Death of Middle River man Tawon Boyd after police confrontation ruled accidental

The death of a Middle River man days after an encounter with Baltimore County police and fire personnel in September has been ruled accidental.

Tawon Boyd, 21, called 911 for help on Sept. 18 and ended up in a physical struggle with police officers.

He died at a hospital three days later, and his family has questioned how first responders handled the situation.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Boyd’s death was likely caused by drugs. Boyd died Sept. 21 after suffering multiple organ failure, examiners wrote in an autopsy report.

“It is unlikely that restraint by law enforcement caused or significantly contributed to his death based on the reported circumstances and timeline of the restraint,” examiners wrote. “Since his death most likely followed from complications of intoxication with a drug (N-Ethylpentylone), the manner of death is best certified as accident.”

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration classifies N-Ethylpentylone as a type of synthetic cathinone. Synthetic cathinones, commonly referred to as “bath salts,” are unregulated, mind-altering substances, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner issued the ruling this month, spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said.

County police and fire officials declined to comment Wednesday.

Baltimore attorney A. Dwight Pettit, who is representing Boyd’s family, said questions remain about the medical care provided by emergency personnel. He said he plans to have an independent expert review Boyd’s autopsy report and  hospital records.York, Pa. man charged in three separate Baltimore killingsCourt officials considered contempt for 'Serial' producers for airing courtroom audio

“We think that there’s obviously something wrong here, beyond question, that somebody that calls to reach out for help ends up dead,” Pettit said.

Pettit said witnesses described Boyd as suffering “some kind of emotional or psychotic episode.”

Officers called to Boyd’s home on Akin Circle about 3 a.m. Sept. 18 said they found him sweating heavily and appearing confused and paranoid. His girlfriend said he had been drinking and smoking marijuana and was acting “crazy.”

When officers tried to talk to Boyd, they said in a police report, he began screaming and tried to get into police cars. He yelled, “Help, call the police!”

Officers said Boyd did not comply with their orders. They forced Boyd to the ground and restrained him.

One officer punched him twice in the face as Boyd held onto him, police said. Officers called medics to the home.

Medical examiners said the emergency workers believed Boyd was in an “excited delirium state” and administered the antipsychotic medication Haldol.

Boyd calmed down, but then went into cardiac arrest, examiners said. He was revived by cardiopulmonary resuscitation and taken to the hospital.

Scans of Boyd’s head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis did not show any fractures, examiners said.

“[Boyd’s] presentation in an excited delirium-like state with subsequent cardiac arrest likely developed as a consequence of intoxication with N- Ethylpentylone,” examiners wrote.

No officers were wearing body cameras during the encounter, police have said.

Copyright © 2016, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication

Loyola Blakefield is offering scholarships for sons of active duty police officers


High School Scholarships for Sons of Active Duty Police Officers
Loyola Blakefield is pleased to announce that we are offering scholarships for sons of active duty police officers. The scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to two students entering 9th grade in the fall of 2017. The scholarship award is committed to the student for each of his four years at Loyola. The award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of men and women who serve their community and our nation.
Who is eligible? All sons of full-time active duty police officers in the region.
How do I apply? You must first submit an application for enrollment to Loyola Blakefield online at Once your application is submitted, you may express interest in the scholarship online at
Am I still eligible for other forms of scholarship or financial aid? Yes. This scholarship may be in addition to other need-based financial assistance or merit scholarships.
About Us Loyola Blakefield, a Catholic, college preparatory school, established by the Jesuits and imbued with the spirit of Ignatius Loyola, forms men to serve with and for others. The Loyola student is preparing to graduate as a man of integrity, who, because he strives “to find God in all things,” is open to growth, intellectually ambitious, religious, loving, and committed to diversity and doing justice.

FOP Free College Benefit

The Board of Trustees of the Fraternal Order of Police has approved a great new benefit for our members and their families. FREE COLLEGE!

Members of the FOP and their spouse, their children and their grandchildren can earn a community college education online, simply as a benefit of membership in the Fraternal Order of Police. There is no cost, and no need to dig out of your own pocket to enroll online in Eastern Gateway Community College, a public, non-profit college in Ohio. Your academy training and law enforcement training may qualify for credits as well!

You can get more information, and even enroll in EGCC through the FOP’s Free College Benefit, at Interested students must complete an application to EGCC, as well as submit the Free Application for Federal Student aid and apply any grants to the tuition and fees charged by EGCC. The next quarter at Eastern Gateway Community College begins on January 17th with an enrollment deadline of January 10th, so do not wait too long to take advantage of this great new benefit!

