According to the statement, Brown had resisted going with the officers to headquarters. He is quoted as saying, “Why can’t you question me here?” and asking that one of his parents be present.
Police seemed not to take “no” for answer. When Brown resisted accompanying the detectives to headquarters, the police statement says they moved to take him into custody.
I’ve spoken with people who know quite a bit more about the law than I do. They’ve raised the question of what grounds police would have at that point – before the alleged shove – to arrest Brown. If there wasn’t an arrest warrant for Brown – and the police report makes no mention of him being served with one – then what had he done to compel his arrest?
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I'm guessing police might make a case that grounds existed to detain Brown based on reasonable suspicion of his involvement in the Baltimore case. I don't know what his involvement is alleged to be -- or whether this would warrant detaining him.
We don’t know much yet about the Baltimore shooting because the investigation is still ongoing. But it’ll be interesting to see how Brown’s assault case plays out.
How are Maryland's 2014 basketball commitments faring at the Reebok Breakout Classic in Philadelphia?
Matt Bracken: If the beginning of the July open period has taught us anything about Maryland's 2014 basketball recruiting class, it's probably this: there is nothing at all fluky about Melo Trimble's game. The Bishop O'Connell combo guard has been one of the top players thus far at the Reebok Breakout Classic in Phildelphia, continuing an outstanding year that has already seen him dominate the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and play well for D.C. Assault on the spring circuit.
Through four games in Philly, Trimble is averaging 15.3 points, shooting 51 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range. His top highlight so far was a 20-point performance where he shot 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.
Alex Schwartz, president of the excellent hoops scouting blog/service Northstar Basketball, has been on hand for all the action in Philly, and like most other analysts, has come away impressed after watching Trimble.
"Watching Melo, I happened to see his team play three times," Thursday, Schwartz said. "I’m sure he missed shots, but I just don’t remember them. He’s an elite, elite-level shooter. He’s one of the best shooters in the country. I really think he’s probably, at this point, better suited as a 2-guard who can help out and run the offense. He’s a shooter – that’s the primary aspect of his game. He has a really good frame, which helps him as well. I think he’ll continue to develop and do a little bit more at the rim. His shot is just so good right now and he really understands [how to score]. He’s just a very, very lethal player beyond the arc. If you give him space, he’ll make you pay."
Though Trimble has tried over the past couple years to transition to the point, Schwartz thinks the future Terp is "a natural 2" who "can help at the point." With Roddy Peters coming in this year, that's probably not a bad thing for Maryland -- having a capable ballhandler whose best asset is simply making shots. While Schwartz acknowledged that Trimble, at 6 feet 2, might be "smaller than what you'd like from a prototypical Big Ten 2-guard," his shooting compensates for that, as well as a thicker frame that should allow him to "come in and play quite a bit" as a freshman.
Jared Nickens is also in Philly for the event, and while his play has been less consistent than Trimble's, the 6-foot-6 wing has opened some eyes.
"I saw Jared play [Thursday night] in one of the last games of the night," Schwartz said. "His shot wasn’t really falling, but the thing I like about him is his progression as a player. I know he can shoot. That’s not a question. If his shot is not falling, that happens. But he moves without the ball so much better. He’s finding space in the open floor, cutting … and getting more comfortable attacking the basket. Talent isn’t necessarily the question. It’s just putting those things together, working on his passing game. He’s putting it all together. His handle is better. It’s really improving."
Nickens is averaging 9.3 points on 34 percent shooting (30 percent from 3-point range). His top game was an 18-point performance where he shot 4-for-7 from deep. Schwartz expects Nickens to get minutes as a freshman, but the lanky 3 still needs to add weight and strength. The most notable takeaway Schwartz had from watching Nickens is that he "keeps adding pieces to his offensive arsenal."
Schwartz also had a chance to check out one of Maryland's top post targets for 2014. Chinanu Onuaku -- who was profiled this week by InsideMDSports for this blog -- lived up to his reputation as a legitimate big man whose defensive game is further along than his offense.
"He has the size, 6-10, 6-11, and obviously it’s tough to beat that," Schwartz said. "He’s got a really good body with a good frame. He’s not just one of those tall kids that is real overweight or too thin. He’s got a good frame. He’s an active kid, especially offensively around the rim. He’s maybe not overly skilled right now, but it looks like he has the ability to pick it up at that level. ... I see a guy who has the ability to keep improving and he definitely showed some nice athleticism. He has been one of the better big men."