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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.

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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.
 

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Police say they are checking on a report of a single shot fired at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

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There was a shooting at a party in Harrington that sent six victims to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday when a number of people were hit by gunshots.

Police say they are still investigating.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Washington County prosecutors are weighing a report on the death of a man after he was shocked by a police stun gun in Hagerstown.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says it recently gave its findings to the state's attorney's office. Deputy First Class Carly Hose said Friday that prosecutors will hold a news conference when they are ready to announce results of the investigation.

Thirty-one-year-old Darrell Brown of Upper Marlboro died April 24 after Hagerstown city police were called to a home he allegedly had broken into.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A trial has been scheduled for November for a Delaware police corporal charged with assault.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a Nov. 30 trial has been set for Dover Cpl. Thomas Webster, who is charged with second-degree assault. Last month, police released a 2013 dashcam video showing Webster kicking Lateef Dickerson in the face when he was on his hands and knees. Police say Dickerson was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police are investigating three more slayings as the city continues to endure a spike in violent crime.

Police say shortly after 6:30 Sunday morning, authorities found a woman's body inside a burning house in northeast Baltimore. Police believe the woman was killed and the house was then set on fire.

Earlier Sunday morning, police say officers found a 22-year-old man who had been shot multiple times in northwest Baltimore. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Police say two men have been shot near New Castle.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the shooting occurred shortly before 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Jefferson Farms neighborhood. Authorities say one victim was shot in the upper and lower extremities, while the second victim was shot in the lower extremity. Both were listed in stable condition at Christiana Hospital.

Police say both victims were taken to Christiana Hospital by a private vehicle.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office says two state troopers were justified in using deadly force against an armed robbery suspect who led officers on a high-speed pursuit in 2014 in Claymont.

In a report issued Monday, authorities said Corporals William Yeldell and David Hudak were justified in shooting at William McNulty after he refused to surrender, used his stolen vehicle to try to ram their cruisers, and accelerated in reverse toward them.

McNulty was a suspect in robberies earlier that day at an ATM and a convenience store.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Attorneys for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are asking a judge to move their case out of Baltimore, arguing it will be impossible to select an impartial jury and receive a fair trial.

The officers face charges ranging from assault to second-degree "depraved-heart" murder.

Gray's death April 19 prompted a wave of protests that on two occasions gave way to violence, looting and arson. The U.S. Justice Department announced it's conducting an investigation of the city police department.

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May 26, 2015
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It seems that every few weeks there is another video or another report of a young black man who has died. They range from Freddie Gray who died from a fatal spinal injury while in police custody to Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Each case is unique and the details can vary. 23 year-old Diamond Holton, a Communications Arts major at Salisbury University and a Washington D.C. resident, reflects on the impact these deaths have had on her and her community.

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To my black brothers in hoodies

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore city police said dozens of people have been shot and at least eight have been killed in a series of separate weekend shootings.

WBAL-TV reports a man and woman were shot in a car around 12:30 a.m. Monday. Both were taken to the hospital where the man died. Officers responded to another report of a shooting on around 1:43 a.m. Monday. A man died at the hospital. Another man was fatally shot Sunday afternoon. None of those shooting victims have been identified.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a Justice Department investigation into the Baltimore police department.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The attorney for a Dover police officer is blasting prosecutors' efforts to continue to pursue assault charges against him after a grand jury declined last year to indict him.

Cpl. Thomas Webster was arrested and released on bond Monday after a second grand jury indicted him on assault.

Webster was placed on leave in 2013 after reportedly kicking Lateef Dickerson, a suspect in a fight, breaking his jaw and rendering him unconscious.

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Dover police were on the scene this morning of a fatal shooting.

It occurred around 9:45 at the Pine Grove Apartment complex.

Meanwhile, police had advised students and staff at the Reilly Brown Elementary School to stay indoors.

The lockdown has now been lifted and police say they are certain that the suspect is no longer in the area.

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Calm returned for a second night in Baltimore with a 10 p.m. curfew that saw protesters move off the streets of the city.

Some wore T-shirts that read "Black Lives Matter" and demanded accountability from authorities in the death of 25-year old Freddie Gray after he suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles played took on the Chicago White Sox in Camden Yards without any fans in the stands.

The baseball club said it did so for safety reasons.

The O's beat the Sox 8-2.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore streets once filled with rock- and bottle-throwing protesters were quiet and nearly empty of civilians as residents heeded an overnight curfew enforced by 3,000 police and National Guardsmen.

The curfew, in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, got off to a rocky start, when as many as 200 protesters showed no immediate signs of going home.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - New Castle County Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old man.

Police responded to a Middletown home after getting a call around 2 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived, they found people attempting life-saving efforts on the man. Paramedics took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the investigation into how the man died is in its preliminary stages.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds of people at a Baltimore marched over the death of a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury involving a police arrest.

The crowd outside the Western District Police Station on Tuesday included 53-year-old Pricilla Jackson, carrying a sign reading, "Convict Freddie's killers."

The sign lists the names of six officers who've been suspended with pay while local authorities and the U.S. Justice Department investigate the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

At least one person was detained - an activist who jumped past police barriers.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police have released videos showing the arrest of a man who died after his spine was nearly severed.

But none of them captured what happened inside the van where an arresting officer said he suffered a "medical emergency."

Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez says the officers involved have been suspended, and the autopsy shows that Freddie Gray "did suffer a significant spinal injury that led to his death."

Rodriguez said that a week later, investigators don't yet have any evidence showing what caused that injury.

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There was no money in the Salisbury City budget for police body cameras despite strong support on the council.

During yesterday’s meeting council member Shanie Shields noted that with the climate in the nation she said she would support putting the devices on police officers.

Others in the chamber including Council President Jake Day and council member Jack Heath also said they were for officers wearing them.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died in police custody after officers used a stun gun as they arrested him during a break-in call.

Hagerstown police say officers responding to a 911 call reporting a break-in on Thursday night found a "highly agitated" man in front of the house. Believing the man was under the influence of drugs, police say officers requested an ambulance.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury Police are investigating the drowning of a man in the Wicomico River.

It happened about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Riverside Drive. Officers say 24-year-old Lamar Byron Sheppard of Salisbury went into the water and was unable to swim.

Authorities say someone pulled Sheppard from the water and tried CPR. Police say Sheppard was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Salisbury Police and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - The police chief in Princess Anne has retired while the police department is investigating the accidental deaths of a family of eight due to carbon monoxide poisoning in their home.

Town officials tell The Daily Times that Police Chief Scott Keller has retired after nearly eight years. Capt. Tim Bozman has been named interim chief of the town's police department. He was appointed to lead the department Friday.

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