New details on shooting of unarmed black man emerge

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A source close to the investigation has told the Sentinel that the encounter that led to the June 11 officer-involved shooting was initiated by Montgomery County Police Officer Anand Badgujar.

On June 11, Badgujar, 32, shot and killed 41-year-old Robert Lawrence White, an unarmed African-American man from Silver Spring. Badgujar was responding to a separate 911 call when he saw and approached White.

While police released some details of the incident, Montgomery County Police have not answered questions about some of the other details, and have refused to release the 911-call and body-camera footage.


Unarmed Black Man Shot Dead

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Police officer placed on leave after 41-year-old with previous mental health issues killed

Officer Anand Badgujar.  COURTESY PHOTOOfficer Anand Badgujar. COURTESY PHOTO  Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger placed Officer Anand Badgujar – a two year police veteran – on paid administrative leave this week after the officer apparently shot and killed an unarmed 41-year-old African American man in Silver Spring Monday afternoon.

Police identified the victim as Robert Lawrence White. As recently as November 2015 a local district court judge committed White to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “examination as to competency to stand trial” in a misdemeanor trespassing case.

The court found “good cause to believe the defendant may be incompetent to stand trial” per an evaluation by the pretrial supervision unit.

The Sentinel has requested a copy of the findings from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene following the court ordered evaluation. The report was not made available by press time.

Badgujar, 32, is a former sergeant on the Baltimore police force where he served for five years. He is currently assigned to the Montgomery County Police Department’s 3rd District patrol division.


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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PencilPaperIn Missouri this week law enforcement officers lobbed tear gas canisters and shot rubber bullets at enraged protesters after police shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in suburban St. Louis.

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