Monthly Archives: Jun 2015

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Former Baltimore City Cop Michael A. Wood Jr. Joins The Derek Hunter Show

Source: WBAL

Former Baltimore City Police Officer Michael Wood Jr., who gained national notoriety after he began tweeting all the injustices he saw as a cop in Baltimore, joined the show to discuss his tweets and what needs to be done to fix the corruption within the department.

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An interview with the Baltimore cop who’s revealing all the horrible things he saw on the job

Source: The Washington Post

On Wednesday, a former Baltimore Police Department officer named Michael Wood caused a stir online when he began tweeting some of the horrible things he claims to have seen during his 11 years on the job. I spoke with Wood Wednesday afternoon for a phone interview. Here’s a transcript, interspersed with some of Wood’s tweets.

Balko: So how long were you a cop in Baltimore? When and why did you leave?

Wood: Eleven years. I joined in 2003. I was a sergeant when I retired. I started by walking the Western District on foot. That’s where Freddie Gray was killed. That was my first beat. I also worked in the Southern and Northern districts for a while. Then I was promoted to the Violent Crime Division. I did street work with a narcotics division for six months. Then I was promoted to Major Crimes. I left in January 2014 due to a shoulder injury. I wish I could say my injury came with an interesting story, but it’s pretty boring.

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Former Baltimore Police Officer Michael A Wood Jr publicly blows the whistle on police corruption

Source: The Independent

A former Baltimore police officer has taken to Twitter to publicly blow the whistle on incidents of corruption and inappropriate behaviour that he saw during his police career.

Michael A Wood Jr is a former officer with the Baltimore Police Department and former United States Marine, who yesterday announced he would “start tweeting the things I’ve seen and participated in, in policing that is corrupt, intentional or not.”

His long list of allegations against Baltimore’s police sheds new light on a force that has come under harsh criticism recently due to the death of Freddie Grey, who died while being transported to a police station after being arrested on 12 April.

 

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Slapping random strangers, kicking suspects in the face, and sh***ing on beds during home raids: The shocking abuses cops commit on the job, retired Baltimore officer claims

Source: DailyMail

A retired Baltimore police officer has described the shocking abuses he claims to have seen other cops commit on the job.
Michael A Wood, 35, alleges he saw detectives kick suspects in the face, urinate on their beds during home raids, and illegally search people with no justification on a daily basis.

The allegations came in a slew of tweets on Wednesday as the former Marine slammed America’s ‘corrupt’ policing system.
And he promised followers this is just the start: ‘I’ll do some each day so that we have time for [questions], reflections, and improvement inbetween (sic). The light of transparency will clean us up.’

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Interview: Michael Wood Jr. explains what he saw

Source: WBALTV.com

Michael Wood Jr. is a former sergeant with the Baltimore City Police Department. In the past two days, he has tweeted a string of cases of misconduct that he said he witnessed during his time with the department.

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Baltimore’s police brutality nightmare: Former officer tweets examples of corruption & misconduct he saw

Source: Salon

Twitter has served as mobilizing tool for marginalized activists who have used the social media platform to amplify isolated stories of police brutality until a clear narrative of systemic injustice has become undeniable (the #blacklivesmatter movement certainly was most helpful).

Now, one former police officer has taken to Twitter to tell his side of the story.

Michael A. Wood is a retired detective in the Baltimore Police Department’s violent crime division and founder of the Police Leadership Association, a group that publishes educational handbooks meant to serve as the “single resource for career development for law enforcement officers and supervisors.” He began tweeting Wednesday about things he had “seen & participated in, in policing that is corrupt, intentional or not.”

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