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Breaking News: Man dies after resisting arrest at traffic stop

July 18, 2013

Police at scene

At about 5:15 p.m. two Baltimore city police officers stopped a car for a traffic stop in the 1300 block of Kitmore Road, according to Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez. During the stop, the police attempted to speak with an individual in the car who they suspected of possessing drugs, though Rodriguez would not confirm if it was the passenger or driver.

One of the men fled the car and police gave chase, according to Rodriguez. The man struggled with police, who put out three calls for help from fellow officers. One Morgan State patrol car responded to the call.

During the struggle, according to Rodriguez, the officers “became aware of medical distress with the individual.” Though the officers reportedly used a defibrillator kept in a patrol car, the man was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Rodriguez. In addition, it appeared that one of the Baltimore city police cars collided with the Morgan State vehicle at the scene.

A witness who saw the traffic stop from in front of her home elaborated on the incident in the interview below. She told City Paper a very different story, saying “they beat this man to death.” She provided video of what she said was the officers “trying to resuscitate the man.”