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African American groups rip on brutality report

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April 5, 1985

Two groups representing black policemen this week blasted Rockville’s official account of last summer’s fracas between two city officers and three Lincoln Park residents.

The Montgomery County NAACP asked the National Black Police Association (NBPA) and the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) to review a report of the incident written by Rockville Police Chief Jared Stout.

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County weighs in on police body cameras

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GERMANTOWN – For over a decade, Linda Plummer has campaigned on transparency in policing.

As President of the Montgomery County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Plummer was glad to see that her campaign for police to wear body cameras has come to fruition in Montgomery County.

“So this has leveled itself out over the years, but we, the NAACP, were the ones who began speaking about body cameras,” Plummer said.

The national conversation over community-police relations was reignited this month after videos of police using lethal force in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn. went viral.

“Social media has really opened up our eyes to the some of the crises going on really,” Plummer said.

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County officials navigate turgid waters of race relations

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flowers along FergusonA black man in a sweater, baseball cap and jeans pulled up around 10:30 p.m. to place a sign near the Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center in Silver Spring. A park police officer pulled up and started confronting the man, yelling that the man “had no business being here.” He continued yelling until his partner looked down at the sign.

The officer then realized it was County Executive Isiah Leggett.

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Local residents rally for Brown and Garner

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Ferguson people standing along streetROCKVILLE – More than 160 local residents, including County Executive Ike Leggett,  showed up here Sunday to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Unlike some of the protests across the nation, the Montgomery County affair was decidedly peaceful.

Local representatives of the local NAACP organized the protest march and coordinated the effort with county police.  “Taking It To The Streets: Every Life Matters!” protesters met at the Carver Educational Services Center on Hungerford Drive and then marched to the County Executive Office building chanting slogans heard during similar protests across the country: “Hands up don’t shoot!” and “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!”

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