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UPDATED: Police officer shoots and kills man in Silver Spring

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In a statement earlier today, Montgomery County Police identified Anand Badgujar as the police officer that shot and killed an unarmed African-American man Monday afternoon in Silver Spring.

Badgujar is a two-year veteran of Montgomery County Police and currently assigned to the patrol division for the 3rd district. He has been placed on paid administrative leave during this investigation, as is standard protocol.

Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said after the shooting that Badgujar had just finished responding to what was possibly a 911 call when he encountered an African-American man, later identified as 41-year-old Robert Lawrence White, in the 9200 block of Three Oaks Drive, and attempted to speak to him. According to Manger, the man then became “combative and a physical altercation occurred.”

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Chief Manger receives award

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J. Thomas MangerChief Thomas Manger COURTESY PHOTOThe County Police Chief on Monday received recognition from the Anti-Defamation League for his years of distinguished public service, with the ADL William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Service Award.

“Chief [J. Thomas] Manger’s commitment to the highest ethical standards, to transparency, and accountability, and to building a department that reflects the diversity of the community it serves has fostered trust throughout the country,” said Adam Gerry, who presented Manger with the award.  “He is nationally recognized for his work building bridges with the Muslim and immigrant communities.”

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A storm of bullets

20171206 095558Have you ever been caught unexpectedly in a downpour without your umbrella? Of course you have. We all have.
Now imagine that you are attending an open air concert and the skies open up but instead of being drenched with rain you are caught in a hailstorm of bullets coming from above. That is what happened several weeks ago at a concert in Las Vegas to hundreds of concert goers resulting in the slaughter of 58 innocent music lovers and the wounding of another 500.
Add to this catastrophe the slaughter of some 26 innocent church goers in Sutherland Springs, Texas during Sunday morning services as the walls of their church were riddled with bullets and you have the beginning of a long-awaited dialogue in Congress to finally do something to stem the tide of unfettered gun violence in this country.
On December 6th the Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing to discuss the merits of two gun safety bills.

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Prosecutors consider additional charges in Wallen murder

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Prosecutors in the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office are determining whether a 33-year-old Damascus man charged with killing his girlfriend Labor Day weekend can also be charged with killing the woman’s unborn child.

Olney resident Laura Elizabeth Wallen, 31, was four months pregnant when she was killed, family members said.   The Damascus man accused of her murder, Tyler Tessier, 33, is believed to be the father.

Montgomery County Police charged Tessier Sept. 13 with the first-degree murder of Wallen. If Tessier is found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. However, the Montgomery County state prosecutor's office has not ruled out requesting a sentence that would allow for consideration of parole. 

"We have not made that decision yet," Korionoff said. 

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Three men held without bond in Northwest HS murders

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NW HS murder suspectsArrested Saturday in connection with the murders of two Northwest High School students, (pictured left to right) suspects Edgar Garcia-Gaona, Jose Canales-Yanez and Roger Garcia will be held without bond. COURTESY PHOTO  ROCKVILLE – The three men police arrested and charged Saturday night in connection with the murder of two Northwest High School students are to be held without bond after a bond hearing Monday.

Montgomery County District Court Judge John C. Moffett decided that Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez , 25, and Roger Garcia, 19 are to be held with no bond. Garcia-Gaona, CanalesYanez and Garcia are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and multiple counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection to the murders of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov.

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County leaders urge vigilance to help quell hate crimes

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Representatives from the County police, FBI, U.S. Department of Justice and the Anti-Defamation League urged everyone who attended a Hate Crime Prevention Forum on Monday to take pictures and call police every time they see any incidents of hate, no matter how minor the incident.

“Everyone’s got a phone. Record it,” urged County Police Chief Tom Manger. Send a message that hate is not welcome here, he said.

“We need help from citizens so we can get in front of it before it becomes a crime,” added Gordon Johnson, special agent from the Baltimore office of the FBI.

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Manger talks about building trust at Montgomery College

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ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said County police have about 500,000 contacts with the public every year, and each one has the potential to go awry.

“What I tell my cops is that every single one of those contacts can either contribute and build trust, or it can damage trust,” Manger said.

Last week Manger and Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard sat down for a discussion at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus to discuss relations between police and the community. Manger talked about the struggles to build trust with the community and the potential for unrest in the County.

“Ferguson can happen anywhere, you have to pay attention to the relationship that the police department has with the community,” Manger said.

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Hate crimes in the county

 

 

Hate Crime Forum 2Fred Davis, Hessie Harris, Daryl Davis, Brian Karem, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger and Ron Halber at the forum on hate crimes. PHOTO BY MARK POETKERMonday night the Montgomery County Sentinel sponsored a community forum on the subject of hate crime.
We invited civic leaders, county council members, our local police chief and someone from the Help Save Maryland organization.
This prompted telephone calls, some our office manager deemed “harassing” and several emails – one of which said that in tolerant Montgomery County we could not tolerate an organization like Help Save Maryland.

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