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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel is recommending the state extend the time residents can file a complaint against police from 90 days to a year and a day.

The recommendation was one of about 20 approved Monday by a workgroup of state lawmakers.

The panel was created by legislative leaders in May, days after rioting in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death in police custody.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a man who was hospitalized in critical condition three weeks ago after being hit with a police stun gun has died.

Authorities say they are awaiting autopsy results on 35-year-old Lionel Waters, who died Saturday at a hospice center.

Investigators say Waters got into a struggle with police on Dec. 20 at a Milford home where troopers had gone to arrest another man.

Police say Waters was hit with a stun gun after brandishing a handgun and refusing commands to drop it.

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Wilmington could lose $1.5 million in state money if they do not come up with how they are using their police officers.

Attorney General Matt Denn and Delaware lawmakers have put the money aside until they get some answers.

The funds were to go for 20 weeks of foot patrols and overtime by Wilmington county and state police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that another $75-thousand was allocated to the state police for studying crime in Wilmington.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A governor's commission created after the 2013 asphyxiation death of a Maryland man with Down syndrome has released a report highlighting changes in disability awareness training for Maryland police agencies.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities released its report to the public online last week.

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There is no verdict yet in the trial of Cpl. Thomas Webster on assault charges for a 2013 incident in which he kicked suspect Lateef Dickerson in the jaw.

A dashcam video shows Dickerson who is black down on his hands at the time but not completely prone when Webster who is white struck him.  

The 12 member jury began deliberations last Friday as outside the courthouse a hand full of people stood with cardboard signs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A white police officer who broke a black suspect's jaw with a kick says he was aiming for the man's upper body, not his head.

Dover police officer Thomas Webster IV testified Thursday in his felony assault trial.

Webster testified that Lateef Dickerson was slow to comply with repeated police commands to get on the ground. Webster also said he was scared and feared for his safety and others' safety because officers were told that Dickerson was armed with a gun.

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Delaware lawmakers have approved $2 million to boost law enforcement efforts in Wilmington and Dover.

But with an ongoing record of shootings in Wilmington they also said they were willing to take away the city’s unilateral police powers.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that such a move would require an amendment to the city’s charter which can be done by the state legislature.

The paper reports that the move by legislators reveals a great distrust between city officials and lawmakers.

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In 2012 $5 million was seized by Delaware law enforcement from people who were arrested but in some cases never criminally charged.

That’s the finding by the Wilmington News Journal which reports that much of the money was used the buy items ranging from armored Humvees and helicopters to coffeepots and margarita machines.

The paper notes that law enforcement has been shielded from the public about just what they spend the money on.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A statewide test of Virginia's public records law shows that many officials are refusing to hand over documents they're required to provide.

Thirteen Virginia newspapers tested the state's Freedom of Information Act to find out whether officials are actually disclosing documents they're supposed to by law.

The Daily Press reports that the newspapers found that more than half of the police or sheriff's departments wouldn't provide information about felony incidents, which the law considers public records.


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A man who was shocked with a stun gun by a Fredericksburg police officer two years ago is seeking $5 million in a federal lawsuit against the department.

The Free Lance-Star reports that the Lantz Day says in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court that the incident caused him "mental and physical anguish."

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel is holding a seminar on how to de-escalate confrontations with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions is holding a session on Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate what works and what doesn't in a mental health crisis that will include participants who will role play.

The panel is hosting a three-day seminar. About 30 law enforcement officials and behavioral health partners will train at a facility in Sykesville.

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There are some new military style vehicles around South Bethany Beach.

They have been acquired by the local police department and include a military grade boat and a Humvee.

WBOC reports they would be used for emergencies such as evacuations during stormy weather.

During flooding when the National Guard does not step in the vehicles will help police navigate the streets.

Police Chief Troy Crowson told the television station that they will also allow his officers to carry out inspections rather than borrow or rent a boat.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for a police officer facing trial in the death of Freddie Gray are asking that the jury be sequestered.

Joseph Murtha and Gary Proctor represent Officer William Porter. They filed the motion last week in Baltimore Circuit Court. Porter is charged with manslaughter and other offenses. His trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 30.

The motion asks that during sequestration, the jurors' television viewing be controlled, their cellphones taken away, and all correspondence, calls and visits with family and friends be monitored by sheriff's deputies.

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Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan told a community meeting last night that the emphasis by law enforcement has shifted over the years from the number of arrests to a focus on community policing.

Delmarva Media Group along with the Salisbury University’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement sponsored the meeting.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Salisbury University Police Chief Edwin Lashley said he viewed his agency as a resource beyond making arrests.

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Salisbury Police saved a man who jumped into the Wicomico River in an apparent suicide attempt.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan along with Cpl. David Underwood dove in after him Wednesday and brought him to safety.

He was eventually taken to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Police say that man had called 911 threatening to kill himself by jumping off the bridge.

Underwood told the Salisbury Daily that he believes the man wanted help.

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HOCKESSIN, Del. (AP) - The New Castle County Police are investigating the death of a 55-year-old woman found at a Hockessin home.

Police say officers were called to Withers Way around 4 a.m. Wednesday after a 911 caller reported finding her mother dead.

