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Couple arrested for trespassing hire attorney, plan to sue the city
http://www.examiner.com/ ^ | 5 18 06 | Stephen Janis

Posted on 05/18/2006 10:34:01 AM PDT by freepatriot32

BALTIMORE - The Virginia couple arrested Saturday for trespassing after getting lost trying to find Interstate 95 have retained an attorney and plan to sue the city.

“In view of what’s happened, it’s a given,” said Dale Anstine, an attorney in York, Pa., who is representing the family. “I personally know these people; they are good kids. I think the conduct of this police officer is beyond outrageous.”

Llara Brook, 20, and her boyfriend, Josh Kelly, 22, traveled from Chantilly, Va., to Baltimore to see an Orioles game Saturday. The couple stopped in the 800 block of Bridgeview Drive in Cherry Hill to ask a Baltimore Housing Police Officer, Natalie Preston, for directions. Brook said the officer was blunt: “You found your way in. You can find your way out.”

After writing a citation for failure to obey a stop sign — a ticket Kelly disputes — the officer told them to leave. Confused, the couple drove about “40 feet” and stopped.

“We still didn’t know how to get out,” Kelly said.

But Preston pulled up behind them and arrested Kelly and Brook for “trespassing,” according to the ticket.

Anstine said he was currently “gathering information about the incident” and expected to file a lawsuit in “two or three months.”

Matt Jablow, a spokesman for the police department, said the incident is “under investigation.”

The police report contradicts the couple’s story, stating that Kelly was “argumentative” and refused to give the officer’s pen back after signing the citation for failure to stop.

Margaret Burns, spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office, said her office declined to prosecute the couple based on the arresting documents. “There are thousand of cases like this being thrown out every month,” Burns said. “In the month of February, we threw out 902 cases; in March, we threw out over 1,200 cases — that means 70 cases a day.”

Burns said “nuisance arrests” waste city resources that could be better used to fight violent crime. “Somewhere within the Police Department there is a policy or directive to increase the number of arrests, or crime has gone up,” she said. “The officer spent hours on this case; it’s a waste of her time.”

Jablow said there is no policy to increase arrests. “Crime is down significantly this month,” he said.

Meredith Curtis, spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the case is part of a larger trend. “This is the latest, most egregious example of what has been demonstrated to be a pattern of illegal arrests,” she said.

Curtis said that even though the charges were dropped, the couple will have a permanent record that can be expunged only if they agree not to sue. “It’s ridiculous and also unconstitutional.”

sjanis@baltimoreexaminer.com


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After claiming their car at the Baltimore City Impound lot on Pulaski Highway, Llara Brook and Josh Kelly look at the citation they received Saturday evening in Baltimore City.
1 posted on 05/18/2006 10:34:07 AM PDT by freepatriot32
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To: traviskicks

ping


2 posted on 05/18/2006 10:34:33 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: freepatriot32

They're white???? Well, there goes THAT theory!


3 posted on 05/18/2006 10:35:32 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: freepatriot32

You have to wonder why any city would think it's to their benefit to mistreat visitors to their downtown area.


4 posted on 05/18/2006 10:36:12 AM PDT by Numbers Guy
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To: freepatriot32

Doesn't a prosecutable offense of trespassing require a malicious intent? (No lawyer here)


5 posted on 05/18/2006 10:37:45 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Funny taglines are value plays.)
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To: freepatriot32
a Baltimore Housing Police Officer, Natalie Preston, for directions. Brook said the officer was blunt: “You found your way in. You can find your way out.”

Odds are officer preston is black. My experience with the Baltimore official police (not housing police) has been very good except for one black female traffic cop who took offense at my anti kerry sign.

6 posted on 05/18/2006 10:38:36 AM PDT by staytrue (Moonbat conservatives-those who would rather have the democrats win.)
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To: Numbers Guy

Well, there is an explanation.

He DID try to steal the police's ball-point pen, didn't he!

That should get him several years in jail.


7 posted on 05/18/2006 10:38:52 AM PDT by i_dont_chat (I defend the right to offend!)
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To: freepatriot32
“In the month of February, we threw out 902 cases; in March, we threw out over 1,200 cases — that means 70 cases a day.”

