If you want to know what an Eastside drug dealer feels when confronted by Baltimore Police, show BPD ID to Montgomery County police. They tossed me out of a restaurant in Bethesda because my shirt rode up and my holstered weapon with the badge adjacent were visible.
According to the manager, several patrons were "uncomfortable," and I was told by "security" that I couldn't be in the establishment while armed. When I didn't leave, police were called and I was escorted out by MCPD, told "not to make trouble," and threatened with "difficulty" if I didn't cooperate.
After securing my weapon and voluntarily offering to let a MCPD Lieutenant pat me down, I was told that I was making it more difficult than it had to be, threatened with arrest, and again refused entry into the establishment by police. No public intoxication, no disorderly, no assault, no nada! Apparently BWB (breathing while Black) is an arrestable offense in Montgomery County.
Amazing how Whites, both Hopkins oncologists and crackheads from Harford Co. pass through the Eastern District. As a police officer, I maintain the ability to discern which is which. How convenient it must be to work in Mont Co. where this skill is obviously not needed.
In the interest of fairness, when I made a formal IAD complaint, I specifically mentioned the Lt. and the Corporal, instead of the officers who were following their lead. They even sent a communication to BPD about it taking four of them to escort me out of the establishment. My chain of command just laughed it off. So far, but with IAD, you never know. You know, the last LOD death in Mont Co was run over by a fellow officer during a foot chase.
Talk about "Black and Blue"...This shit is depressing!
PLEASE make sure your students understand that when you REALLY need back up...you don't give a damn WHERE it comes from!
Thx for letting me vent,
March 6, 2010
Off Duty and Black in Montgomery County
I recently received this from a (black) Baltimore police officer: