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Lawsuit filed against Anne Arundel County Police Department

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 18:31:18-04

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — Changes are expected in the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

County Executive Steuart Pittman said executive orders would be issued on some police policies and a spokesman said it's expected to happen next week.

Daniel Jarrells recently filed a lawsuit against the department.

The suit claims he was stopped without probable cause and the officers who arrested him violently tackled him and knelt on his neck as he lay on the ground in handcuffs.

Video provided by his lawyers shows the arrest, that incident is now being investigated by the county.

"My committment is to do something different with that internal investigation, allow more of the public to see what's going on and use that as the pilot for doing civilian review so this shows us and the community can see how an investigation works," said Pittman.

A police report says Jarrells did not pull over for officers. They put him in the patrol car and the report says Jarrells began kicking the window attempting to break it.

The report says officers took him out of the car and put him on the ground to control him as he flailed around. Charges have since been dropped against Jarrells.

One of the officers named in the suit is currently suspended, but the department can't comment on pending litigation.

Earlier this week chief Tim Altomare announced he was retiring on august 1.

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He has been the chief of that department since 2014..

In an letter to the Capital Gazette about his decision he said:

"There is a remove the teeth of the police. It is wrong and will have grave and lasting effects...”