Sounds as if some lawsuits are long overdue. Unfortunately this happens a lot of places.

8 posted on 05/18/2006 10:39:05 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: freepatriot32
Sounds like a contempt of cop case. Might be lucky that force wasn't used.
9 posted on 05/18/2006 10:39:21 AM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: freepatriot32

I've heard that the only reason anyone would go to Baltimore in the first place is if you're lost.


10 posted on 05/18/2006 10:39:47 AM PDT by hardworking (Me? I just work to earn a living, pay taxes, educate my kids...so what could I possiblty know?)
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To: freepatriot32
Not to mention the stuff stolen from their vehicle when it went to the impound lot with the windows open.

The Balti-Morons should settle as quickly as they can. The PR for them can only get worse.

11 posted on 05/18/2006 10:39:50 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: freepatriot32
As a Baltimore native, and knowing what the area of Cherry Hill is like, I'm going to bet that the officer thought these were two kids form the suburbs looking to score some drugs from the locals.

Certainly the officer still acted silly, but I'm just trying to make SOME sense out of a story that seems to not make any.

12 posted on 05/18/2006 10:41:38 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: freepatriot32
There was a FR thread going yesterday about this. I still suspect the MSM - as usual - is only telling us what they want us to think.

They are leaving out relevant facts here.

But hey -- it ain't the first time, and it won't be the last.

13 posted on 05/18/2006 10:42:00 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Moose Once Bit my Sister. Yeah. She Turned Moose-lim.)
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To: freepatriot32

My impression of Baltimore was that if you are a vistor, you should stay within the inner harbor area. Outside of the inner harbor is like escape from new york.


14 posted on 05/18/2006 10:42:55 AM PDT by ContemptofCourt
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To: ContemptofCourt

BINGO!


15 posted on 05/18/2006 10:43:40 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: freepatriot32
This is really to bad.

Cops need to wake up and start treating people like PEOPLE.

They always complain about their image problem and that the public has a mistrust of LEOs.

It's amazing that they're to stupid to realize that the "mistrust" is not ingrained, it's conditioned.
16 posted on 05/18/2006 10:43:47 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: freepatriot32
The police report contradicts the couple’s story, stating that Kelly was “argumentative” and refused to give the officer’s pen back after signing the citation for failure to stop.

Isn't that the same charge they used to try to smear the Able Danger whistle-blower?

-PJ

17 posted on 05/18/2006 10:47:05 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: freepatriot32
Curtis said that even though the charges were dropped, the couple will have a permanent record that can be expunged only if they agree not to sue.

Talk about rigging the system against you...

-PJ

18 posted on 05/18/2006 10:48:17 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: safeasthebanks
I'm going to bet that the officer thought these were two kids form the suburbs looking to score some drugs from the locals.

I'm assuming they had Virginia plates on their car.
19 posted on 05/18/2006 10:48:21 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: freepatriot32
"Both Kelley's and Brook's parents are police officers in the Harrisburg, Pa., area."
20 posted on 05/18/2006 10:49:41 AM PDT by stylin19a (There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't)
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To: freepatriot32

Memo to the public: This young couple was probably up to no good and more than likely made up the story about the mean, nasty cop giving them a hard time. Just look at their photo, don't they remind you of Bonnie & Clyde? They both look like killers to me and were looking to "hit" someone at the ballgame. We, at the Baltimore Police Department, are always on the alert looking for nefarious law breakers acting like they are lost. Had it not been for our officer's training at the donut shop, chances were good this young couple might have escaped the confines of greater Baltimore.
Sincerely,
Mayor of Baltimore


21 posted on 05/18/2006 10:53:55 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: freepatriot32

I read the post the other day. There may be more here, but at face value, a civil rights complaint should be filed with the DOJ.


22 posted on 05/18/2006 10:58:51 AM PDT by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: ContemptofCourt

I lived north of Baltimore for a year when I got out of the Navy. I hated the whole area. One night my wife, my friend, and myself went to a O's game. Having never been to the inner harbor area, we parked about 2 miles away from the stadium. It was late when the game was called for rain, and we left by the same gate we entered. However, we turned the wrong way out of that gate, and soon found our three lily-white middle class butts wandering down streets we had no business being on. Taxis would not stop for us. Finally finding a cop parked at a bus stop, we asked for help. His response to my story..."Go back that way." "Can't you help us any more than that?" "No." Drives away. Fortunately we got a cab to stop after stepping in front of it.


23 posted on 05/18/2006 10:59:17 AM PDT by SteelCurtain_SSN720 (If you pass the rabid child, say "hammer down" for me)
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To: freepatriot32

I lived near Cherry hill and believe me it better to be in jail than get lost in Cherry Hill. Jokes aside isn't all the streets in Cherry Hill public. Is it possible to trespass on public property?


24 posted on 05/18/2006 11:00:27 AM PDT by MANO
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To: Responsibility2nd
There was a FR thread going yesterday about this. I still suspect the MSM - as usual - is only telling us what they want us to think.

I agree. Take another look at that photo; it's one of the most laughable poses I've seen in a long time, an obvious setup in an attempt to gin up sympathy for the couple.

My guess is the cop thought they were snotty rich white kids looking to buy some drugs, they gave the cop some attitude, and she gave them some right back.

25 posted on 05/18/2006 11:01:33 AM PDT by Dont Mention the War (This tagline is false.)
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To: mlc9852

When I saw the picture of the couple, I lost all sympathy. Not because they are white, but because they chose to pose for such a silly "poor poor me" photograph.


26 posted on 05/18/2006 11:03:54 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Rice 2008)
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To: ContemptofCourt

Its not THAT bad. But yes parts of the city are very run down and depressed.


27 posted on 05/18/2006 11:04:17 AM PDT by conserv13
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To: freepatriot32
If Miami has the rudest drivers, then Baltimore has the rudest cops.

I once got lost in downtown Miami, trying to find the old Miami Arena, and a Latino cop took his time to help me out to find the arena.

Shame on this Baltimore cop.

28 posted on 05/18/2006 11:05:01 AM PDT by george wythe
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To: freepatriot32
“The officer spent hours on this case; it’s a waste of her time.”

Maybe the officer knows that all she needs is a BS arrest like this to get a few hours sitting back at HQ doing paperwork rather than risking her life on the streets of Baltimore.

29 posted on 05/18/2006 11:07:00 AM PDT by Petronski (I just love that woman.)
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To: freepatriot32

"a permanent record that can be expunged only if they agree not to sue."

SEIG HEIL! Hitler and Stalin would certainly approve of this sort of tactic!

Ah well, no more time for FR today, I'm off to the state convention as a delegate.
A trip I am less than enthused about, but find necessary in order to try to keep the above sort of insanity from spreading.


30 posted on 05/18/2006 11:08:57 AM PDT by Richard-SIA ("The natural progress of things is for government to gain ground and for liberty to yield" JEFFERSON)
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To: freepatriot32
Crime is down significantly this month

Have to drum up some more business to justify the budgets. Just look harder. You'll find someone breaking the law.

31 posted on 05/18/2006 11:09:05 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Petronski
Maybe the officer knows that all she needs is a BS arrest like this to get a few hours sitting back at HQ doing paperwork rather than risking her life on the streets of Baltimore.

Something this serious calls for overtime also.

32 posted on 05/18/2006 11:10:27 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Dont Mention the War
My guess is the cop thought they were snotty rich white kids looking to buy some drugs, they gave the cop some attitude, and she gave them some right back.

Is "attitude" a criminal offense? I get "attitude" from people all the time - should I kidnap them, toss them in a cage overnight, have their car stolen and held for ransom, demand some of their wealth, and blacken their record? Doesn't matter to me how "fake" the photo is - the cop appears to be the true offender, and not the kids.

33 posted on 05/18/2006 11:11:01 AM PDT by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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To: Freedom_no_exceptions
Is "attitude" a criminal offense?

No, but it is a virtual guarantee that it will cause said cop to write you up for minor violations, which are criminal offenses, that she would otherwise have ignored.

