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Maryland police shoot 15 civilians, but the only cop prosecuted is the one who killed a puppy

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In an article dated July 2013, I described how police in Montgomery County Maryland, a D.C. Suburb, shot 14 individuals and killed 9 over the prior three years (

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This included killing a man with an ice pick, killing a man threatening suicide and killing a robbery suspect after a hostage escaped. Of the 14 shootings, police were not criminally charged in any of the incidents.

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Since then, in Nov 2013, 7 Montgomery County police officers shot and killed a man armed with an AR 15 assault rifle, after police attempted to negotiate with the man for 12 minutes (

While Montgomery County failed to prosecute a single police officer for the shooting of civilians in at least 15 incidents, in October 2014 a Baltimore police officer was sentenced in Montgomery County to 12 months in prison for killing a puppy. It is likely he was prosecuted because his "crime" occurred outside the course of official duty (

Meanwhile, in neighboring Fairfax County Virginia, local police have refused to cooperate with a federal investigation of the killing of an unarmed man by a Fairfax police officer. County police have refused to disclose the name or rank of the officer involved in the shooting (

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If police and prosecutors act as if they are above the law, the Supreme Court bears some responsibility for this.

As I wrote in May 2013:

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