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Protests have spread across the country to demonstrate against the death of an African American man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. Kirkland Hall, a local activist and a member of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconcilation Commission, tells Delmarva Publc Radio's Don Rush about his angish but also his strong objection to the violence that has occurred during the protests.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A public interest law firm is asking the Supreme Court to consider whether police officers and other government agents should have broad immunity from civil lawsuits.

The court is expected to decide as soon as this month whether to take the cases.

In one, a college student was restricted from suing officers who beat him up in a case of mistaken identity.

Another involves a woman whose home was destroyed by agents looking for her ex-boyfriend.

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TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (AP) — A man who had been handcuffed with his arms behind his back by police in Maryland has been shot and killed inside an officer's cruiser.

News outlets report Prince George's County police officers responded Monday night to reports that a driver had struck multiple vehicles near the Temple Hills community.

Officers believed the man was under the influence of PCP.

The man was handcuffed and buckled into the front passenger seat of a police cruiser. Police say an officer got into the driver's seat, then there was a struggle.

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Greensboro Police Chief Eric Lee says he hopes his department has started a new beginning after the decertification and dismissal of Officer Thomas Webster who was involved in the death of Anton Black.

Webster who was hired by the department in February of last year was decertified after failing to disclose the “use of force” reports from when he was with the Dover Police Department.

Lee told WBOC that he want his officers to be visible and heavily engaged with the community.

The chief did not hire Webster and the town is not planning on replacing him.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Johns Hopkins University will be allowed to create its own armed police force, under a measure that has received final approval by the Maryland General Assembly.

The Maryland Senate voted 42-2 to pass the bill Monday night. That sends the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan. A spokesman for Hogan says he will likely sign the bill.

The measure has sparked debate between those who want to increase campus safety as Baltimore struggles with violent crime and those who fear police profiling.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Family members of a black Caroline County teenager who died after a struggle with police officers urged Maryland lawmakers Tuesday to approve legislation to increase transparency and accountability for police officers.

The measure, named for 19-year-old Anton Black, would enable people who file complaints about an officer to receive a copy of documents for previous complaints filed against the police officer.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The police chief in Maryland's capital has been fired after less than two years on the job.

News outlets report Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said he was firing Chief Scott Baker on Friday, citing poor relationships with residents in high-crime areas. Baker will leave March 20, after a little more than 18 months at the helm.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A Baltimore Sun survey found Baltimore-area police departments prompted sexual assault victims to waive their rights to an investigation more than 200 times in 2017 and 2018. The newspaper reports that the practice is contrary to guidance from experts and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault Executive Director Lisae Jordan called the practice "totally and completely inappropriate," citing the impaired decision-making and memory that often accompanies recent trauma.

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GREENSBORO, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials in charge of police certification want to know why they weren't told about disciplinary filings in the record of an officer later involved in the death of a black teenager in an Eastern Shore town.

Video shows Thomas Webster IV using a stun gun on and struggling with 19-year-old Anton Black, whose September death fueled an outcry. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Gerard Shields tells The Baltimore Sun that Greensboro police hadn't provided Webster's complete policing history including disciplinary filings.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia police chief says one of his officers accidentally shot a person inside a home while firing at an armed suspect on the street.

News outlets cite a release from Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera, who says both people suffered non-life-threatening wounds on Sunday.

Cervera's statement says officers responding to gunfire attempted to verbally de-escalate the situation with the armed suspect before ultimately shooting him. Police later learned that someone in a nearby home had also been shot.

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The Dewey Beach is set to bring in a consultant to oversee the police department.

Yesterday the town commissioners voted to provide $25-thousand to allow the Town Manager to hire the consultant.

Commissioner David Moscowitz told WBOC that the consultant would be expected to provide  recommendations if the department has any issue and is not sure as to what it should do.

The move is has been in the making since 2017.

But at the time the resort did not have a Town Manager to move forward.

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Harrington Police Chief Norman Barlow says an internal affairs review has found that an officer was justified in striking Jermaine Newcomb multiple times in his head during his arrest.

Officers were called to the Harrington Raceway and Casino in February to a large fight in the area.

Newcomb was cited for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

But Newcomb maintains that he was not involved in the fight before he was arrested and disagrees with the conclusion of the report.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland appeals court has said police responding to an anonymous 911 call regarding potential illegal activity need to keep a recording of the call.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reported Wednesday that the Court of Special Appeals said not keeping recordings could cause subsequent stops, arrests and convictions to be overturned. The court issued the ruling last week when it overturned an illegal gun possession conviction in Baltimore.

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Residents and businesses in New Castle County will see a 15 percent hike in their property tax bill.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there will be a 7.5 percent increase in 2019 followed by another in 2020.

The measure approved by the county council is part of $325 million in operating and construction budgets in the upcoming fiscal year starting July 1st.

Supporters of the increase said it was needed to cover services ranging from parks and police to libraries.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Some officials in Maryland are calling for more transparency of police personnel files and disciplinary records.

The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that Maryland shields such records from public disclosure. But the recent corruption convictions of some Baltimore police officers have prompted calls for a change. Some officers had faced internal misconduct allegations.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said through a spokeswoman that "the issue of disclosure and transparency warrants a fresh look."

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Local governments, hospitals and the University of Virginia spent at least $540,000 preparing for and responding to white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

The Daily Progress reported Sunday that the money focused on a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in July and the failed Unite the Right rally in August. Most of the costs stemmed from the weekend of Aug. 12, which turned violent and left three people dead.

The city of Charlottesville spent at least $200,000. Nearly half of the money covered staff and police pay. 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has announced plans to crack down on repeat violent offenders and gangs, as homicides have gone over 300 for the third straight year in Baltimore.

The Republican governor on Tuesday announced immediate steps as well as plans for measures in the upcoming legislative session.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Charlottesville Police Department has released figures that show it spent nearly $70,000 on a white nationalist rally that left one person dead and dozens injured.

The money was spent on overtime for police officers, bottled water, food and batteries. The costs also included a consultation with a clinical psychologist to help prepare police for the rally.

The list of expenditures was provided to Richmond television station WRIC in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. It was also provided to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Delaware has begun surveying relations between the police the criminal justice system and the public.

It is being carried out by the Access to Justice Commission and police organizations.

WBOC reports that it allows users to answer multiple choice questions.

Camden Police Chief Bill Bryson told the television station that it was too early to know what impact it would have on any recommendations.

There is a separate survey being given to police officers and parole officers on their views of interactions with the public and the criminal justice system.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville spent nearly $33,000 on the police response to a Ku Klux Klan rally last month.

About 50 members of the Loyal White Knights came to Charlottesville on July 8 to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. They were met by more than 1,000 protesters condemning the rally.

Officials tell local news media outlets that the response cost the Charlottesville Police Department about $32,835.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorney General Mark Herring is meeting with law enforcement officials, mental health advocates and others to discuss ways to improve re-entry services for people preparing to leave local and regional jails.

The attorney general's office is hosting five training sessions on re-entry programs this month for local law enforcement agencies, service providers and others stakeholders. The attorney general's office says the sessions are designed to help localities implement more effective services that help offenders succeed when they go back into the community.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police say a man was found shot to death inside his Dover apartment.

Delaware State Police said in a statement that 911 callers reported that a man had been shot at the Alder Park Apartments early Wednesday.

When troopers, Dover police and paramedics responded, police say they found the unresponsive 44-year-old man inside his apartment with multiple gunshot wounds. The man died at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Police say no suspects have been identified.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker wants to forbid a police chief or any public official from naming an officer who discharges a gun, or is under investigation for using force, until an investigation is complete.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Although possession of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in Maryland, the state's highest court has ruled that police can still search a car without a warrant if they smell pot.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Court of Appeals issued the unanimous opinion on Friday. Judge Shirley Watts wrote that "decriminalization is not synonymous with legalization, and possession of marijuana remains unlawful."

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Hampton Roads region now has six police departments with liaisons to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Suffolk is one of the latest cities to join in. The liaisons who started there in January are detectives Tiffany Whitten, who is gay, and Sean Rowan, who is heterosexual. The city of Hampton recently created similar positions, as well.

The Suffolk detectives say it's important to maintain a line of communication with the community, whose members might not always feel comfortable talking to police.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A film festival in Annapolis this weekend is honored a disabled Maryland man who died from asphyxiation in 2013 when three sheriff's deputies tried to forcibly remove him from a movie theater.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ethan Saylor Memorial Film Festival featured works created by or about people with Down syndrome. It runs through Sunday.

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The Baltimore police force has committed to sweeping policy changes as part of a court-enforceable agreement with the federal government.

The improvement plan was filed in federal court Thursday.

It is meant to require an overhaul in how police officers do their jobs, mandating improvements in stops and searches as well as arrests.

The agreement resolves months of negotiations with the Justice Department, which had identified pervasive constitutional violations.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's new mayor says the city is aiming to reach an agreement with the federal government to overhaul police practices before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Mayor Catherine Pugh, who took office two weeks ago, told news reporters Tuesday she thinks they can do it. Last week Attorney General Loretta Lynch put pressure on Baltimore saying "the ball is in the city's court" to conclude negotiations soon.

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Salisbury University has a new app.

It will allow students and staff to quickly contact police for help.

It’s called the 911 Shield App.

Julia Howell, president of the Student Government Association, told WBOC that even if there isn’t a problem the new app provides a sense of security.

The app can be customized to provide personal information that can help authorities when a student is in trouble.

Within the last month there have been cases of assault on students around the campus.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Milltown-area high school was evacuated after authorities say a bomb threat was found written inside a restroom.

The Wilmington News Journal Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale says the written threated was discovered on a wall of a second-floor bathroom at St. Mark's High School on Thursday morning.

Hale says the threat advised there were several bombs inside the building.

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