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Best Week, Worst Week: Hogan shows Eastern Shore some love; Baltimore settles another six-figure police lawsuit

bestworst-021817The Eastern Shore got some good news this week from the governor’s office while it was more of the same bad news for the city of Baltimore in the form of another six-figure payout for a police brutality case.

Government affairs writer Bryan P. Sears reported Monday that Gov. Larry Hogan pledged $30 million to revitalize projects, schools and roads on the Eastern Shore.

Hogan’s announcement came during a stop at the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, where he highlighted legislation that he said would encourage manufacturers to locate in economically challenged areas, including the Eastern Shore.

Downtown Salisbury is the target for the bulk of the $30 million pledge, improvements that are part of a 20-year plan developed between the city and the University of Maryland School of Agriculture. The project is expected to help create housing for residents and Salisbury University graduate students.

City officials said the investment will bring much-needed economic growth and jobs to downtown Salisbury. As part of the announcement, Hogan also said the state would provide $368 million for road and highway projects on the Eastern Shore over the next several years.

Democrats in Annapolis have been critical of such announcements, saying the governor is paying for unnecessary projects and ignoring transit projects in the state’s densely populated urban areas. They contend that he has over-promised state aid for local road projects by nearly $1.5 billion over the next six years.

While the Eastern Shore is getting $30 million, the city of Baltimore is losing $300,000.

Legal affairs writer Heather Cobun reported the Baltimore City Board of Estimates approved a $300,000 settlement Wednesday with the family of a man who died in police custody in 2012 after police say he ingested narcotics.

The settlement is the highest amount in a police brutality case since the board unanimously approved a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray in September 2015.

Anthony Anderson’s death was ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner but the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office in January 2013 decided not to charge the officers involved after reviewing the case.

Police said Anderson died choking on drugs but the medical examiner ruled the drugs found in his system did not contribute to his death.

Anderson’s estate filed suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore in October 2013 seeking $20 million and alleging the department “maintained a policy of unconstitutional and unlawful excessive force to be used when no probable cause had been established or reasonable suspicion to suspect that criminal activity is afoot.”

The parties settled the case because of “conflicting factual issues and given the uncertainties and unpredictability of jury verdicts.”