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Remember in *2015* when former Baltimore cop & blackface performer Bobby Berger sold 600 tickets at $45 each for a fundraiser for the officers charged in #FreddieGray's death, before backlash caused the venue to pull out? [Archive pic of Berger from 1982] baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/…
Berger, known for impersonating 1920s-40s blackface performer Al Jolson, was fired by BPD in the '80s after off-duty performances drew the ire of the NAACP. He said he organized the 2015 fundraiser bc he knew how it felt to be suddenly w/o a BPD paycheck. baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/…
Berger was ordered by BPD to stop blackface performances in early '80s, sued w/ backing of @ACLU saying order violated free speech, lost, was fired, won on appeal, was rehired, & got $108K+ in back pay, legal fees & compensation for *humiliation & stress* baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/…
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#BothamJean was murdered in his apartment by a white woman police officer whose name I've yet to see in print. Ok, press. Protect her identity as long as possible even though she entered the wrong apartment, pulled her gun and shot a man minding his own damn business.
By all accounts, a very good man who was minding his own damn business. #BothamJean earned a bachelor's degree from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. There's a reason you've never heard of it--it's a tiny private Christian college run by the Church of Christ.
And if you've never heard of THAT denomination, well, how can I explain the church I grew up in? Imagine the Puritans--stoic, sober and austere in their worship and expression, in their decorum. #BothamJean attended one of the few CoC unis in the US, on purpose.
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On 4/18 at 4pm in @UMBCLibrary, @BmoreDoc of @MorganStateU, @seemadiyer of @EubieBee, as well as Felipe Filomeno and @PNicoleking of @UMBC sit on our panel about Redevelopment and Justice in #Baltimore. #humforum18 ow.ly/cZej30ii1PD
.@AmyBhatt is introducing our panelists: @BmoreDoc, Felipe Filomeno, @PNicoleking, and @seemadiyer #humforum18
Lawrence Brown (@BmoreDoc) is a Professor at @MorganStateU. He starts us off by placing gentrification in historical context: forced displacement of indigenous tribes and Africans. #humforum18
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Cops just showed up in my neighborhood, locked up several of the corner boys.
They swooped in with unmarked cars, and surrounded a van where several of the boys were hanging out.

They pulled them all out of the van and sat them all down on the sidewalk, cuffed.

Then they opened up everything in the van and started questioning them.
They found a small bag of weed in the glove compartment, and after questioning them (which turned to them yelling at them), they called a paddy wagon and put two of them in it.
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Tonight, two Baltimore police officers were found guilty of robbery, racketeering & conspiracy in a major corruption case. #GTTFtrial
The #GTTF (Gun Trace Task Force) was a Baltimore PD unit charged with getting illegal guns off the streets. 8 officers on the force were indicted in the trial.
The convicted #GTTF officers abused their power to carry out robberies. Federal prosecutors say the men stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and drugs, and regularly violated the rights of citizens. baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/…
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