Trust building needed.

Police practices that include bias are problematic for a much needed building of trust in Annapolis Maryland neighborhoods. Implicit bias influences relationships between law enforcement and communities with a high minority presence, and studies show that this may be one factor that lead police to shoot more unarmed black suspects than white, and a reason why minority members are stopped more often by police. Police are dependent on community interaction to locate and arrest criminals, and if citizens do not trust police, an avenue toward safety has been reduced.


Profiling occurs when misguided police officers overstep their authoritative boundaries by seeking out individuals based solely on preconceived prejudicial judgments due to race, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status and violate their civil rights. Police acting on their implicit bias are those law enforcement individuals who automatically associate stereotypes to certain groups, allowing that to influence their behavior and respond in biased ways that may be exhibited in the use of extensive force.  Police departments are undergoing changes to address police behavior through de-escalation training and implicit bias training in Maryland toward the reduction of excessive force personal injuries and death.

De-escalation training is mandatory in Maryland.

The State of Maryland requires de-escalation training for their police officers and individual departments are accountable to the Police Training Commission for verification that these trainings occur.  The Department of Justice defines “de-escalation” as “the strategic slowing down of an incident in a manner that allows officers more time, distance, space and tactical flexibility during dynamic situations on the street.”  De-escalation training is one mechanism to decrease the instances of excessive force used in the field. Officers should make efforts to listen respectfully, control crowds, be courteous in hopes a criminal will follow suit, refrain from aggressive body language and offensive speech, and be swift in actions to diffuse the situation at hand without causing public humiliation.

Talk to a lawyer.

There are federal and state laws that insure remedy to individuals who have suffered the negative effects of police brutality.  If you feel you have been a victim of bias-based profiling and/or excessive force by a Police Officer in Annapolis Maryland, you should seek professional counsel at  Murnane & O’Neill Law Offices to see if you have an actionable case for damages.


A personal injury attorney can help with the assessment of damages that include hospital/medical expenses; past and future permanent disability payments; emotional distress including depression and anxiety; loss of enjoyment of life; physical pain and suffering; and loss of love and companionship due to a death or serious injury caused by police brutality through excessive force.


Murnane & O’Neill

Attorneys at Law

Phone (410) 761-6800 |

Fax (410) 761-0198
7425 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.
Glen Burnie, MD 21061




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