excessive force

Demonte Ward-Blake
Mar 30, 2023

PG County will pay $7.5M to settle claim of alleged police brutality

Prince George’s County will pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the mother of a man who sustained paralyzing injuries allegedly during a police encounter.

Jan 25, 2023

Lawsuit: Baltimore County police beat 5 family members after claiming to smell pot

A new lawsuit claims that Baltimore County police officers violently beat five members of the same family after claiming to smell an odor of marijuana coming from a parked vehicle.

Apr 12, 2022

Family sues Montgomery County over fatal police shooting at McDonald’s drive-thru

The parents of a 21-year-old man killed by police at a Gaithersburg McDonald's last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Montgomery County.

Mar 23, 2022

Baltimore County police sued in 2019 fatal vehicle chase

The Baltimore County Police Department is facing a lawsuit over a 2019 vehicle chase that led to the death of a 20-year-old carjacking suspect when an officer ran over the man with a cruiser.

Feb 21, 2022

Family sues over death of PG County man who was left paralyzed by police

The mother of a man who died after a violent encounter with Prince George's County police has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Dec 15, 2021

Anne Arundel asks judge to dismiss excessive force lawsuit against police

Anne Arundel has moved to dismiss an excessive force lawsuit brought by a young Black man who said an officer kneeled on his neck after a traffic stop in 2019.

May 6, 2021

Family sues Montgomery County police, saying they were ‘terrorized’ during no-knock warrant

A Silver Spring family, saying they were brutalized during a no-knock warrant, has filed a million-dollar federal lawsuit against the Montgomery County Police Department for what the family describes as a poorly drafted and violently executed early-morning search for the 20-something son of their basement apartment tenant.

Mar 3, 2021

Md. Senate passes police reform proposals; attention shifts to House

The Maryland Senate on Wednesday passed police reform proposals to curtail excessive force, limit no-knock warrants, prevent departments from acquiring military equipment, mandate body cameras, make the police disciplinary process transparent and uniform and empower the state prosecutor to investigate and prosecute killings by officers. With the Senate’s action, attention shifts to the House of [...]

Mar 1, 2021

Who decides who prosecutes police brutality?

Welcome to Monday, the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps. Here are some news items to get your week started. — Should a judge decide who prosecutes alleged police use of excessive force? — Did Trump usher in an uptick in partisan rulings by federal appeals courts? — Hong […]

Jun 3, 2020

Md. high court reinstates police brutality verdict

In a case centering on video of a police-involved shooting, a divided Maryland high court Tuesday reinstated a jury’s civil verdict that a Baltimore officer used excessive force by firing four shots into a motorist who ran toward him during a traffic stop. In its 4-3 decision, the Court of Appeals said the jury’s finding […]

Apr 3, 2020

Man sues Elkton police for excessive force, wrongful arrest

An Elkton man has filed suit against the town’s police department and two officers, alleging he was forcefully arrested without cause at his home in 2018. Darryl T. Wilson claims Officers Enos Detweiler and Jakob Brown came to his home for a report of a disturbance in October 2018 though no disturbance had occurred, according to […]

Dec 6, 2019

Indicted jail officers faced earlier excessive force claims

When a prisoner shattered glass panes in a control center at a Baltimore jail, the staff summoned a paramilitary-style tactical team to help quell the disturbance. Some inmates used pieces of shirts or bedsheets to hide their faces.

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