A Black high school principal accused a Baltimore County Police officer of degrading and humiliating him while he and his son were watching an arrest last month.
Vance Benton, the principal of Patterson High School in East Baltimore, wrote a letter to county officials and the county’s police chief Melissa R. Hyatt, stating that he had never experienced an incident with such “disrespect and humiliation,” The Baltimore Sun reported.
In the letter, Benton, a principal at the school for over eight years, wrote that he was watching an arrest a block away from his home in Owings Mills, Maryland when an officer confronted him, even though he was not involved in the crime the police were investigating.
“The lives of innocent citizens, especially those that are African American, are in jeopardy if [the officer’s] innate racial biases and his belittling actions to ‘bait’ citizens into being arrested aren’t…
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