[Hpn] Feds probe alleged POLICE MISCONDUCT as Amnesty urges citizen oversight (fwd)

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Sun, 10 Jun 2001 15:24:41 -0700 (PDT)

http://newsfinder.arinet.com/fpweb/fp.dll/$stargeneral/htm/x_dv.htm/_ibyx/cg0302 6/_itox/starnet/_svc/news/_Id/722619363/_k/fa3FIoE2OESfNYp1 FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - June 08 2001 FEDS TO HEAR CITIZEN COMPLAINTS GREENBELT, Md. (AP) _ Amnesty International has invited investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice to hear complaints from Prince George's County residents about alleged police misconduct during three seminars this summer. The human rights group said Friday that the Amnesty-sponsored sessions will give residents a chance to add to the ongoing Justice Department investigation of alleged civil rights violations by the county force. A spokesman for the civil rights division of the Justice Department said the agency has yet to commit to the hearings. The federal probe began last November amid growing complaints about police brutality and other misconduct. Several county officers have gone on trial recently, including two involved in a canine attack on two homeless men in 1995. That trial ended in a hung jury. Amnesty also plans to collaborate with Pittsburgh's Citizen Police Review Board in an attempt to create some civilian oversight of the county police. Formed in 1997, the Pittsburgh board has the power to investigate alleged police misconduct. It also can subpoena officers and recommend disciplinary action. The Washington Post reported Friday that the FBI has opened an investigation of alleged confessions coerced by county homicide detectives. FBI spokesman Peter Gulotta said the agency will determine whether the civil rights of Keith Longtin, Corey Beale and Dennis Deonte Green were violated during marathon interrogations that led to their confessions. Charges against all three men, featured in a Post series on Prince George's police interrogation tactics, were later dropped. AP-ES-06-08-01 1547EDT Received Id AP101159E31C95D1 on Jun 08 2001 14:48 END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without charge or profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.** Visit HPN for CONSTANTLY UPDATING NEWS on Homeless People: *************************************************************** Over 10,000 articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people Been Homeless? Then JOIN! EMAIL Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***************************************************************