Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The incident occurred Aug. 5 outside of Laurel Station Bar & Grill.
The State's Attorney for Prince George's County has found "no apparent criminal wrongdoing" from an August case in which a Laurel Police officer struck a handcuffed man, according to a statement from the City of Laurel. The incident occurred on Aug. 5 around 2 a.m. as police responded to a report of a fight at Laurel Station Bar and Grill (14933 Baltimore Ave.). In a cellphone video captured by an eyewitness, one officer—later identified in court documents as Pfc. J. Diaz-Chavarria—appears to hit a man outside the bar after he is already restrained. The case drew sharp criticism and allegations of brutality. D'Ante Williams, the man who was hit, filed a $3 milion lawsuit against the City of Laurel accusing police of assault, battery, and …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Civil Rights group has cataloged complaints filed against Laurel Police.
The Prince George's County Chapter of the NAACP is intensifing its calls for an investigation of the Laurel Police Department amid claims of excessive force and possible civil rights violation. On Monday, the group held a news conference at the Laurel Municipal Center to announce it was sending letters to the Department of Justice and the Maryland Attorney General's office. Check out the video. Related Stories: NAACP Files Complaint About Laurel Police With Feds NAACP, Residents to Hold News Conference at City Hall NAACP Calls For Removal of Laurel Police Officer
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Amid claims of police brutality, civil rights group to file complaint with US Department of Justice.
The Prince George’s County Chapter of the NAACP announced it will be asking the Department of Justice to intervene in investigating the Laurel Police Department amid claims of excessive force from city residents. Backed by more than 20 residents, the NAACP held a press conference Monday at the Laurel Municipal Center saying it asked city leaders to overhaul its police force and address claims by residents they were allegedly targeted racially by city police. Sign up for the Laurel Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations. Bob Ross, leader of the NAACP in Prince George’s, said the group would be sending a letter to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the…
Monday, September 10, 2012
Residents expected to testify to council regarding Laurel Police Department.
Laurel residents and the NAACP chapter of Prince George's County are expected to hold a news conference today at the Laurel Municipal Center at 6 p.m. followed by testimony from residents during a city council meeting regarding recent allegations of excessive force by the Laurel Police Department. Click here to read more. Related Stories Excessive Force Lawsuit Filed Against The City NAACP Calls For Removal of Laurel Police Officer
Friday, September 7, 2012
Civil rights organization wants City of Laurel to "revamp" its police force.
The Prince George’s County Chapter of the NAACP is intensifying its call for the City of Laurel to revamp its police department amid of allegations of use of excessive force. On Monday, Sept. 10, the NAACP will join with residents to hold a news conference at the Laurel Municipal Center at 6 p.m., an hour before a scheduled City Council meeting. NAACP leadership has made several calls for the city to revamp policies of its police department since an officer was caught on video striking a handcuffed man over the face at a bar. Sign up for the Laurel Patch newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations. The NAACP contends that the city police department has a history of excessive …