Marilyn J. Mosby

In Baltimore, police face pressure to halt violence and heated scrutiny of arrests

In Baltimore, police face pressure to halt violence and heated scrutiny of arrests

In the middle of an East Baltimore street, three police officers struggled to subdue an alleged drug dealer as a gathering crowd screamed objections and recorded the officers’ every move.

A video of the incident last week quickly racked up tens of thousands of views on Facebook. The footage shows an officer pushing the man’s chest onto the pavement and placing a knee on his lower back.

Forty-seven-year-old Curtis Myers twists his body in protest.

“Yo, get off my stomach,” Myers says, and the crowd erupts: “Get off his stomach!” “He can’t breathe!”

By the time the confrontation was over, one officer had a dislocated shoulder and two men were arrested — Myers on...

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