This happened in 2006 but worth posting....
This was bad but things are worse now.
Joshua Kelly and Llara Brook, of Chantilly, Va., got lost leaving an Orioles game on Saturday, ending up in a dangerous part of town. A Baltimore City police officer arrested them for trespassing on a public street while they were asking for directions .
"In jail for eight hours -- sleeping on a concrete floor next to a toilet," Kelly said.
"It was a nightmare," Brook said. "I was in there thinking I was just dreaming and waiting to wake up."
The couple went to a company picnic and watched the Orioles beat Kansas City. It was their first trip to Camden Yards and asked two people for directions to Interstate 95 South when they left.
Somehow they ended up in the Cherry Hill section of south Baltimore, an area that is not safe. Lost and afraid, they were relieved after spotting a police vehicle.
"I said, 'Thank goodness, could you please get us to 95?" Kelly said.
"The first thing that she said to us was no -- you just ran that stop sign, pull over," Brook said. "It wasn't a big deal. We'll pay the stop sign violation, but can we have directions?"
"What she said was 'You found your own way in here, you can find your own way out.'" Kelly said.
The couple spotted another police vehicle and flagged that officer down for directions. But the first officer, Natalie Preston, a six-year veteran of the force, intervened.
"That really threw us for a loop when she stepped in between our cars," Kelly said. "(She) said my partner is not going to step in front of me and tell you directions if I'm not."
The circumstances got worse after Kelly pulled 40 feet forward parking next to a curb and put his flashers on while Brook was on the phone to her father hoping he could help her with directions. Both her parents are police officers in the Harrisburg, Pa., area.
"(Brook's father) was in the middle of giving us directions when the officer screeched up behind us and got out of the car and asked me to step out. I obeyed," Kelly said. "I obeyed everything -- stepped out of the car, put my hands behind my back, and the next thing I know, I was getting arrested for trespassing."
"By this time, I was completely in tears," Brook said. "I said, 'Ma'am, you know, we just need your help. We are not trying to cause you any trouble. I'm not leaving him here.' What she did was walk over to my side of the car and said, 'Ok, we are taking you downtown, too.'"
Collins said the couple was released from jail without being charged with anything. Brook is now concerned the arrest may complicate a criminal background check she's going through in her job as a child care worker.
Collins said police left Kelly's car unlocked and the windows down at the impound lot. He reported a cell phone charger, pair of sunglasses and 20 CDs were stolen.
Baltimore City police said they are looking into the incident.
See video: http://mfile.akamai.com/12903/wmv/vod.ibsys.com/2006/0517/9230651.200k.asx
Having served as an Ohio Peace Officer this true story really galls me. First of all when one enters the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council Academy you are taught to preserve and protect for peace in the community of which one serves. Yes one must arrest when someone is truelly breaking the law of the land.
These two teens had just enjoyed a simple baseball game and were attempting to get home and out of a gang-land area just outside of Baltimore's ballfield "Camden Yards".
My guess is they were nervous and blew the stop sign because of this. Well first of all I would have probably given them a warning if no life or limb or property damage was involved and then directions to the Interstate.
Yes, a stop was fine for the stop sign, but incarceration and being treated like a common criminal was NOT to say the least! This tragic harrassment was WAY OUT OF LINE for these Baltimore Cops.
This is the NWO gestapo's skewed line of thought! I would drop a law suit on the Baltimore PD for this kind of crap in a heartbeat!
Our inner-cities have become havens for just about anything including being arrested and jacked around for being a white-caucasian. Talk about profiling well this is white profiling people. I'm writing the chief of police, and I don't give a damn if this happened 4 yrs. ago. This GARBAGE MUST STOP IN AMERICA!
A former Ohio Peace Officer