Apparently Commissioner Batts will not be tolerating police misconduct even if Bernstein will. I think this is a great idea and it will be interesting to see what comes of it.
City police add new bureau, hope to strengthen public trust
Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Friday the creation of a new unit to oversee internal affairs, audits and the writing of police procedures, a move he hopes will strengthen public confidence in his agency.
Jeronimo "Jerry" Rodriguez, a 26-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran, was named deputy commissioner in charge of the new Bureau of Professional Standards. Rodriguez will report directly to Batts and joins Deputy Commissioner John Skinner at the top level of Batts' staff.
While Skinner will continue to run day-to-day crime-fighting operations, Rodriguez will focus his attention internally, handling matters that affect department employees, including about 3,000 sworn officers.
The more I think about this the less I like it. It's possible for all three injuries to be caused by one kick that would only leave one external bruise. The spleen is located behind the left 7th rib directly below the left lung. So one kick with the ball of the foot could break the left 6th and 7th ribs. The left 7th rib could rupture the spleen and left 6th rib bruise left lung. This leaving only one external bruise. That leaves the shape, size and placement of the external bruise to help determine what caused that bruise. That I have no information on.
Looks to be a model citizen.The guy was basically a walking dead man. All those years of drug abuse take their toll. So the police just let these people get away with hiding evidence? A healthy person probably wouldn't have been hurt nearly as bad. When a police officer instructs you to do something you are supposed to do it. I have a hard time feeling sorry for that POS dope head.
The autopsy showed no evidence of any brutality. I know a lot of people who have never had any issues with the police. I also know a few who have had run-ins with them. In every instance, those having a run-in with the police were violating the law in some way. The suspect was observed in a drug deal, when confronted he attempted to get away, the police subdued him in a typical manner at which time he attempted to ingest the evidence. If the suspect were not engaging in illegal behavior and attempting to flee the police, he would most likely be alive today. Everyone wants the police to handle crime and clean up their neighborhoods, yet when something unfortunate happens in the process of arrest, they instantly want to blame them. Too bad for this guy, but if he weren't breaking the law, he would never have been involved in the conflict.All three officers were working the 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift as part of the now-disbanded Violent Crime Impact Section, which focused on drug deals and violent crime. Patrolling the eastern streets in an unmarked car and plainclothes wearing clearly labeled police vests, Bernstein said, they saw Anderson making a drug deal just after he left a bar. The detective said he saw Anderson slip a plastic baggie into his mouth. Strohman pounced, putting Anderson in a "bear hug," Bernstein said. He fell on top of Anderson with his arm pinned underneath. A loose pill and the bag came tumbling out of Anderson's mouth, prosecutors said. The contents were later found to have been four heroin gel capsules, one of which they said was half chewed.
The autopsy revealed only one external bruise, which Bernstein said came from the fall. There were no other marks suggesting kicks or rough treatment, he said.
"The use of a bear-hug takedown is a very standard tactic, especially used by undercover officers chasing a suspect," said retired Los Angeles police Capt. Greg Meyer, who helped run the Los Angeles Police Academy during his tenure and remains a national use-of-force consultant. "It's not typically injurious, but it can be. It's not an unusual tactic."
Do you forget what city you live in, one of the most violent in the nation. Blame everything on everyone else except the people who are committing the crimes. The cops did it. It's their fault. The drug dealer was just doing business.
Why don't you go out on a ride along and see for yourself except go unarmed and along and just say - you're under arrest and watch them say - OK I just give up!
Of course there is no accountability in the city or its people period. Blame everything on everyone else.
Put the badge on and see how long you would last on the streets. Murder! The ones getting murdered are by rivals are in the same business. As I said they'll all just throw up their hands and say I give up.
We just went through this in the county and after the certain ones want to hang the police the SA ruled the shooting justified and then we find out the victim wasn't such a hero after all. Hero's don't have stolen property on them and try and grab the officers weapon.
Maybe he police should pull out and then see what happens.
Think before you write.
Illegal seizure (Person) + illegal search tactic + execessive force (Search) = Manslaughter.
If you are a lawyer as you say, then you should know that Maryland Code does not distinguish between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter. Both are charged under § 2-207, Manslaughter. Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter are theories of the crime. So the theory of the crime would be constuctive manslaughter>involuntary manslaughter>manslaughter.
Bernstein hits airwaves, defends Anthony Anderson decision
Baltimore State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein on Monday reached out to the black community by answering call-in questions on WOLB’s Larry Young Morning Show about his controversial decision to not prosecute the three Baltimore police officers involved in the death of East Baltimore resident Anthony Anderson.
On Thursday, Bernstein said his office had determined that Detective Todd A. Strohman used appropriate action when he tackled Anderson during a September drug arrest that resulted in broken ribs and a lacerated spleen, which killed the 46-year-old man.
Officers said Anderson was attempting to swallow drugs while walking away from them, which caused Strohman to use a “bear hug” to take him to the ground and preserve evidence.
The decision not to prosecute has angered Anderson’s family, who believe police used excessive force in detaining Anderson who posed police no threat.
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