On October 5, the FOP filed a class grievance against Chief Sheridan and Baltimore County Office of Human Resources after they posted a job opening for the position of Police Officer Part-Time on the county website. The listing also contained a salary and job description. These items have to be negotiated with the FOP. A request to bargain also was sent to Chief Sheridan.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Baltimore County Government and the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 (FOP), specifically article 1 section 1.2 “Employee Defined” states “Whenever used in this MOU, the term “employee” shall mean all sworn personnel up to and including the rank of Lieutenant of the Police Department.”
Furthermore, article 1 section 1.1 “Union Recognition” states “The Administration recognizes the FOP as the exclusive representative of its employees as defined in Section in Section 1.2 of this article with respect to wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.”
Through the Police Officer Part Time position, the Department and the County are altering the negotiated terms and conditions of employment. It would also cause those hired in the position of part time police officer to be unrepresented should they be accused of any wrongdoing or sustain any liability.
On October 19, 2017, Chief Sheridan issued a correspondence denying the grievance and refusing to bargain.
Our appeal to step #3 was promptly filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings. That hearing was scheduled for November 1, 2017 at 1:30pm.
On October 30, 2017, Chief Sheridan issued a correspondence rescinding the position of “part-time police officer”. The posting has also been removed from the county website.
On October 31, 2017, President Weston responded in a correspondence to Chief Sheridan and the Office of Administrative Hearings that the FOP was withdrawing its request to bargain and the class grievance.
The Lodge regrets to announce the recent passing of Mrs. Joan Arlene Canter, the beloved mother of Captain Scott Canter. The Canter family will welcome guests honoring Joan’s life; viewing and service details are listed below. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers during this difficult time.
Friday October 13, 2017 2-4 and 6-8 pm Shimunek Funeral Home 9705 Belair Road Nottingham, MD 21236
Saturday October 14, 2017 Shimunek Funeral Home 9708 Bel Air Road 10 am
Followed by the Interment at
Parkwood Cemetery 3310 Taylor Ave Baltimore, MD 21234
The Lodge 12 regrets to announce the passing of Mrs. Eloise Jefferson Dade, the beloved mother of Sergeant Michael Dade #3694 of Shift 1. Mrs. Dade passed at home unexpectedly on Friday October 6, 2017. The Dade family will welcome guests to the Randallstown Vaughn Greene Funeral Home on Thursday October 12, from 1600-2000 hours. The Randallstown Vaughn Greene is located at 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown MD 21133. Funeral services will be held on Friday October 13, beginning at 1030 hours. Please keep Mike and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
|The following are the viewing, funeral arrangements and internment for PFC Kevin Loss;
Date: Thursday October 5th, 2017
Location: Rest Haven Cemetery 310 Westminster Avenue Hanover, Pa. 17331
Immediately following the burial, family and friends will be gathering at a place to be determined later. Information will be forthcoming.
Please keep Sister Stacy Loss and the Loss family in your thoughts and prayers.
Lieutenant Douglas J. McManus #3810
Assistant Precinct Commander
Baltimore County Police Department
Franklin Precinct- 03
606 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, Md 21136
On Friday, September 29, the Baltimore County Police Department held a promotional ceremony for the ranks of Colonel and Major at the Vista Room, 2200 York Road, 21093.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, and other local government representatives will be in attendance to congratulate the officers on their new assignments.
The following is the list of the promoted officers and their new assignments.
- Major Steven M. Hlavach will be promoted to the rank of Colonel and assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.
- Captain Andre K. Davis will be promoted to the rank of Major and is assigned to the Criminal Information and Analysis Division.
- Captain David J. Folderauer will be promoted to the rank of Major and is assigned to the Operations Bureau, Western Patrol Division.
- Captain Jay C. Landsman Jr. will be promoted to the rank of Major and is assigned to the Technical Services Division.
- Captain Robert O. McCullough will be promoted to the rank of Major and is assigned to the Operations Bureau, Executive Officer.
- Captain John J. McGann will be promoted to the rank of Major and is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau.
- Captain James P. Monahan will be promoted to the rank of Major and is assigned to the Internal Affairs Section.
The Lodge regrets to inform you of the passing of John Legambi, formerly of Western Traffic and Wilkens Precinct, on September 24, 2017.
John is the brother-in-law of Brother Brian Miller.
The viewing will take place on 9/29/17 2-4 pm & 6-7 pm at the Macnabb Funeral Home 301 Frederick Road Catonsville, MD 21228.
A funeral service will begin at 7 pm. A private graveside service will be held at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, Owings Mills at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross.
The Lodge extends its sympathy to the Legambi and Miller families.
It is with sadness that the K-9 Unit announces the passing of Mr. Raymond George Remmers, father of Police Officer First Class Brian Remmers. Mr. Remmers passed away suddenly on September 21, 2017.
A viewing is scheduled for Monday, September 25th from 7pm-9pm, and also on Tuesday, September 26th from 3pm-5pm & 7pm-9pm. The viewing will be at the Burrier Queen Funeral home located at 1212 West Old Liberty Road, Winfield, MD 21784.
The funeral service will be held at the Northwest Baptist Church located at 300 Westminster Pike, Reisterstown, MD 21136 at 10am on Wednesday, September 27th. A burial will immediately follow at the Lakeview Memorial Park located at 2724 Liberty Rd., Eldersburg, MD 21784.
It is with sadness that the Lodge regrets to announce the passing of Arthur “Art” Grossman, uncle of Ofc. Jonathan Schiner. Mr. Grossman passed away unexpectedly on 9-21-17.
The funeral will be held on Sunday September 24th at 1pm. It will be held at the Sol Levinson Chapel located at 8900 Reisterstown Rd 21208 followed by burial at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park located on Berrymans Lane in PC#3.
