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Public defender, suspects challenge use of force by Aberdeen Police, Harford sheriff's deputies

Public defender, suspects challenge use of force by Aberdeen Police, Harford sheriff's deputies

A Harford County public defender earlier this week argued for leniency in two cases in which he claimed area police unnecessarily used stun guns to subdue suspects.

Andrew Geraghty, the public defender, was successful in getting a reduced bail for an Edgewood man arrested by Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies, whom the man claim "whupped" him.

Geraghty did not have the same luck with a Baltimore man who said an Aberdeen police officer hit him twice with a Taser, prompting District Court Judge Mimi Cooper to express her own shock at the lawyer's plea to let the man leave jail, given the circumstances.

Dominique Akeem Johnson, 24, of the 2800 block of...

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