Especially if she thinks you were there to break the law in the first place.

34 posted on 05/18/2006 11:14:12 AM PDT by Dont Mention the War (This tagline is false.)
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To: Freedom_no_exceptions
Is "attitude" a criminal offense? I get "attitude" from people all the time - should I kidnap them, toss them in a cage overnight, have their car stolen and held for ransom, demand some of their wealth, and blacken their record?

Only if you are a public servant.

35 posted on 05/18/2006 11:14:54 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: freepatriot32

I'm not suprised some of the cop groupies on FR are attacking these kids. Anybody who's ever had a run-in with a bad cop knows differently. For the first time in my life, I agree with the ACLU.


36 posted on 05/18/2006 11:15:08 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: freepatriot32

What were they trespassing onto? Isn't a street a public thoroughfare?


37 posted on 05/18/2006 11:15:56 AM PDT by Torie
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To: Dont Mention the War; bondjamesbond

Do you have any other hobbies besides being cop groupies?


38 posted on 05/18/2006 11:17:12 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: HEY4QDEMS
Thats a pretty big brush you're painting with. You don't speak for me and I don't complain about any of that.

Certainly some LEO's are jerks, and other cops think they are jerks too. If this couples story is accurate then this officer turned what could be a positive contact into some out of court settlement but we ususally never get the straight scoop from the media do we?

39 posted on 05/18/2006 11:17:31 AM PDT by Horatio Gates (Remember the Alamo!)
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To: windcliff

ping


40 posted on 05/18/2006 11:18:02 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: freepatriot32

Driving While White?


41 posted on 05/18/2006 11:20:50 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Dont Mention the War

Have to agree---that pose looked something like the Sinkmeister and MRS BILL CLINTON dancing in their bathing suits on a "deserted" beach. Oh, yeck, now I'm sick.


42 posted on 05/18/2006 11:22:20 AM PDT by wouldntbprudent (If you can: Contribute more (babies) to the next generation of God-fearing American Patriots!)
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To: freepatriot32

Sue the Hell out of this craphole city. Bankrupt their asses for a $100 million.


43 posted on 05/18/2006 11:23:48 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (FR's most controversial FReeper)
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To: freepatriot32

Jack-booted thugs...


44 posted on 05/18/2006 11:27:09 AM PDT by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I'd sacrifice my record to sue the crap of those overzealous, egomaniac idiots in blue.

Please note that I only refer some of the cops, not all by any means.


45 posted on 05/18/2006 11:29:38 AM PDT by kx9088
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To: freepatriot32

what was the name of that movie with Dan Aklyroyd? Nothing But Trouble?


46 posted on 05/18/2006 11:30:30 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: Republicus2001

Now THERE was a terrible movie.


47 posted on 05/18/2006 11:34:22 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: safeasthebanks
I'm going to bet that the officer thought these were two kids form the suburbs looking to score some drugs from the locals.

My understanding is they stopped and asked the cop directions. When she wouldn't help they stopped at the next cop they saw and attempted to ask. Really doesn't sound like someone looking for drugs.

48 posted on 05/18/2006 11:39:19 AM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: Horatio Gates
Thats a pretty big brush you're painting with.

You're right, some cops is a more accurate referrence.

If this couples story is accurate then this officer turned what could be a positive contact into some out of court settlement but we ususally never get the straight scoop from the media do we?

Who's got the broad brush now? Unfortunately this response is the motive for my original post.
49 posted on 05/18/2006 11:40:59 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: george wythe
If Miami has the rudest drivers, then Baltimore has the rudest cops.

I, too, got a ticket in the Baltimore suburbs for approaching a stopped cop car to ask for directions. No questions asked; just "license and registration, please" and then a half-hour wait in 90-degree weather for *her* to return my ID and the ticket, which I easily beat in court.

Female cops, like female pastors, are often the worst "authority jocks" out there, due to inner insecurity. Why they would pick on a middle-aged white woman in an old-fart car, dressed for church and on her way home from church, is beyond me, except that they saw me as an "easy ticket."

50 posted on 05/18/2006 11:41:57 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Got freedom? Thank a veteran)
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