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Baltimore School Officers Arrested Over Teen Smackdown

Yeah…It looks bad…But…

2 Baltimore School Officers Arrested in Assault on Teenager

Two police officers for the Baltimore schools have been arrested after the release of a cellphone video showing one of them slapping and kicking a teenager while the second officer stood by.

One officer, Anthony Spence, 44, was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree child abuse by a custodian and misconduct in office in the episode, which occurred March 1, according to a statement by the Baltimore police. Officer Spence posted bond and was released Wednesday.

The second officer, Saverna Bias, was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office. She also posted bond and was released, according to court records.

In the video, an officer, who was later identified as Officer Spence, can be seen slapping and kicking the teenager.

Officer Spence acknowledged in a conversation with The Associated Press on Friday that he was the subject of a criminal investigation into the actions captured on cellphone video last week at the Reach! Partnership School.

“Right now I’m the bad guy,” he said. He referred questions to his lawyer, Michael Davey, who did not immediately respond to a phone call Wednesday morning.

The school district has its own police force separate from city police. The Baltimore City Police began a criminal investigation into the incident at the school after the eight-second clip surfaced.

School officials initially said that the officers had responded to a reported intruder, and that the young man in the video was not a student. On Friday, the school system said in a statement that he was “believed to be a student on the school’s roster.” The young man’s lawyer, Lauren Geisser, says he is a 10th-grader.

On Monday, the chief executive of Baltimore City Schools, Gregory Thornton, met with parents to discuss the video and said he would review training and selection of school police officers.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Baltimore…Again

A Baltimore School Officer slaps and kicks a student on video…

Looks really bad, and there is an uproar of indignation rising from a bunch of folks. However we have no idea what led up to this confrontation. I rode our local subway system into and all through the city for the past 3 1/2 years and certainly saw incidents of misbehavior which warranted a bit of old style attention-getting by the Transit Police. Whether such prevented any of the young folks on the receiving end from devolving further into being little sociopaths, I have no idea. It certainly had the effect of reducing petty misbehavior and petty violence on the trains. By the time those that get to major violence and robbery – you are not going to turn them around.

My father was variously a Principal and teacher back in the days of segregation in black High Schools. As a little tyke, who would be dropped off in the afternoon by the sitter, I certainly witnessed an occasional “reeducation” of a hardhead by one of the teachers or the Vice-Principal who also happened to be the football coach. One of the things I never will forget after moving into integrated schools was the level of vandalism and destruction of school property that was tolerated in the integrated schools. We certainly had kids who would sneak cigarettes into the boys or girls rooms – but I never witnessed anyone tearing the sinks or toilets off the wall, or writing graffiti over everything. Perhaps it was the impact of not having much but hand-me-downs from the white schools (“equal” in those days meant you had the same desks and books as the white schools, shortly after they had been used by the white schools for 10 years), and knowing anything that was broken would take a long time, if ever to be replaced.

I remember conversations among the black teachers when they would get together socially. When I grew up, black schools practiced corporal punishment as the norm. My third grade teacher, an older lady probably in her late 50’s or early 60’s at that time was real Old School. She gave a whack across the knuckles with a ruler for each word missed on the daily spelling test or math test…

As a poor speller, I got a lot of whacks. I was saved by the fact I was very good at math.

 

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in Black History, BlackLivesMatter

 

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Cruisin’ for a Brusin’

Saw this and couldn’t believe it. Not sure what level of stupidity inspired this woman to first, tongue lash, make fun of, and then take a swing with shoe in hand at this guy (and several other folks)… Yeah she was being an ass, and right up until she, and her girlfriends tried to take on the whole subway train with their shoes and hands – I think he would have walked away.

But, these clownettes bit off far more than they could chew.

Hope these young women learned a lesson they obviously didn’t learn at home – Civility.

Charges Dropped Against Man Whose Subway Slap Went Viral 

He’ll forever be known as the tall guy wearing the 8-ball jacket who slapped a woman on the F train in New York City. But what he won’t be known as is the guy who ultimately faced charges for the slap.

According to Jorge Pena’s attorney, charges were dropped against his client because the woman, Danay Howard, was the aggressor. Pena spent four nights in jail after slapping Howard but eventually posted his $1,000 bail on Tuesday.

In an interview with the New York Post, Pena’s lawyer, Cary London, said that the system worked. “Thank God for smartphones because the DA’s office was able to have all of the information in front of them at an early stage to show that our client did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense,” he said.

But the situation isn’t over; London plans to press charges against Howard on behalf of his client, whom he referred to as a gentle giant.

In speaking about the video, which so far has more than 4 million views, London said Howard was making fun not only of his client’s 8-ball jacket but also of his speech impediment before hitting him with her shoe. London said Pena was just trying to get home after a long night of working as a bouncer at a bar.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Domestic terrorism

 

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