Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Baltimore Police Behaving Badly - A Brief Examination of BPD Misconduct

Baltimore Police Deviants (BPD), More Like Detroit Than You Want To Know

A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

Not long ago, Baltimore saw a series of violent home-invasion, police impersonator, armed robberies. In one case, the supposed fake cops even shot a man. There's yet to be proof that we don't have rogue cops committing crimes here in Baltimore. After all, it's happened before. Remember when a Baltimore cop was caught driving the getaway car in an armed robbery?
90 year old Venus Green won $95,000 in a police brutality settlement 

What about when Officer Daniel G. Redd, who ran a huge heroin distribution ring, was caught dealing dope right out the parking lot of the police station.

I'm sure you've already forgotten about William A. King and Antonio L. Murray, the two Baltimore Police officers sentenced to a total of 454 years in prison, after an FBI investigation in 2005. They used robbery, extortion, and excessive force against various drug dealers as a means of reselling confiscated drugs for profit on the street.

Not to be outdone by the fellas, Officer Ashley Roane was recently arrested on drug charges. She too enjoyed taking part in drug deals while in the police uniform. Noticing a pattern yet?

The name Kendall Richburg may have already faded off public awareness. In case you forgot, he's the Baltimore cop who pleaded guilty to armed drug dealing earlier this year. Once part of a special enforcement unit at the northwestern police district, he was into everything, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. A good summary of Officer Richburg's various Wire emulating exploits can be found here.

20 year Baltimore Police veteran Shawn Bryon Johnson, was recently arrested driving drunk, after crashing into a parked vehicle... with his kids in the car. After saying to arresting officers, Just take me in, I’m over,” Johnson repeatedly expressed frustration with his work. Could his frustrations have been derived from spending two decades working in an organization filled with criminals, abuse and corruption?

Not Just About Drugs

Being a large and diverse department, the criminality of Baltimore cops isn't limited to narcotics.

Last February, Senior training Officer William S. Kern, shot and nearly killed police trainee Raymond Gray in the head. Kern was one of the organizers of an illegal, unauthorized, highly dangerous training exercise which involved trespassing on state property. Awaiting criminal charges, Gray alleges Kern intentionally shot him in the head, causing severe injuries, including the loss of an eye.

Six months after this writer was surrounded by police as a result of a raid conducted under false pretenses and many mistruths fed to the public and the press, including falsely terming the incident a "barricade situation," Baltimore Police were given a reminder of the type of situation that actually requires SWAT.

Tactically trained Officer James Smith, a former Army Ranger and 20 year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, is still in jail awaiting trial. Smith barricaded himself in his house with his girlfriend, Kendra Diggs and their four-year-old son. Before things ended, Smith shot and killed Diggs, and also opened fire on responding police, his coworkers.

Officer Lamin Manneh sought to supplement his income as a 

Baltimore Police officer by pimping his wife.
31-year-old Lamin Manneh, a Baltimore Police officer, was arrested earlier this year for pimping out his teenage wife. At the time of Manneh's arrest, then chief Baltimore Police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi said; "The alleged actions and criminal charges brought against Mr. Manneh are serious and undermine the integrity and pride of this organization." 

When this incident took place, given the brief history detailed above, it's hard to imagine there was any pride left in the department. Let's be honest here.

Anyone remember habitual child molester Officer Troy Jaquan Gee Sr.? He resigned from the Baltimore Police Department after being arrested for one of his numerous incidents of taking sexual liberties with a minor. No doubt, this copper has more offenses that he's probably just never been caught for.

Rookies Want In Too

Just days before his scheduled graduation from the police academy in March, Zachary Michael Mitchell of the Baltimore Police Department was arrested for assault. If this guy couldn't keep from breaking the law, being so close to becoming a full fledged cop, imagine what he might have been like given full power and authority.

Incidents Not Isolated

The cases listed above are just a small sampling of relatively recent examples from just one single department. But it should serve as a reality check to anyone not having a full grasp on just how deep police corruption in Baltimore really is. There exists many more cases, far too numerous to expound upon here. Were they all to be chronicled, just the Baltimore Police Department alone, could fill a whole book.

Currently, the investigation of the "in-custody death" of Tyrone West, whom witnesses say was beaten to death by Baltimore Police is still under way. Over a week after the fatal traffic stop, probable cause for the initial contact or a cause of death have yet to be released.

Whenever examples of criminality by cops and police misconduct are cited, there's a certain segment of the population who's instant reaction is to minimize and downplay the deviant behavior.

They're quick to tell you these incidents represent a minority of officers and are all "isolated" cases. The truth is, there's little basis to support this.

It's a long held belief by mental health professionals, that certain behavioral personality types are often drawn to positions of power and authority. If absolute power corrupts absolutely, the idea of law enforcement being filled with power hungry, abusive egotists, shouldn't draw such instant ire from folks who've done little to no research on the topic.

By no means a comprehensive examination of the subject, it is the hope of the author that this piece will open the readers eyes to the sheer volume of crimes by cops being committed. Even if quickly forgotten once they've fallen off the headlines, we must be careful to keep tab of the running tally. In the same manner a citizen would be judged by their criminal record and background, police departments must be looked at by the historical tally and totality of their misdeeds as well.

There mere presence of a "clean" background -- a primary prerequisite to becoming a police officer -- is a poor judge of moral character and likelihood of a candidate not becoming a corrupt cop. Many people having no criminal records, possess some of the sickest, most twisted criminally deviant minds, and merely have not yet been caught committing crime. This doesn't mean they haven't, or they won't.

Researcher, independent investigative journalist, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur has been a member of the underground news network for nearly over 20 years.

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