Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore Police’

Baltimore Cops Caught Planting Drugs

July 20, 2017
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Confessions Of A Former Drug Warrior

June 26, 2015

I was doing narcotics work. And so I was spending a lot of time doing surveillance in a van, or in some vacant building. You have a lot of time on your hands with that kind of work. You’re watching people for hours at a time. You see them just going about their daily lives. They’re getting groceries, running errands, going to work. Suddenly, it started to seem like an entirely different place then what I had seen when I was doing other police work. I grew up in Bel Air[, Maryland]. I didn’t have exposure to inner cities. And when you work in policing, you’re inundated early on with the “us vs. them” mentality. It’s ingrained in you that this is a war, and if someone isn’t wearing a uniform, they’re the enemy. It just becomes part of who you are, of how you do your job. And when all you’re doing is responding to calls, you’re only seeing the people in these neighborhoods when there’s conflict. So you start to assume that conflict is all there is. Just bad people doing bad things.

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Why “Criminals” Should Have Rights

October 30, 2014

What happens if we treat the accused as criminals without rights? Police can assault them and lie about it afterwards:

A Baltimore City police officer has been charged in a case of alleged police brutality, but attorneys for the victim don’t believe those charges go far enough.

On June 15, Officer Vincent Cosom Jr. exchanged words with Baltimore resident Kollin Truss, then was caught on CitiWatch crime cameras punching Truss in the face. The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office said Cosom completed a report after the incident, saying the victim had assaulted him.