Please go to and share the post about this tremendous benefit. Please also share this email with your FOP Brothers and Sisters and with your law enforcement contacts to help spread the word about this great new benefit of membership.

We hope this new benefit of membership helps our local lodges attract new members and reward our existing members. This is just one more reason to be a member of the best law enforcement organization in the country!

Chuck Canterbury

President, National Fraternal Order of Police


FOP Lodge #4 Tumblers are Available


These tumblers were a big hit at this years FOP golf tournament and we have received many requests for more. Because of so many requests we have ordered and received a limited supply just in time for Christmas. We have 20 & 32 ounce Hercules Tumblers available here at the lodge office for $10 (20 oz) and $15 (32 oz).

Baltimore County Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees Election Results

On November 7, 2016 the results of the election for positions on the Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees for the next 4 year term beginning in December were announced.

There were six active members nominated for two positions. All County employees who are members of the ERS are eligible to vote:

David Rose            931
Mick Day               801
John Ripley              746
Whitney Tantleff    400
Graceann Rehbein  216
Vishnubhai Desai   145

There were two people nominated for one retired member. All retired county members of the ERS are eligible to vote:

Cole Weston   1,653
Ed Adams           1,051

Bold type denotes the winners who will sit as members for the next 4 years


Security Job Opening at Northwest Hospital

Northwest Hospital is looking for Baltimore County Police Officers to work security on Saturdays and Sundays 7pm-3am for $27 per hour.

See job announcement

2016 Executive Board of Directors Election Results

Below are the results of the 2016 election for the Executive Board of Directors and Delegate to the 2017 National Conference.  The term for the Executive Board of Directors begins in December 2016 and expires in December 2018.

Chris Hodnicki was elected as a new member to the Executive Board. Congratulations!

Election Results

La Plata Police Department Position Announcement Police Captain

La Plata Police Department
Position Announcement
Police Captain
The Position: The La Plata Police Department is seeking a Police Captain to be an integral part of an active growing agency of one civilian and 18 sworn employees. The Department performs patrol, investigative, emergency management, and many other law enforcement functions. The agency also works closely with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police – La Plata Barrack.
The agency enjoys a very good relationship with Town residents, business owners, and home owner associations. Officers routinely attend neighborhood meetings, participate in special events hosted by the Town and supports a plethora of other events held by civic organizations, local businesses, non-profits, as well as other governmental partners.
The La Plata Police Department is dedicated to a community policing philosophy, which includes finding holistic solutions to both crime and quality of life issues. The agency also has numerous community policing initiatives that can be found on the agency’s website.
La Plata’s current population is estimated to be just under 10,000, with anticipated planned growth to approximately 25,000. In an effort to efficiently and effectively serve a growing population, the agency has entered into a contract with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Using the CALEA model of law enforcement’s best practices, the agency will have both short and long range plans to safely manage a growing populous.
The La Plata Town Council has made a significant investment in improving the agency’s technology capabilities, as well as other vital equipment. Recently, the agency replaced and/or upgraded its in-car cameras, computers, and computer programs and records management system. Although not implemented yet, officers will soon be equipped with personal body cameras.
The Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will demonstrate the highest level of integrity and be a part of a professional law enforcement management team in a growing community. The candidate must be able to work effectively to continuously improve police operations and public safety. The ideal candidate will be open and frank, a clear communicator to multiple audiences and be visible in the community.
The ideal candidate will earn the respect of staff, elected officials, Town management, members of the public, and colleagues in the law enforcement community. He/she will be skilled in all areas of police operations, crime prevention, patrol, investigations, administration, and emergency preparedness.
The ideal candidate will combine community policing, effective use of technology and partnering with other community and law enforcement organizations to provide the best services for residents and visitors to the Town.
The Requirements: La Plata seeks a skilled police professional with at least 60 credits from an accredited university in criminal justice, public administration or a related field, or who has an equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Graduation from the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute or equivalent are preferred qualifications. The candidate must hold or have the ability to hold a certification through the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.
The hiring range for the next Police Captain is $78,430 to $98,040 (maximum of range $117,645) and is supplemented by an outstanding benefits package.
The Application: Applicants are required to complete and submit a Town of La Plata employment application, which is available online at, a resume, cover letter and three (3) professional references with name and contact information. No professional references will be contacted until there is mutual interest. Required information may be mailed to Town of La Plata, P.O. Box 2268, La Plata, MD 20646. Attention should be drawn to Ms. Michelle Miner, Assistant Town Manager. An application package can also be emailed to with the subject line of Police Captain Applicant. Final filing date for the captain’s position is November 28, 2016.
To learn more about the La Plata Police Department visit the Town’s website at: Visit the Department’s Facebook page at: The Town of La Plata is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Thank you,
Nick Caprinolo


