
The video shows a prone Threatt trying to protect his face by pressing it to the ground, as five or six officers pin him down, yanking his head up by the hair at one point so they could continue to reach within inches of his face and spray it with the mace.
The video also shows officers putting their knees on Threatt’s back and neck.
THIS CRIME WAS ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC WITH ABSOLUTELY NO WAY TO JUSTIFY POLICE ACTION AND YET NO ONE WAS CHARGED. WE ARE SIMPLY TOLD THAT CHANGES IN POLICY ARE HAPPENING. TIME AND AGAIN WE ARE WITNESSING A SUSPENSION OF RULE OF LAW.
New Details Emerge On Select Lounge Shooting August 14, 2011 11:46 PM Derek Valcourt WJZ-TV News
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– New details emerge in the chaotic January shooting outside of a downtown nightclub. Just days after releasing surveillance camera video of the shooting, city police release their lengthy investigative report on the incident.
Derek Valcourt reports.
This report gets into the nitty-gritty. Who fired how many shots. And it names names, dozens of witnesses and what they saw.
Surveillance cameras captured the frantic moments on a frigid January night when gunfire erupted outside of the Select Lounge nightclub on West Franklin Street.
According to this lengthy police investigative report obtained by our media partner “The Baltimore Sun”, 33-year-old Officer William Torbit Jr. was wearing plain clothes, with only a badge around his neck to identify him as a police officer, when he was punched in the face and beaten to the ground by a group of males. That’s when police say Torbit pulled out his own gun and began firing, shooting and killing one of his attackers, 22-year-old Sean Gamble.
But when four other officers nearby saw a Torbit in plain clothes on the ground shooting, they assumed he was a civilian and opened fire, hitting Torbit 20 times.
In all, 42 shots were discharged that night, all of them by police. Officer Torbit himself fired eight shots. Officer Harry Dodge fired 14, Officer Harry Pawley 11, Officer Latora Craig fired five shots and Officer Toyia Williams, four.
Last week, the city state’s attorney decided not to crimnally charge any of the officers involved.
“That they acted reasonably in the use of deadly force as police officers to protect themselves and other people in the area,” said Gregg Bernstein, the Baltimore city state’s attorney.
“Not frustrated,” said Nadine Williams-Holmes, a Gamble family friend. ”At this point, outrage and anger.”
Friends of Sean Gamble, and the sister of Officer Torbit tell WJZ, they’re upset with the decision not to prosecute the officers. And disturbed by this newly released report.
“Baltimore city, we’re not safe with officers like that and the training they had means absolutely nothing,” Williams-Holmes said. “Look what happened. They killed their own person.”
Criminal charges may not be filed, but the case is far from over. The mayor has ordered an independent review of case and civil lawsuits are likely perhaps as early as this week.
Police interviewed more than one hundred witnesses as part of their investigation.