The Reason i Wrote the Book on the right,is because people always complain about the police the wrong way.in the above video you see the family making the Arrest a hostile event,instead of a eyewitness Account.and threatening the police just makes them more likely to be believed in a court of Law
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This article, submitted by Helen Alexis, was written by Adam May who works for WJZ Tv in Baltimore, Maryland.
BALTIMORE — Another Baltimore City police officer has been accused of breaking the law. This time, it’s a sexual assault. The allegation is the latest in a string of misconduct cases.
Adam May investigates the severity of the problem.
Over the last few years, dozens of Baltimore City police officers have been convicted of misconduct or corruption and it has put Baltimore on a bad list.
Baltimore City police officer Elliot Simon was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old while on duty.
“I made it clear to the commissioner that if we had bad actors in the police department, that we need to get rid of them,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
The mayor expressed outrage first to WJZ at a neighborhood revitalization event. The allegations follow the high-profile conviction of another officer for running a heroin ring and a towing scheme that sent more than a dozen officers to prison.
A nonprofit think tank has been analyzing police corruption the last few years and they discovered Baltimore is one of the worst. The Cato Institute ranks Baltimore 15th in the nation with more than 46 incidents of police wrongdoing in 2010, the last year analyzed.
“I don’t trust them at all,” said one resident.
WJZ heard a range of complaints from many residents who live in the Northwestern District, home to many recent police issues.
“A lot of times they ask for our help and people don’t feel comfortable helping,” the resident said.
Those opinions are a challenge for the new commissioner.
“I have no tolerance for misconduct or officers that violate the public trust,” said Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.
An FBI report says police departments should fight corruption with strong ethics policies and leadership, better hiring practices and punishment for offending officers.
The State’s Attorney’s Office is still reviewing the allegations against Simon. For now, he’s suspended without pay.
Simon is a 14-year veteran of the police force.
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A Baltimore City sergeant and officer are charged with second-degree assault for allegedly beating a suspect while in police custody in October 2011.
Sergeant Marinos N. Gialamas and Officer Anthony Williams allegedly assaulted the man on Oct. 27, 2011 in an East Baltimore home after he attempted to flee from officers who observed him engaged in suspected drug activity.
The State’s Attorney’s Office also charged Gialamas, 40, with three counts of misconduct and Williams, 37, with a single count of obstructing and hindering an investigation.
The State’s Attorney’s Office brought the charges Thursday.
“As always, we stand committed to investigating claims of police misconduct and, when appropriate, prosecuting officers who violate the law,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts emphasized the department’s commitment to upholding the highest levels of professional integrity and public trust.
“Any activity that undermines the integrity of the Baltimore Police Department simply won’t be tolerated,” Batts said. “Our continued commitment to the people of Baltimore is that all allegations of misconduct and corruption among the ranks of the Baltimore Police Department will be vigorously investigated.”
The city Board of Estimates has approved $30,000 to settle another excessive force lawsuit against a Baltimore police officer, but the city’s top lawyer says police misconduct suits are not on the rise.
In an interview with The Brew, George A. Nilson, the city solicitor, did not dispute reports that the city has paid more than $900,000 to settle police-involved lawsuits and verdicts so far this year.
But he said that many recent cases involved disputes that were several years old. “You can’t draw the conclusion that we are paying more for [police misconduct] because some of these cases are five and six years old.”
In the latest settlement, a Baltimore resident says police beat him on July 9, 2009 after he called them in a domestic abuse complaint. Christensen Threatt, 33, said he was kicked and punched by Officer Lawrence J. Smith Jr.
Threatt originally sought $1 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages, according to Nilson. “We think this settlement was reasonable for the city given all the circumstances.”
Nilson said he did an informal survey of the cost of settling police lawsuits in major U.S. cities and found “we’re doing pretty well. On a per capita base the city pays much less than New York, where the costs for alleged police misconduct are staggering.”
The City Council is expected to hold hearings next month regarding the use of taxpayer dollars to resolve police-involved litigation.
Councilman Mary Pat Clarke (14th) said she hopes to determine “if there is a way where training, for example, could eliminate some of these costs.” As The Brew reported in July, Clarke became concerned when she realized that the 2012 city budget includes $1.9 million to settle lawsuits involving alleged misconduct by police.
“That money could have provided a lot of youth jobs,” Clarke said today, noting that the city’s summer youth jobs program was cut this year.
In his lawsuit, Threatt said he vomited blood following his alleged beating by Officer Smith and was placed in a city jail cell for two days before he was able to post bail.
According to the Daily Record, which first reported the settlement, Threatt was charged with one count of second-degree assault, which was later dropped.
Last month, the Board of Estimates paid $100,000 to Lornell Felder, a 65-year-old Govans man, who said he was badly beaten in 2009 by plainclothes officers who suspected him of rolling a marijuana joint.
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A city police officer is suspended for allegedly using excessive force on a suspect in their custody.
Christie Ileto has more on the incident being investigated by top brass.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 caught the aftermath of a car crash Baltimore City police say started as a pursuit on Belair Road on Monday evening.
“During the course, the vehicle went off the road and collided,” said Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez.
Members of the regional auto theft task force were trying to stop a car they believed to be stolen.
“By the time I got the corner, a little young dude, a teenager, was laying on the ground,” said a witness.
Baltimore City police say it wasn’t the pursuit of the young driver, but what happened after he crashed into an auto car lot that had top brass concerned.
“They threw him on the ground, and it looked like the other police smacked him,” a witness said.
“The message is clear. We will not tolerate officers breaking the law in order to enforce the law,” Rodriguez said.
Police brass say the alleged assault occurred after the juvenile was on the ground.
And rather than a citizen filing a complaint, Rodriguez says police initiated the investigation themselves.
“While the age of the individual certainly gives us concern, we want everyone to be treated fairly and professionally,” Rodriguez said.
City police have policies that allow them to use force and instruct them when it’s appropriate to initiate a pursuit. But Rodriguez couldn’t tell us at this point if any rules had been broken.
This case is under investigation.
Police have not been able to confirm the age of the driver or his name.
The department says not only will they investigate the officer allegedly involved, but his supervisor’s actions as well.