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    One less criminal on the streets of Washington

    So i read this story on Yahoo a few minutes ago.. I am from West virginia, but thought you all may be interested. This young man deserves a medal...a parade....something! Heres the story...
    Michael Binegar, Morgantown WV.

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    Founder's Club Member - Moderator Gray Peterson's Avatar
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    Wrong Washington.

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    I moved it to the DC forum.


    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Peterson View Post
    Wrong Washington.

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    From the title, I assumed they arrested the pos mayor or ahole police chief.

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    This was in Maryland. I used to live south of that area in Charles County... Southeast DC spills over into MD. Rena Rd is actually in Prince Georges County, which is in MD.

    Should be in Maryland, not DC.

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    While it happened in MD, it appears the perp was from DC...

    (...and the pillar of the community who was shot had drug, assault, and robbery convictions on his record.)
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    "Fletcher's relatives questioned the preliminary ruling that the shooting was justified. Fletcher mentored youths and enjoyed sports -- and was not someone who was likely to participate in an armed robbery, they said."

    "Investigators say Fletcher and the others may have been involved in another robbery in the area hours earlier, sources said. He also was facing an active arrest warrant related to a March incident in which he was accused of carjacking and robbing a man he had arranged to buy shoes from.

    Fletcher had been arrested three times in 2008, twice on drug-related charges and once for robbery and assault. One of the drug cases was dropped for lack of evidence, the other because officers did not show in court to testify against him, said a spokesman for the Prince George's County state's attorney's office. The robbery and assault case was dropped when the victim could not identify Fletcher as his attacker, the spokesman said"

    I love how this kids mother says he was an angel and yet his record shows he's anything but. But I suppose they would argue he was not convicted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XxCaMeLxxToSiSxX View Post
    Fletcher had been arrested three times in 2008, twice on drug-related charges and once for robbery and assault. One of the drug cases was dropped for lack of evidence, the other because officers did not show in court to testify against him, said a spokesman for the Prince George's County state's attorney's office

    For those of you who aren't familiar with the way the courts and street-level LE works in MD, let me explain what this REALLY means...

    "Lack of evidence" in PG County means they ran his plates during a traffic stop, and pulled him over for a "fishing expedition", and arrested him and impounded his vehicle because the LEOs figured that forensics would find SOMETHING in his car or personal effects. And even if they DON'T find anything, he's going to have to pay to get his car out of impound, which is going to be several hundred dollars. Win-win for PGCP. Cha-ching...

    "Officers didn't show to testify" means that when they arrested him, they did something HORRIBLY wrong, like call him a racial name, or rough him up, or illegally search his person, property, or vehicle, or obtain their warrant using false information or some other such egregious procedural shenanigans, and when nothing came from the searches of his property and they had nothing real to show for their efforts, rather than have it go to trial, and have all the LE monkey business exposed to the light of day as a matter of record, they just don't show up to testify, so the State's Attorney can just ask the judge to dismiss the case, and they all save face. Potential fishing expedition=harassment that may or may not pay off for a given LEA. But when nothing comes of it, they generally don't want their shenanigans seeing the light of day as a matter of court record. So they ditch the case...

    You have to remember that PG County Police (along with Howard County, Baltimore MPD, and MSP) are some of the MOST CITED LEAs in the nation by the US DOJ for civil rights violations, corruption, and procedural shenanigans. MD LEAs have, in total, shelled out tens of millions of dollars in civil rights violations lawsuits in the last decade. This isn't because a bunch of activists have been baiting them--it's because there is an systemic culture of disdain for the law, the rights of US citizens, and the public in general among MD's urban LEAs.

    I'm not saying the accused is an angel, or an innocent victim of various LEAs. But the fact that he has a record makes him a prime target for "fishing expeditions" and other forms of institutionalized harassment. You just have to know how to read the news reports to really understand what's REALLY going on with this guy's record...

    When a cop doesn't show up to testify in a drug case, it's generally NOT because he had to take his kid to a piano recital. It's usually because their case is too flimsy to win, or they did something VERY wrong in the prosecution of the warrant, arrest, or search...

    That's how they roll in PG county folks...

    It's pretty well known to the locals up there that most of the MD LE community uses the "Chicago playbook". Just another reason to stay on the "free side the moat" if you can...
    Last edited by Dreamer; 09-27-2010 at 12:58 AM.
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