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    ugh...i hate this

    POLICING POLICE ON CITY STREETS ..
    Thursday November 2nd 2006 6:23 AM
    ... Residents, fearing overly aggressive tactics, videotape officers' actions ...

    By Annie Linskey
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    November 2, 2006

    Leaning against the wall of a vacant rowhouse on Mosher Street, Devonte Smith fiddled with a palm-size video camera. A few blocks away, men and boys offered drugs for sale. Calls for "Redline" and "Ray Charles" - names for competing heroin products - echoed in the streets.

    But Smith wasn't focusing the camera on the dealers. He was looking for the enforcers.

    Smith is part of a loosely formed group of men who decided over the summer to keep video cameras with them so that they could monitor what they call overly aggressive police behavior.

    Day-to-day life in the West Baltimore neighborhood is caught on city police cameras set up on the block. But men on the street would prefer to make their own record.

    "You take my picture, I'm going to take your picture," said Harold Beverly, 28, who owns the camera Smith was holding. Beverly's video camera captured one - possibly two - episodes of what the men on the corner call questionable police behavior.

    The videographers' decision to point lenses at the police is causing a subtle shift in the murky power balance between the police and those who are policed. A group of people who might otherwise lack credibility suddenly might find that they have proof to back up claims of police harassment. For the Police Department, a few seconds of tape, shown out of context, can give them a black eye.

    Freddie Curry, who hangs out in the neighborhood, said he participates with the taping because "just telling you about it [police behavior] is far-fetched, but seeing it on camera is different. That was our concept from the beginning, to stop those officers from doing what they are doing in the neighborhood."

    One tape that Curry shot of an arrest was given to the media and has caused a public relations problem for the city police. A second tape of a raid, which has not been shown on local news, has sparked interest from police internal affairs, Beverly said. Police spokesman Matt Jablow would not confirm or deny details about police interest in a second tape.

    Officially, the Police Department has no objection to the men carrying camcorders.

    "I'm not concerned about videotaping," said police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm. "We do a full investigation of complaints. If our people aren't following our rules and procedures, we want to know."

    But Hamm acknowledged that what the men are doing can have a negative consequence for police. "It could create a perception of a problem. ... It upsets our people when false claims are made," he said.

    "Before you make judgment, be sure you get the complete picture," Hamm said. "Let us take a look. Let us get the facts. I believe that is how you handle those situations. That is how you handle the public."

    The tape that made the news was shot by Freddie Curry, 34. It shows police as they arrested his uncle, Glenn Curry. Viewers see two officers talking with Glenn Curry, who is handcuffed. One reaches over to Curry - his nephew calls it a strike - then pushes him to the ground. The officer then picks up a suspected heroin gel cap that popped out of Glenn Curry's pocket and pulls him a short distance. Finally, the officer picks Glenn Curry up, straightens his shirt and puts his baseball cap back on his head.

    As the scene unfolds on the screen, the videotapers sound excited: "All that force for what?" one man says. "I got his [expletive], I got his [expletive] man. I got the camera, I can show how they rammed him."

    Glenn Curry's lawyer, Granville Templeton III, showed the tape to reporters. Frames were published on the cover of the Baltimore Examiner and replayed on the local evening news. CBS News asked for a copy, and it has been posted on the Internet site YouTube.

    Glenn Curry was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, trespassing and resisting arrest. Prosecutors dropped the charges Monday, saying that the scene in the video contradicted the account that the arresting officer wrote in his statement of charges.

    Prosecutors had the tape digitally enhanced to investigate any claims of police misconduct but did not pursue charges against the officer.

    "We would not be able to prove any criminal wrongdoing," said Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office. Her office sent the case to the Police Department for administrative review.

    The Police Department defended the officer.

    "It did not appear to us that there is anything wrong with the arrest, but [police] internal affairs is investigating," Jablow said. The officer has not been suspended.

    FBI agents have viewed the tape and are reviewing the incident, said spokeswoman Michelle Crnkovich.

    Despite all of the attention, Templeton, Curry's lawyer, concedes that "it's not the Rodney King video."

    The men who are videotaping are not squeaky clean. Beverly pleaded guilty to assault, battery and handgun charges in 1995 and a drug possession charge in 1999.

    Freddie Curry works for the city Department of Transportation, and this month his job included hanging police signs around Broadway Market in Fells Point informing citizens that they are being taped. He also has a past. Curry spent time in prison for armed robbery and for violating the terms of his probation. He grew up in Upton and lives in Reisterstown with his wife and children.

    Although this is the first that city police have heard of organized videotaping of their activities, it is not unusual for those on the street to keep tabs on the police in other ways. Drug dealers give nicknames to police officers, and they know what shifts officers work.

    "As closely as we're watching them, they're watching us," said Sgt. Kirk R. Fleet, who patrols the neighborhoods off Pennsylvania Avenue. "It's important for [officers] to get to know the kids and the criminal element. A lot of it is you have to gain their trust."

    The men say they stash a few cameras in nearby homes and cars that they can grab if they see something they want to record. But they are not completely on top of their task.

    Recently, they decided to tape as officers raided a home. "I yelled, 'Yo, where the camera at?'" Beverly said. When a camera was found, he discovered that its batteries were dead. The men had to find a cable so that they could charge it, and they missed a lot of the action, they said.

    Curry and Beverly said that not every arrest is taped. If they see something and a camera is available, they'll record it, Curry said.

    On a recent Thursday - a day of the week the residents call "jump out day" because, they say, police drive into the neighborhood, jump out of cars and arrest people - nobody was on hand to videotape two men being stopped by police.

    Both men lay on the ground while they were searched. One man was released and the other was taken away in a police van.

    "He probably had something on him," Beverly said.

    He wasn't miffed about the way that arrest was handled. "It is certain ones [officers] who are too aggressive with the law. All of them [the police] ain't like that though," Beverly said.

    annie.linskey@baltsun.com

    Copyright © 2006, The Baltimore Sun
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    nothing like know it all tools with a camera. Somehow cameras a lot of the times dont get a full picture..

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    Are they handing in the whole tape or a portion of it?? And can it be verified that it wasn't tampered with...chain of custody issues on behalf of the bad guys.
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    Yep. In a court of law it may be thrown out, but the public sees what it wants. If it wants to believe a 5 second clip of an officer "beating a guy for no reason" that's what they see. Not the fact the subject was resisting arrest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapout View Post
    The tape that made the news was shot by Freddie Curry, 34. It shows police as they arrested his uncle, Glenn Curry. Viewers see two officers talking with Glenn Curry, who is handcuffed. One reaches over to Curry - his nephew calls it a strike - then pushes him to the ground. The officer then picks up a suspected heroin gel cap that popped out of Glenn Curry's pocket and pulls him a short distance. Finally, the officer picks Glenn Curry up, straightens his shirt and puts his baseball cap back on his head.
    I don't see what all the fuss is about. Just sounds like whining babies pointing fingers.
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    thats what it is, just not how it is portrayed in the media.
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