Tag: Maryland

Baltimore Detectives Convicted of Robbery, Racketeering

Two detectives in Baltimore have been found guilty on charges of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and robbery. The verdict simply confirms what has already been common knowledge about the corrupt Baltimore Police Department, a problem detailed by a Justice Department report in 2016. Daniel T. Hersl and Marcus R. Taylor were…

Baltimore Cops Allegedly Faked Evidence Again

New body cam footage has emerged that shows police officers in Baltimore working together to plant evidence at a supposed crime scene, according to the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender (OPD). The clip comes out just weeks after a different video was released showing a different group of officers…

Judges Freeze Muslim Ban

In separate rulings on Wednesday, two judges blocked President Donald Trump’s revised Muslim ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii granted a temporary restraining order, ruling that not only is the ban discriminatory but it will also negatively impact the state. He points to Trump’s very own words…

$21 Million Harriet Tubman State Park Project Now Open

Harriet Tubman In Dorchester County, Maryland, near the plantation where Harriet Tubman was born in 1822, now sits a 17-acre park to memorialize the iconic freedom fighter. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Parkis located in Church Creek on Maryland’s Eastern shore, about 90 miles from Baltimore or Washington, D.C. A…

States Join Lawsuit to Block Muslim Ban

Several states have joined a Washington lawsuit to prevent President Donald Trump’s updated Muslim ban from going into effect, arguing that it is still as discriminatory as the original. California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon have all signed on as plaintiffs in the newest filing. “Like the First Executive…

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…