Tag: Maryland

Racist, Sexist Maryland Sheriff Resigns

A Maryland sheriff’s last day was Saturday after an investigation found he frequently made racist, anti-Semitic and sexist comments at work and created a “hostile work environment.” James Fitzgerald resigned last week from his position as sheriff of Howard County, Maryland, a county of more than300,000 people. Officials had been…

Murder Trial for Freddie Gray Officer Begins Today

The trial involving the most serious charges filed in connection to Freddie Gray’s death begins today. Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., who drove the police wagon that transported Gray, faces charges including second-degree depraved heart murder. During pretrial motions on Monday, Goodson opted to be tried by a judge rather…

Maryland Police More Likely to Use Tasers on Black Men

In hundreds of instances over the course of three years, not only did Maryland police officers use Tasers against suspects who posed no immediate threat, many officers did not follow the proper safety recommendations when using the device. More than 75 Maryland police departments use stun guns. In a six-month…

Study: Mortgage Lenders Shun Baltimore's Black Neighborhoods

By Sheryl Estrada Baltimore’s Black residents seeking home loans are consistently denied by mortgage lenders, according to a new study. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s (NCRC) study “Home Mortgage and Small Business Lending in Baltimore and Surrounding Areas,” released on Nov. 17, analyzed public data and found tremendous disparities in…

Republicans Vote for Voter Suppression

Republican Representatives of Maryland’s Montgomery County have been accused of voter suppression by Democratic reps and Maryland state lawmakers. Montgomery County Republican elections board members voted to close two early voting sites, located in Chevy Chase and Burtonsville, and open new ones in Brookeville and Potomac. According to James Shalleck,…

New Racial Profiling Laws in Maryland Amid Unrest

On Tuesday, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued a nine-page memorandum, “Ending Discriminatory Profiling in Maryland,” which contains new guidelines to restrict racial profiling by law enforcement. This move comes eight months after the Obama administration announced its own rules on racial profiling. Maryland is the first state to…

City's First Black Police Chief Fired, Residents Want Him Back

By Sheryl Estrada Residents of Pocomoke City, Md., are frustrated by the firing of their first Black police chief Kelvin Sewell almost two months ago and want answers. Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison and other city officials say they are limited in publicly speaking about the issue as it is…