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Originally posted by sydnor3
This particular incident happened this past Saturday. The young male driver (Josh Kelly) and his girlfriend have consulted a lawyer in York/ Pennsylvania and plan to file a lawsuit. He denies running a stop sign. The female officer is also accusing him of stealing her pen.
Originally posted by MilzGatez
"Collins reported a city officer arrested them for trespassing on a public street while they were asking for directions . "
Trespassing on public street? Is that even a law? Private property/private street is understandable but PUBLIC? Is that even possible?
Or is it now we cant be on our own streets?
Originally posted by polarwarrior
I dont want to go painting all police officers with the broad stroke of the brush but it seems more and more are turning from protectors and servents to predators and persucutors. The motto for the police in my home state is "with honor we serve" and there seems to be less of them actually "serving" now days.
(visit the link for the full news article)
BALTIMORE (Map, News) -
The officer who arrested the Chantilly couple for allegedly trespassing in Cherry Hill on Saturday was recently pressured, along with other officers in her unit, to make more nuisance crime arrests, sources inside the police department told The Examiner.
Meanwhile, the head of the Baltimore City police union said Thursday that many officers have complained about being ordered to boost arrest numbers.
The commander of the housing authority police, Maj. Jessie Oden, allegedly demanded that his officers make more arrests during a roll call several weeks ago, telling officers that better numbers were needed, sources inside the department said.
Margaret Burns, spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office, said her office declined to prosecute the couple based on the arresting documents. “There are thousand of cases like this being thrown out every month,” Burns said. “In the month of February, we threw out 902 cases; in March, we threw out over 1,200 cases — that means 70 cases a day.”
Burns said “nuisance arrests” waste city resources that could be better used to fight violent crime. “Somewhere within the Police Department there is a policy or directive to increase the number of arrests, or crime has gone up,” she said. “The officer spent hours on this case; it’s a waste of her time.”
Jablow said there is no policy to increase arrests. “Crime is down significantly this month,” he said.
Meredith Curtis, spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the case is part of a larger trend. “This is the latest, most egregious example of what has been demonstrated to be a pattern of illegal arrests,” she said.
Originally posted by Maybe...maybe not
reply to post by polarwarrior
Based on the report, that appalling pair of cops should be suspended.
People like them join the police for the wrong reasons & subsequently besmirch the reputations of all the decent members of the police force.
It's a shame that we seem to be hearing about more of this sort of thing.