Accusations Of Excessive Force Prompt Investigation Into Teen's Arrest At Baltimore County Library


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BALTIMORE COUNTY - An investigation is underway regarding the arrest of a 15-year-old at the Woodlawn location of the Baltimore County Public Library following accusations of excessive force by law enforcement.

According to police, two officers responded to the library last Thursday at 2:18 p.m. for reports of a trespasser. Police said a teenager was taken into custody for trespassing and subsequently released into the care of a parent.

Salaam Ismial, who heads the National United Youth Council Inc., a New Jersey-based advocacy group for youth and families, documented the encounter. He captured images and video showing the teen being restrained by the officers and later posted the content on social media. Ismial has also filed an official complaint with the police, 11 News reports.


The Baltimore County Police Department confirmed that the Internal Affairs Division is investigating the incident.

As part of recently implemented state reforms in Baltimore County, a civilian oversight committee now reviews all public complaints against the police department's internal investigations.

This Administrative Charging Committee assesses whether the officers have violated departmental policies and suggests appropriate disciplinary measures. This committee also has the authority to direct a case back to the police for further scrutiny.

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