A key witness in a case against two Baltimore City police officers is the target of an incident involving a dead rat left on the windshield of his car, the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team has learned.
The witness is himself a city police officer. The witness was the whistle-blower providing key testimony against Sgt. Marinos Gialamas and Officer Anthony Williams, who told jurors what really happened, he said, after a drug suspect was caught.
According to prosecutors, the sergeant and officer took the drug suspect out of a police van after he had been arrested, and then assaulted him inside a house on Prentiss Place in east Baltimore. The house belonged to the girlfriend of Williams, who showed up off-duty and took part in the assault. The key witness in the case, Officer Joe Crystal, was also on the scene that night.
The 11 News I-Team has learned Crystal was the victim in an incident summarized in a police report from Baltimore County: “Unknown subject had put a dead rat on the windshield.”
Crystal told the county officer that “officers within the Baltimore City Police Department are not happy with him … think he is the person responsible for talking to the State’s Attorney’s Office.”
The rat incident happened just after Gialamas and Williams were indicted in 2012.
Cecily McMillan, 25, was beaten, suffered a seizure and has photographic evidence that she was sexually assaulted at the hands of the New York Police Department. But it is McMillan who began pre-trial hearings this week and is facing two to seven years in prison.
It’s one of the last Occupy-related felony cases still in court. Officer Grantley Bovell says McMillan struck his face during an Occupy Wall Street protest two years ago. However, as jury selection is set to begin on March 3 in McMillan’s felony assault trial, there’s new information that casts doubt on the credibility of her accuser.
McMillan is a former Occupy activist, but her defense team says she was not in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to protest when she arrived just after midnight on March 18, 2012. A demonstration marking the six-month anniversary of the movement was winding down. She was meeting friends and planned to head out from the park to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Police began violently dispersing the crowd. McMillan felt a hand grip her right breast from behind, and before she realized it was a policeman who had grabbed hold of her, involuntarily whipped out her arm and struck Officer Bovell in the face.
These photo’s were taken at The Institute of Family Health in Manhattan, shortly after McMillan was released from NYPD custody, and sent out this week by supporters acting on her behalf. They show the injuries McMillan says were inflicted by Officer Bovell and those who assisted him in aggressively arresting her. Her legal counsel says the bruise on her right breast was left there by Bovell.
Minutes later, a group of NYPD officers stood over McMillan, whose hands were cuffed behind her, and watched as she suffered a seizure. Approximately 15 to 20 minutes passed before an ambulance took McMillan away. Bystanders captured video of the incident on their cellphones.
NSA chief Keith Alexander says journalists who air the U.S. government’s dirty laundry “have no standing” and “should be stopped”.