Over the past few years, race relations have reached a tipping point in some regions of the country. Baltimore remains one of the more embattled cities in the U.S. As CNN reports, a 2015 evaluation based on a year-long monitoring project, the Department of Justice found that African-Americans were stopped and arrested at a disproportionate rate in the city, and even juveniles with mental health issues and mental disabilities were frequently subjected to excessive force.
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Residents of Maryland are painfully aware of the tragedy surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, a young 25-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of possessing an “illegal knife” in April of 2015. He suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody, which led significant public outcry. Since this time, the City of Baltimore has continued to struggle to gain the trust and support of an African-American community that often sees the police as a hostile outside force.
This regrettable and negative relationship has led to higher crime rates, especially in neighborhoods with less police presence. In fact, it’s a bit of a catch-22. On one hand, minority neighborhoods often distrust the police and will not report crimes. On the other hand, police often fail to adequately police those same neighborhoods. What results is higher crime and more gang presence.
Following significant findings of racial bias, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) established a consent decree. According to the decree, the Baltimore Police Department was required to establish a monitoring team to oversee race relations and make effective police changes to improve relationships in the community.
While it is a terrific step in the right direction to have a monitoring team in place, the sad reality is that false arrests and race-based arrests still happen at an alarming rate in Baltimore and nationwide. Even smaller communities like Anne Arundel and Howard Counties see a lot of these illegal arrests.
When police make up an excuse for stopping or detaining a person for an illegal reason, it’s frequently called a pretext stop. It just means that the police are using a legal pretext or excuse for an otherwise illegal act. These can include:
Remember that on the street, the police have a lot of authority, but getting a conviction is much harder. If you have been charged with a crime and suspect that your arrest was based on race or some other illegal reason, you may have a strong argument for getting evidence excluded. Call the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. in Maryland today to find out more.
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