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Police brutality lawsuits: the Freddie Gray effect

Police brutality lawsuits: the Freddie Gray effect

Covering Baltimore trial courts, I’ve written a lot of stories about lawsuits alleging police brutality. They’ve become so routine that, right or wrong, I only report ones with interesting or unusual details, such as the story in Tuesday’s paper involving ...

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Unidentified car gets the boot, then gets it taken off

Unidentified car gets the boot, then gets it taken off

I will admit up front that what follows is a lot of questions but not a lot of answers. But this all started while a colleague was walking to the office Wednesday morning and noticed a Chevy Impala with a wheel boot on it parked near the Office of the Public Defender in downtown Baltimore. Can you help us solve the mystery?

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Board of Estimates to consider $50K for police training programs

The city's spending panel is scheduled to consider Wednesday a $50,000 consultant agreement with a Baltimore law firm to conduct three training programs with police. The contract with Warnken LLC would run through the end of June and involves the law firm leading programs titled "Cars, Cops & Stops," "Seeking, Obtaining and Executing Arrest Warrants and Search Warrants" and "Preparing for and Presenting Police Testimony in Court," according to the Board of Estimates' agenda.

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Board of Estimates approves $35K settlement in officer’s discrimination suit

Kimberly Broyles claimed in her lawsuit that she suffered brain trauma after when she was injured in June 2009 while trying to subdue a drunk suspect and continues to have physical and mental problems. But after Broyles returned to work, supervisors recommended her for the Medical Leave and Abuse Control Program, which is "designed for officers who abuse non-line-of-duty medial leave," according to her lawsuit.

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