Frederick H. Bealefeld, III, Commissioner
Baltimore Police Department
Dear Commissioner Bealefeld:
I am writing to issue a complaint and to seek a remedy. On June 20, 2011, I and other
This excessive misuse of police power was particularly insulting, as I understand that the City of
Earlier that day two resolutions, which the Fund Our Communities Task Force supported, were passed. One called on Congress to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities and the other, introduced by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on behalf of Mayors for Peace, called for nuclear disarmament. Both resolutions, if adopted by the federal government, would free billions of dollars to address the needs in our cities.
The Fund Our Communities Task Force organized several events while the
I met with a police officer during the Teach-In, and we went over the details of the following day’s march. He was very pleasant.
On Saturday, June 18 we marched from St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church to an area by the
On Sunday, June 19, three of us went to the Clipper Mill as the mayors, their families and staff were there for a social event. Again I spoke cordially with the commanding officer assigned to provide security during the Conference of Mayors. I also spoke to several mayors, including those representing
We were aware that the votes on the resolutions would take place on Monday, June 20. So we gathered outside the Hilton and received text messages from a friend inside who was keeping us informed. Eventually, we were elated to discover that the resolutions we supported passed. Thus we went inside the Hilton to be at the press conference and participate in a historic event. The anti-war resolution was the first of its kind since 1972 during the Vietnam War.
However, our elation changed to outrage as we were treated rudely, and illegally denied a chance to witness the historic press conference. We did nothing wrong, committed no crime. So I am still bewildered by being threatened with arrest by members of the
Now I seek restorative justice, which would include an apology and a response that I will not face arrest again for being inside a publicly-financed
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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Office of the Mayor, City of
District 1: James B. Kraft
Room 503, City Hall
District 12: Carl Stokes
Room 509, City Hall
American Civil Liberties
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