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Keyword: disorderly conduct

UPDATE (Sunday, August 5, 2018 5:20 p.m.):

Police have identified the two adult suspects who were arrested during a large disturbance at White Marsh Mall last night.

Michael Jerard Forrester (19) of the 100 block of North Freemont Avenue, 21201 is charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Trespassing. He was released from commitment on a $1000 bond. 

Tyrell Davon Rigby (19) of the 2600 block of Mura Street, 21213 is charged with Disorderly Conduct, Failing to Obey a Reasonable & Lawful Order, Obstructing & Hindering and Trespassing. He was released from commitment on his own recognizance.

Police documents indicate that Forrester and Rigby were two members of a large group of juveniles and young adults that were fleeing the food court exit of the White Marsh Mall following a fight in the food court bathrooms. Both mall security officers and an off-duty Baltimore County Police officer working secondary employment for the mall responded to the food court. The large group was advised that they were no longer allowed on the mall property and ordered to leave. 

The group dispersed in various directions across the mall parking lot, but a smaller group, including Forrester and Rigby, attempted to circle back and re-enter the mall, where they were stopped by a mall security officer. When told they were not allowed to re-enter they became argumentative. The BCoPD officer reiterated that if they did not leave they would be trespassing, but they continued to be argumentative, using obscenities with the officer and refusing to leave the property. They drew the attention of a number of other patrons near the mall entrance and continued to refuse to leave, despite repeated requests and warnings from the BCoPD officer, who then attempted to escort Forrester and Rigby off of the property. Forrester turned and swung a fist, which was blocked by the officer, who then attempted to place him under arrest. A second BCoPD officer working secondary employment responded to assist with the arrest, but Forrester resisted, and the officers had to use physical force to place Forrester into handcuffs. 

During the process of arresting Forrester, a large group of youths surrounded the officers, yelling to incite further disorder and aggression. Orders to back up and disperse were given by the officers, but none followed the officer's directives. One of the officers sprayed pepper spray into the air, which immediately caused the crowd to disperse. The crowd failed to leave the property, causing traffic congestion as they walked on Ring Road and further disturbances in the mall parking lot. Some crossed over to The Avenue at White Marsh, where they were also ordered to leave due to the unaccompanied minor curfew policy.

Rigby was also ordered to leave the mall property and refused. When police advised him that he would be arrested for trespassing if he refused to leave, he again refused and placed his own hands behind his back. He was arrested without further incident.

Police records indicate that over thirty-six officers from four Baltimore County Police precincts, aviation, and officers from three different Maryland State Police Barracks responded to the scene. It took over an hour to restore order to the area, resulting in the arrests of Forrester and Rigby along with seven other juveniles.

Original Release (Saturday, August 4, 2018 10:30 p.m.):

Seven juveniles and two adults were arrested outside of White Marsh Mall just after 9 p.m. tonight following a large disturbance.

As an off-duty Baltimore County officer working secondary employment for the White Marsh Mall assisted mall security officers in moving large crowds of juveniles and young adults out of the mall and off of the property one group became hostile with the officers, culminating in one adult suspect attempting to punch the police officer. The officer was able to block the punch, but as he initiated an arrest for the assault the rest of the group surrounded the officer and mall security officers. The police officer sprayed pepper spray into the air in an effort to disperse the crowd. Groups of people began running away, causing additional disturbances. Some ran into Ring Road around the mall and began blocking the free flow of traffic. Other groups crossed Honeygo Boulevard to The Avenue at White Marsh, where there is a strict 9 p.m. curfew in place. Security at the Avenue began moving the youths off of their property, as well.

Officers from the White Marsh, Parkville, Essex and Dundalk precincts responded to assist in controlling and dispersing the crowds, as well as Maryland State Police from Golden Ring Barrack and BCoPD aviation. The crowd was successfully dispersed when a large group left the area on a public transit bus. At this time police continue to patrol and monitor the area while additional juveniles await rides home but the situation is now reportedly under control.

This incident resulted in the arrest of seven juveniles and one adult for disorderly conduct, and the initial arrest of the adult for assault on a police officer, second degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The arrestees could face additional charges.

Update, December 22, 2015, 5:15 p.m.

Police Chief Jim Johnson today decided temporarily to transfer the officer who used a closed fist to strike man who resisted arrest in Towson Saturday morning. The officer, assigned to the Towson precinct, will be moved from patrol to administrative duties. Given the controversy over this call and the fact that a review is under way, Chief Johnson said this is best for everyone, including the officer. 

Original release:

Baltimore County Police will review an incident involving a Towson officer and a 19-year-old man who resisted arrest when the officer attempted to charge him with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

Cell phone video taken by a bystander and circulated on YouTube shows three officers trying to place Zachary Carson Blumenstein of the 8400 block Ellingson Dr., Chevy Chase, under arrest. One of the officers strikes Blumenstein in the head several times as he resists.

BCoPD takes the use of force seriously and will review this incident for compliance with use of force training, Chief Jim Johnson said. Use of force training requires officers to use the least amount of force needed to bring a situation under control and to escalate the use of force based on circumstances. Johnson said that while it appears that the officer did escalate the use of force as required by BCoPD policy, he is concerned about the officer's use of a closed fist to strike the suspect several times. Johnson said he will look closely at the entire incident to evaluate this specific use of force. He said his initial reaction is that other techniques for achieving restraint and compliance could have been more effective at that moment in the altercation.

Officers faced with violent, chaotic situations often must use force to protect themselves and others.

Police and court records show that a BCoPD officer first approached Blumenstein about 40 minutes before the events depicted in the video, at 1:20 a.m. when they saw him engaged in a verbal disturbance in front of the The Greene Turtle, a bar and restaurant. Five other male civilians were trying to restrain Blumenstein. The officer ordered Blumenstein to leave. Blumenstein remained verbally combative, yelling profanities, and the five men moved him from the location.

At about 2 a.m., the officer saw Blumenstein push a man into York Road, in the 400 block. The officer informed Blumenstein he was under arrest, and Blumenstein resisted. The officer told Blumenstein to stop resisting, but he did not. Another officer arrived to assist with the arrest, which Blumenstein continued to resist. The officer used pepper spray to attempt to subdue the suspect, but he continued to refuse to comply with the officer.

Blumenstein is charged with resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, trespass and failure to obey a police officer. He was released on his own recognizance.

Booking photo of Zachary Carson Blumenstein

Booking photo of Zachary Carson Blumenstein, charged after resisting arrest in Towson.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017