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Aug 4, 2015
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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a Salisbury man was found fatally shot in the street.

Troopers say officers from the Salisbury Police Department, responding to 911 calls about 11:30 a.m. Monday, found 21-year-old Dommeir Deshields lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say Deshields was walking when someone approached and shot him.

Deshields died at a local hospital. His body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

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The Salisbury Police Officer who has been the object of a number of federal lawsuits has quit the force.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan says that Officer Justin Aita has quit to pursue other opportunities.

She emphasized that it was his decision and that the department wishes him well.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it received a list of all the Salisbury Police Department members through a Freedom of Information Act and his name was not on it.

The paper notes that the officer has been named as the defendant in five federal lawsuits.

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - The Snow Hill Police Department will swear in a new police chief next week.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports James Pilchard will become the new chief May 4 in the eastern Maryland town. Pilchard will replace Kirk Daugherty, who announced last year he would be stepping down due to vision problems.

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There were more disturbances at the Centre at Salisbury mall over the weekend.

Two females began fighting around 8 p.m. on Saturday that drew some spectators.

It was quickly dealt with by the Salisbury Police Department and the mall security.

No injuries or arrests were reported.

There was a second incident about an hour and a half later that involved a bus from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Too many people tried to ride the bus back to campus and caused some to become upset.

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The arrest of a 15 year old by a Salisbury Police Officer Justin Aita has been declared unlawful.  

That’s the conclusion of a Circuit Court judge who dropped 5 of the 8 charges against the teen.

The boy was taken into custody back in August when the officer stopped the teen for riding his bicycle without a head-light.

The boy eventually pulled away after allegedly giving a false name where upon chase ensued.

The police report says that the boy’s aunt approached the scene resulting in the boy and aunt fighting with the officer.

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The Salisbury Police Department has begun its pilot project of putting Tasers in the hands of its officers.

The police say the deployment of the weapon comes after extensive research, training and support from the Mayor and City Council.

Authorities say that studies show the Taser may deter violent behavior and cut down on injuries to both suspects and officers.

Officers are required to complete a certified training course before being issued a Taser.  

The Department will monitor their use for one year during the pilot program.

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A misconduct complaint has been filed in federal district court  stemming from an incident at the Monkey Barrel and Restaurant last May across the street from Salisbury University.

Curtis Adams was one three men who were arrested and have filed the complaint.

Adams says he was peacefully walking away when police ordered people out of the restaurant.

The police report says that Adams began yelling at the officer and then ignored an order to stop when he began to walk away.

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Salisbury residents gathered at First Baptist Church to question law enforcement officials in the wake of three police-involved shootings – two of them fatal.

Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan told the audience that her officers only use deadly force in instances where it is being used against them or against another.

She added those instances are “few and far between”.

In addition some at the meeting raised the prospect of creating a citizen review board.

Three Salisbury City police officers are facing a lawsuit on behalf of three non-English speakers who were held for more than four hours without being offered a reason.

The suit alleges that guns were drawn on them and that they were handcuffed.

The three speak Haitian Creole speakers with little fluency in English.

Frank Natale with Maryland Legal Aid told the Salisbury Daily Times that he’s hoping the two sides can discuss an out-of-court resolution to the suit.

He says no specific monetary damages have been asked for.

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Last night, the Salisbury City Council unanimously approved $12,500 in funding for nine tasers for the Police Department.

Council President Jake Day said, "There's no situation where you do not want somebody to live. That's not something anyone would ever want to see. And this, based on everything we're hearing, would prevent the loss of life."

Assistant Police Chief Ivan Barkley said that the devices would be used to prevent injuries to officers and detainees while using a controlled force when necessary.

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The latest FBI statistics found that the downward rate of violence crime in Salisbury has stalled dipping slightly from 369 in 2011 to 366 last year.

The city ranks 25th for such crimes with a population of between 25-thousand and 50-thousand.

In 2011 it ranked 17th.

Salisbury has a population of just over 30-thousand.

Salisbury Police called off a lookout for a 15 year old girl last night.

In issuing the lookout, authorities said that Kierra Nicole Spain had been missing since at about 2:30 pm yesterday afternoon at 312 Hazel Avenue.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there was no immediate information on why they did so.

The Salisbury Police Department is looking into why police pursued a teenager, Jorgens Sydney, in a car chase involving two patrol units that resulted in his death, when his vehicle crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Pine Bluff Road and Camden Avenue.

The two officers who were driving during the chase last Thursday night have been put on paid administrative leading pending the outcome of the investigation.

Serious crime rose slightly in Salisbury last year but compared to 2004 it has dropped by nearly 21 percent.

That’s according to the latest data from the Salisbury Police Department.

In 2012 the Department showed there were nearly 22-hundred reported Part 1 crimes that range from homicide and forcible rape to robbery, theft and arson.

That’s a 1.1 percent increase over 2011.

Two-thirds of the those crimes were thefts or just over 14-hundred.

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The Salisbury city Council unanimously decided to seek $65000 to increase salaries for the Police Department.

That’s more than the $400,000 Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan sought.

This week, Duncan and Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello described a hard working understaffed department with hectic schedules and rookie mistakes.

One high ranking officer told the council that his fellow officers were nearing “the breaking point”.

At tonight’s work session the Salisbury City Council will consider authorizing the police chief to enter into contractual agreements with businesses that request law enforcement services.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that officers with the Police Department have been working extra duty assignments at The Centre at Salisbury for some time.

The resolution says that the police department has developed a policy and standard contract that lays out the rules for all extra duty and secondary employment for its personnel.