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City police union poised to help cover Tshamba's legal fees

The city Fraternal Order of Police union is a step closer to covering the legal costs for Officer Gahiji A. Tshamba, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Tyrone Brown. The FOP's Judicial Review Committee voted unanimously to recommend to the full board of directors that the union support Tshamba with legal coverage, president Robert F. Cherry told me in a text.

This is notable as there were rumblings that the union was leaning toward not helping him in that area. But it's common for the union to help officers in legal troubles with representation and fees (the union also recently voted to cover costs for three officers charged with abducting a teen and leaving him in Howard County with no shoes or cell phone). Many officers choose to go with the union's preferred counsel. Tshamba has two attorneys, Adam Sean Cohen (who referred to himself as "The Prodigy" on his firm's Facebook page) and James Rhodes, as of the last we heard.

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Tshamba remains held without bond after turning himself in early Sunday. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 13, though he will likely be indicted by a grand jury before then. 

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