About half an hour later, police say a man called 911 and claimed to be responsible for the woman's death. Officers responded to a home in another community where the man was arrested. Police say the man provided details about the incident that indicated he was involved and no other suspects are being sought.


The Delaware Supreme Court has refused to overturn the conviction of Frederick Gray in the shooting Wilmington police officer Justin Wilkers after a car chase.

Gray argued that the judge failed to grant a mistrial after the prosecution at the last minute turned over a supplemental police report in which the officer made inconsistent statements.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Gray also argued that statements from his mother to police after the shooting should have been admitted.

The prosecution argued they were made voluntarily.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new poll says less than half of Maryland residents agree that people of all races receive equal treatment by the police in their communities.

The poll released Monday by Goucher College asked residents questions relating to policing in their communities and the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore.

The poll found 27 percent of black residents who responded agreed that people of all races receive equal police treatment. That compares to 60 percent of white respondents.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge has scheduled the first of six police officers' trials in the Freddie Gray case for Nov. 30 and the other trials are set for early next year.

Officer William Porter will go on trial first. He is accused of failing to provide or request medical care for Gray and not securing him safely in a van. Gray was a black man who died after being injured in custody. His death led to protests, rioting and a curfew after people became angry over the police treatment of Gray.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia's attorney general is launching an initiative across the state to train police officers how to use force appropriately, de-escalate dangerous situations and recognize potential biases they may bring to the job.

At a press conference Tuesday in Arlington, Attorney General Mark Herring said he was motivated to act over the last year after rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore. He acknowledged that Virginia has had incidents of its own that have called into question whether police have used excessive force or might be targeting minorities.

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Brenden Thomas has won a lawsuit against the Ocean City police for excessive force and was awarded $45-thousand.

The incident occurred three years ago when Thomas was leaving Seacrets while the police were arresting another man.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Thomas exchanged words with the police and was eventually arrested after being told to leave.

The resort’s City Solicitor Guy Ayres told the paper that he was disappointed with the jury verdict in U.S. District Court but that added that he was pleased that the award was so low.

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The state of Delaware is launching a 30-45 day pilot program that puts body cameras on state and municipal police officers.

Governor Jack Markell said he was convinced that this would help protect citizens and officers alike.

The move comes after a major push by the NAACP in Delaware for the devices following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri at the hands of a police officer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, said he was pleased with the new program but says more needs to be done.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland commission is set to make decisions on recommendations for a statewide policy on the use of police body cameras.

The panel is scheduled to vote on aspects of the policy on Tuesday.

The 22-member commission is tasked with submitting statewide best practices to state lawmakers by Oct. 1.

The Maryland Police Training Commission is scheduled to put regulations together by Jan. 1.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A woman who says she was injured during a ride in the back of a Baltimore police van after being beaten and illegally arrested has sued the department.

The suit alleges that while Cierra Brooks was waiting for a ride outside a nightclub on Aug. 21, 2012, a police officer assaulted her, throwing her to the ground and dragging her through the street before tossing her inside a police transport van. Inside the van, the suit says Brooks was handcuffed but not secured in a seatbelt, and as a result "was thrown about and injured as the wagon was driven."

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FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating after a bus struck and killed a pedestrian walking on a road near Frankford.
Police say a United Bus Tours bus carrying 47 passengers was traveling north along US-113 near Frankford early Saturday morning. Police say a pedestrian was reported to be walking in the roadway.
The pedestrian was struck and severely injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say alcohol use by the pedestrian appears to be a factor. Police identified the pedestrian as 56-year-old Sylvester Bailey of Millsboro.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel that is working on developing best practices for using police body cameras has held its first meeting.

Frederic Smalkin, a retired federal judge who is the chairman of the commission, said Tuesday the panel's goal is to work with a cross section of interests to put forward best practices to be considered for regulations.

The 22-member panel is scheduled to submit recommendations by Oct. 1. The Maryland Police Training Commission is tasked with putting together regulations by Jan. 1.


BALTIMORE (AP) - On the heels of the most deadly month in 43 years, Baltimore saw 11 people shot, two of them fatally, in the first two days of August, including an incident in which seven people were shot.

That incident occurred Sunday in northwest Baltimore.

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The New Castle County police will begin using body cameras as the nation reels from another officer involved shooting caught on camera.

The department has begun a pilot program and becomes the largest in the state to use them.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state Attorney General Matt Denn said it is his intent that every officer in the state will wear one.

The Delaware NAACP which has pushed for their use praised New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon and other local leaders for moving ahead with the program.

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The U.S. Justice Department will be looking into alleged misappropriation of grant funds.

WBOC has learned from several sources that the money was supposed to be used for a new hire at the police department.

Instead the television station reports it was used incorrectly.

The station says that the Justice Department would not confirm the investigation because of policy practices.

But the television station reports that federal officials will be in the town on July 22.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Less than three years ago, Anthony Batts was hand-picked by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to combat crime and reform a troubled law enforcement department in one of America's most violent cities.
On Wednesday, Batts was fired as police commissioner amid the worst crime spike in the city since the 1970s.
Rawlings-Blake announced Batts' firing at a news conference Wednesday just 45 minutes after she delivered the news to him in person.