Family and friends are welcome and invited to attend the funeral, burial and to sit Shiva afterwards. This will be located at 3 Romney Ct Owings Mills, MD 21117.
The Lodge regrets to announce the passing of Paul Edward Stricker, the father of Detective Shannon Smith (Broccolina). Mr. Stricker passed away on 9/20/2017 after an eight year battle with lung cancer.
Viewings will be held at:
Rucks Funeral Home 5305 Harford Road Baltimore, MD 21214 Friday, September 22nd from 3-5pm and 7-9pm
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St Dominic Church; 5310 Harford Road – Baltimore, MD 21214 or the charity of your choice. Please keep Shannon and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
The Lodge regrets to announce the passing of Marie Irma Rainer, beloved wife of the late detective Sergeant Thomas Rainer (Sept 1982), one of the founders of the Pal Centers for our department, grandmother of Officer Megan Fumia of PC07 and her husband Cpl. Jeremy Fumia of PC12. She passed away on Sept 17, 2017.
Viewing will be held at Bruzdinski’s Funeral home located at 1407 Old Eastern Ave 21221 on Sept 21, 2017 from 3-7pm.
In Lieu of flowers, Megan asks that everyone does a random act of kindness today that leaves a lasting impression on someone in honor of her Mommom.
The Lodge extends its deepest condolences to Officer Kenneth Tilton #5467 and his family on the passing of his grandmother, Jane E. Tilton. Jane Tilton passed away on Friday 9/15/2017.
Viewings will be held at the Lemon Funeral Home located at 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Tuesday 9/19/2017 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm.
The Lodge extends its deepest condolences to Sgt. Rich Delea #2939 and his family on the passing of his Father, Michael F. Delea Jr. Michael Delea passed away on Wednesday 9/13/2017. Viewings will be held at the Mitchell Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road on Monday 9/18/2017 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm.
A Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday 9/19/2017 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Towson at 10:00am.
Please keep Rich and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
After deliberating for about 30 minutes Thursday, a Baltimore County jury acquitted a police officer accused of unlawfully kicking and spitting on a suspect during an arrest that was captured on video by a city police helicopter.
A group of jurors then waited outside the Towson courthouse to thank the officer, Christopher M. Spivey, for his service.
“It was hands down he was innocent,” said Cindy Blanchard, 51, of White Marsh.
Spivey, in turn, thanked the jurors.
Spivey, 29, was charged with four counts of second-degree assault, each carrying up to 10 years in prison, for allegedly kicking 20-year-old Diamontae Tyquan Farrar, who led police on a lengthy car chase in a stolen car on Jan. 25 and then fled on foot. Spivey was the first officer to catch up to Farrar.
A Baltimore police helicopter assisting in the pursuit captured the incident on video. The state’s attorney’s office alleged Spivey used excessive force, kicking Farrar as he got on the ground to surrender, and two more times as he was being handcuffed. Spivey was also accused of spitting on Farrar as he lay handcuffed on the ground.
Spivey said on the stand Wednesday that he feared Farrar might be armed, leading him to make a quick decision to run toward him and kick him to keep him from reaching for a possible gun or other weapon.
In closing arguments, Deputy State’s Attorney Robin S. Coffin questioned why the kicking wasn’t documented by police if it was necessary to arrest Farrar.
Spivey also denied spitting on the man.
Over three days of testimony, the state and the defense repeatedly showed the video captured by the city police helicopter that assisted in the chase. Two Baltimore officers, Edward Nero and John Bilheimer, testified that they were concerned about the video and felt compelled to report it to their supervisors. Nero was one of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Nero was acquitted last year, though he still faces a departmental hearing in that case.
Spivey’s attorneys made a point to slow the video down for jurors and give commentary.
“When you slow the video down, you can actually see what happened,” Blanchard, one of the jurors, said afterward.
The defense also called Charles “Joe” Key, an expert in police policy and procedures, who testified that Spivey acted as any “reasonable” officer would.
Another juror, Patty Wise, of Lansdowne said “I am very proud of this officer. He did what he was trained to do.”
Dr. Anand Dutta, 40, a physician from Cockeysville who also was on the panel, said jurors moved quickly after agreeing that the state lacked evidence. Dutta said the video of the incident provided an incomplete picture and that information from the officers on the scene was needed to get the full story. The defense called other officers at the scene who said they did not see Spivey spit on Farrar.
Spivey was suspended with pay for nine months before the trial and still faces an internal investigation.
“We certainly hope that in the future, [the state’s attorney’s office] will investigate these matters more thoroughly before they charge a good cop like Chris Spivey,” said his attorney, Brian Thompson.
He said the state’s attorney’s office wrongly based their investigation on a single video and cautioned that the rush to charge Spivey could deter county police officers from doing their job.
“I think we’ve all seen what’s happened in Baltimore City since the Freddie Gray case. The police have stopped policing, and who could blame them,” Thompson said.
David Rose, second vice president for the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4, expressed similar concerns, and said the state’s attorney’s office wil have to “regain some confidence with the troops at large.”
Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger defended his office’s actions in pursuing the case against Spivey.
“We felt like we had sufficient evidence based on the video alone,” he said.
Shellenberger said his office carefully evaluates cases involving officers.
“I take my responsibility to police the police very seriously,” he said. “Only twice in 10 years have we prosecuted a police officer for a crime. I think it’s a very important aspect of our job. I believe I owe it to the public in the cases that we think are sufficient to go forward to go forward.”
Spivey appeared relieved after the verdict, and hugged his attorneys in the courtroom. Outside, he thanked jurors for returning a favorable verdict.
They “very delicately looked at each of the facts and testimony,” he said.
Farrar was convicted of theft and attempting to elude police in the incident. He received a three-year sentence last month.