Donation Options for Strebe Family

Our family is overwhelmed with all of the love and support we’ve received over the past few days. We will never be able to thank all of you but we truly do appreciate everything. A lot of people have reached out to me for ways to help donate and there have also been a lot of fundraisers started. I set up this email account as a way to have all of the information in one place. The below options have all been verified by us (the Strebe family) and will be updated as needed.

Mailing Address for Cards and/or Donations: John Strebe PO Box 1001 Salem, MO 65560

Hospital Mailing Address for Cards, Stuffed Animals, Mylar Balloons, & Care Packages. (NO latex balloons or flowers):
If you have questions on what care package items are needed, feel free to send me an additional email.
Children’s Hospital of St. Louis
7th Floor PICU
Patient’s Name & Room Number  (Kirsten is #14 and Elias is # 15)
1 Children’s Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

PayPal Donations (Friends & Family Option Only Please):
Please reply to the message if you’d like the PayPal email address and your relationship with us. I will not be making that public as an extra step of security. At this time we do NOT have a StrebeStrong PayPal account.

GoFundMe Donations link (All updates will be posted here as well):

PayPal Donations (Friends & Family Option Only Please):
Please reply to the message if you’d like the PayPal email address and your relationship with us. I will not be making that public as an extra step of security. At this time we do NOT have a StrebeStrong PayPal account.

Strebe Strong Wrist Bands:
Please email your order to Ashleigh Layton at
Include your name, your address, how many wristbands you would like to order and what shipping method you would like to use. I will email you your order number, total due and a link to the Go Fund Me Strebe Strong Wristbands page for you to make payment. Please DO NOT make payment on this page unless you have received an email from me with an order number. NOTE: THIS link is a different link ONLY for wristband, DO NOT pay on the GO Fund me Strebe Family Expenses page

Purple or Orange Strebe Strong T-Shirts with their names:
Knights Kustom Apparel
404 West 4th Street
Salem, MO 65560
Phone: (573) 453-4676
Youth-XLG – $15
2XL – $17
3XL – $19
4XL – $20
Shipping $2 per shirt
Orders & Money Order Payments can be mailed to the address above or sent via PayPal to Please include your name, shipping address, phone number, tshirt size, and color.

Strebe Strong Thin Blue Line T-Shirts:
Black shirt (white text)
Adult SM to XL = $20 plus $5 shipping
Adult 2XL and Up = $22 plus $5 shipping
Youth SM to XL = $20 plus $5 shipping

T-Shirt Ordering Instructions:
1. Please send an email to:
3. Quantity and Sizes
4. Send a Payment via PayPal to
Prayer/Message Book:
As some of you know, we have a guest book at the hospital for all of the visitors to write in. I will also be creating another message book for them for those unable to visit or those who are but want to add to this book as well. Please email all messages to with the subject “MESSAGE BOOK” Every letter, note, picture received with that subject will be printed on decorative paper and placed into a scrapbook for them. Please be sure to use that subject only as every email coming in will be sent to it’s own folder so none get lost.

Thank you,
Katelyn Strebe


Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 Endorses the Sitting Judges

Sitting Judges

Judges who are appointed by the Governor undergo a rigorous evaluation process to determine whether they are qualified and suited to serve the citizens. Judge Keith Truffer and Judge Kathleen Cox were appointed after going through that process. The Executive Board of Directors and the membership of Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 have endorsed both of these to continue in their current positions. We are asking the members who live in Baltimore County not only to vote for both of these candidates but to as your family and friends to vote for them as well.

If anyone would like to volunteer as a poll worker on election day please contact the lodge office.

EEOC Files Appeal to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

The EEOC has filed an appeal of the decision of the Federal District Court in the pension system age discrimination case. In August District Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled that the county doesn’t have to pay back the workers who overpaid into the pension system. Baltimore Sun article

Notice of Appeal

Baltimore County police officer sues over alleged ADA violation

A Baltimore County police officer has filed suit against the county, alleging she was suspended after she refused to comply with unlawful orders to provide her private medical information and submit to mental health treatment.

