Category: Crime

Community Members Question Police About Killing of Robert White

Screen shot of Chief Thomas Manger addressing the press following the shooting from pscp.tv. Post by Woody Brosnan from Safe Silver Spring, reprinted with permission. About 50 community activists and neighbors of Robert Lawrence White came to the quarterly meeting of Safe Silver Spring to express frustration about the many unanswered questions surrounding White’s slaying last Monday [June 11] by a Montgomery County police officer. Captain William Montgomery, the recently installed commander of the Silver Spring district, was peppered for more than two hours with questions about White’s death, the use of lethal force, and training requirements, during the...

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UPDATED: Apparently Unarmed Man Shot, Killed by County Police

Screen shot of Chief Thomas Manger addressing the press from pscp.tv. An apparently unarmed African-American man was shot and killed by a Montgomery County police officer yesterday afternoon, according to the department. About 2:15 p.m., an officer from the 3rd District encountered the man in the area of 9233 Three Oaks Dr., near Sligo Creek Parkway, Chief Thomas Manger told members of the press. “The officer attempted to speak with the man,” he said, “and the man become combative and a physical altercation occurred.” There was “no indication” the man was armed, Manger said. The individual was shot several...

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County Police Looking for Assistance to Identify Burglary Suspect

Suspect who used a credit card that was stolen during a residential burglary on East West Highway. Photo from Montgomery County Police Department. County detectives are looking for assistance to identify a suspect in a May 12 residential burglary in the Woodside area, according to a police department press release. The suspect, or suspects, is reported to have entered a home in the 1700 block of East-West Highway sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. through a rear door, taking property including credit cards. “A suspect used a stolen credit card at the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 8455...

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Police asking residents to complete survey about department, crime and safety

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons The county’s police department is looking for residents to participate in a short survey about the department, neighborhood crime and public safety issues. According to the survey’s introductory statement, “Understanding community views of the police is important to ensure MCPD is operating with appropriate enforcement and social service responses, improving police-community relations, and enhancing the performance of police officers in Montgomery County.” The study is being conducted by Naya Patterson, a University of Maryland student, as part of her policy engagement project course at the university. The police department’s Planning Section is overseeing the project....

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Council to hold hearing on funding to address gang suppression

Image from Wikimedia Commons The County Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 3 to consider supplemental funding for gang suppression activity. The supplemental appropriation to the FY 2018 budget would grant $596,920 to the Montgomery County Police Department and $246,773 to the States Attorney’s office. In a July briefing before the council’s Public Safety Committee, the council staff report noted “gang activity constitutes a relatively small percentage of reported crime in the County. It is important to note, though, that gang crime often goes unreported.” The report noted that according to the police department, gang-related homicides had...

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