Heather Flanary returned to full-duty work following a traumatic on-duty incident in 2013, according to her lawsuit, but has since faced a “relentless and escalating course of conduct” by the county and police department despite having been declared fit for duty multiple times after the incident.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, alleges violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Officer Flanary has been and continues to be targeted, harassed and threatened relentlessly with discipline and job loss, after returning successfully from a traumatic incident where she risked her life in the line-of-duty and resumed performance of her job with great commitment and distinction,” the complaint states. “Defendants’ discriminatory acts, illegal medical inquiries, and harassment have caused and continue to cause Officer Flanary great emotional distress and damage to her career.”

Ellen L. Kobler, a Baltimore County spokeswoman, said Thursday the county would not comment on pending litigation.

The 2013 attack did not leave Flanary physically injured but resulted in her partner shooting the attacker to prevent him from injuring her or seizing her weapon, according to the complaint. Flanary and two other officers were off duty for a week following the incident until they were cleared by the department’s contract psychologist to return to their regular patrol duties.

‘Stress reaction’

About two months later, Flanary experienced a “stress reaction” while she was at the police firing range, the lawsuit states. As a result, she was suspended, placed on administrative leave and ordered to submit to a fitness for duty evaluation. The contract psychologist deemed her unfit and recommended she engage in therapy and remedial work at the range.

Flanary complied, and her private psychologist later diagnosed her with a mild form of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the complaint. In January 2014, her psychologist told her the county had stopped paying his bills, so she initiated a worker’s compensation claim to continue coverage for her therapy, according to the complaint. She returned to full duty in March 2014 and completed her therapy treatment several months later, the suit states.

Later that year, she received a favorable performance evaluation, and in early 2015, both the department’s psychiatrist and a psychiatrist designated by her worker’s compensation attorney deemed her fit for duty.

The police department opposed Flanary’s worker’s compensation request at a hearing in June 2015 but the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled in her favor. But several months later, “out of the blue,” she was ordered to again submit to a fitness-for-duty examination, the lawsuit states. Flanary complied, fearing discipline if she disobeyed, despite knowing there was no basis for the “highly intrusive, stigmatizing” request, the suit states.

Flanary was declared fit for duty, but the county’s human resources office in November served her with an order from the county police chief requiring her to comply with certain recommendations by the department’s psychologist, including that she continue to attend therapy, the suit states.

Flanary acknowledged receiving the order but refused to authorize the department’s psychologist to discuss her treatment with her private therapist.

In January, the county ordered Flanary to comply with six mandatory conditions to continue work as a full-duty police officer. The conditions included providing contact information for her private therapist, as well as authorizing the therapist to give the county confidential medical information.

When Flanary refused to provide anything other than a letter confirming she had attended therapy sessions, she was assigned to desk duty, according to the complaint.

Flanary filed suit for emergency injunctive relief in February, and a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge entered a temporary restraining order barring enforcement of the department’s orders. She was assigned back to patrol the next day but was returned to desk duty once another judge dissolved the restraining order.

In August, she was suspended and assigned to civilian administrative duties.

The lawsuit seeks $400,000 in compensatory damages, as well as an injunction lifting the suspension, preventing the county from conducting further medical inquiries of Flanary related to the 2013 incident and preventing the county from compelling treatment as a condition of employment or full duty status.

Kathleen Cahill, a Towson solo practitioner representing Flanary, declined to comment Thursday.

The case is Heather Flanary v. Baltimore County et al., 1:16-cv-03422-CCB.

Motion for Preliminary Injunction      Complaint and Demand for Trial

Year over Year Complaint Comparison for Baltimore County Police

The chart below depicts the complaint comparison in a year over year format for Baltimore County Police officers.

Type of Complaint 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Citizen Complaints 127 109 126 124 89
Administrative Complaints 86 118 109 98 73
Total 213 227 235 222 162

Employment Opportunity : Police Assistants

The Baltimore County Police Department is looking for retired law enforcement/fire personnel who are interested in becoming part-time Police Assistants. All Police Assistants work 20-24 hours per week at a rate of $25.00 per hour. The process is currently open and additional details can be found at .

If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please have them apply on-line at the above site or contact the Baltimore County Police Recruitment Team at (410) 887-5542 for additional information.