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Lakisa Dinkins, mother of Gerard Mungo Jr., said police knocked down her sister’s door, entered the house without a warrant and then arrested her. Dinkins was released without charges on Saturday night.
Gerard Mungo Jr. sat outside the Baltimore city jail waiting for his mother to be released. He looked confused. “They took my mama because I was on TV,” he said. Less than two weeks ago, just days after he turned 7, Gerard was arrested for sitting on a dirt bike.
His mother, Lakisa Dinkins, was arrested Saturday afternoon because police said she interfered when they broke down the door of her sister’s home in pursuit of a drug suspect.
No drugs were found in the house, and prosecutors released Dinkins without charges.
The arrest angered city leaders. “If they attack our women and children, we will fight,” Cheatham said. Police reports say officers witnessed “two black males in close proximity standing in the street,” in the 2200 block of Prentis Place in East Baltimore on Saturday afternoon. Suspecting a drug transaction, they say they followed one of the suspects, Dinkins’ nephew, into the row house of her sister, Torsheill Bond.
“If they want war, they’ll have war,” said Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, president of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, outside Central Booking, where he was also waiting for Dinkins on Saturday night, like Gerard, for Dinkins.
Protesters: 'Gerard is a symbol' for change
Family members say officers kicked down the door with guns drawn, running up the stairs before identifying themselves. “I heard my brother say, ‘We’re being robbed,’ so I grabbed my little cousin and ran outside,” said 14-year-old Torsheill Stern, Dinkins’ niece.
“We thought it was a home invasion. We had no idea what was going on,” said Seth Stern, Dinkins’ brother-in-law.
After officers failed to find drugs, police spokesman Matt Jablow said Dinkins became argumentative. “She was verbally abusive to the officer, even though she was asked politely to clam down several times,” Jablow said, claiming that Dinkins used racial slurs.
But Bond said she, not her sister, was combative with police. “I was irate because they charged into my home without a warrant. When I told them I was going to call the supervisor, they got angry,” she said. “I was the one yelling at them because they came in my house and broke down my door.”
After ordering all 11 relatives into the living room, Dinkins said, one of the officers recognized her. “I heard him tell his supervisor ‘I have the woman whose 7-year-old was arrested for sitting on the bike,’” she said. “Then they arrested me.”
(Kristen Buls/Baltimore Examiner)
Seven-year-old Gerard Mungo Jr. shed a tear when he told his own story of being arrested, handcuffed and fingerprinted by Baltimore police.
Jablow disputed Dinkins’ claims. “The arrest had absolutely and completely nothing to do with the previous incident,” he said, referring to Gerard’s arrest. Margaret Burns, spokeswoman for the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office, said the charges were dropped because the case was “legally insufficient to proceed.”
“The statement of probable cause raises more questions than it answers,” she said. “No drugs were found, and they only arrested one person out of 11.” “The initial report also did not mention that the officers had broken down the door,” she said, noting officers later filed a supplemental report that said they did in fact break down the door.
The arrest of Dinkins came just hours after more than 100 protesters gathered on a sidewalk near her home to show support for her son. “If this is our Rosa Parks incident, what it takes to wake people up, then so be it,” Cheatham said of the arrest and handcuffing of young Gerard.
“How low can it get?’ he asked the crowd. Hours later, Cheatham stood outside Central Booking in downtown Baltimore, pondering his own words.
“I just can’t believe this,” he said.
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MAYORAL CANDIDATE CALLS CITY GOVERNMENT GREEDY, RECKLESS, AND OUT OF CONTROL: Little Gerard finally gets help
Dr. Andre Bundley, Baltimore City Mayoral candidate, will hold a press conference on behalf of Lakeshia Dinkins (mother of seven year old Gerard Mungo Jr. arrested by police). On Thursday March 22, 2007 at 4:30 pm outside the family’s home, 2113 East Federal St., a bevy of concerned citizens, family support specialist, and community activist who see this as the latest in a string of events, indicative of failed policy and lack luster leadership will stand with Bundley and Ms. Dinkins.
Dr. Bundley was appalled and disheartened when city officials failed to reach out for Ms. Dinkins and provide her son with counseling and support services after such a traumatic experience. Amiss the sixty one murders in eighty days, failed investigations involving police shootings, and the arrest of this child, the city council prepares to receive a raise while Mayor Dixon and Commissioner Ham hide behind a podium in city hall.
Dr. Bundley believes it is extremely self serving to increase the salaries of public servants while Baltimore citizens receive sub standard services with no relief from joblessness, crime, high property taxes, failing schools, and family disintegration.
He plans to speak to what he sees as a growing divide between those who are suppose to serve and those in need of services. “As a leader you do not divide yourself from the people you serve while having the people watch you eat,” said Bundley.
Thank you for contacting me; I certainly appreciate your feedback and suggestions. I, along with Commissioner Hamm and other senior police department officials, have reviewed the incident that led to this arrest. It is clear to me that the arrest was wrong, that the officers on the scene should not have arrested the child, and on behalf of the City of Baltimore I have publicly apologized to the boy and his parents.
This is not inline with what I believe is the most effective policing strategy. I am counting on Commissioner Hamm and the Department to better instruct officers on the appropriate use of arrest powers and to take corrective action if needed.
I do not want this incident to overshadow the heroic work our police officers do every day. Safe streets are the key to a healthy, vibrant city. We owe Baltimore City Police Officers our sincere thanks. It is my hope that by increasing cooperation between the police and our citizens we can prevent incidents like the one Wednesday and make Baltimore a safer, stronger place to raise a family.
City of Baltimore
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Baltimore, Maryland - Monday, March 19, 2007
On Monday March 19th join community advocates as they demand answers and justice for little Gerard Mungo.
100 Holliday St, Baltimore, 21202
Time: 4 PM
For more information contact Bro. Daren Muhammad @ 410.878.5298 or by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
c/o 242 W. 29th St.
I am horrified and disheartened by the recent decision of the Baltimore City Police Department to arrest a seven year old for sitting on a kid sized dirt bike on the sidewalk in front of his house in the presence of his Mother. This type of behavior by the Baltimore City Police Department highlights the lack of care and concern by adults for the youth of this city.
In a city where mistrust and fear shadow the integrity of the Baltimore City Police Department in the eyes of youth and the general public at-large, this type of behavior by the Baltimore City Police Department is inappropriate and unnecessary. Many youth in this city already feel that the adults in authority, especially police officers, do not care about them. The actions that the Baltimore City Police Department took against little Gerard Mungo validate these concerns.
This incident points to a much larger problem in this City that needs to be addressed immediately. I would like to recommend the following:
(3) mandatory youth development training for Baltimore City Police Department employees.
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Regarding Dr. Tyrone Powers' radio talk show "The Powers Report" it has been made known that after a detailed interview was conducted, a last minute a decision was made by the editor of Afro not to publish the interview with Dr. Powers.
The Powers Report Program aired on WEAA has been "suspended" by edict of Governor O'Malley, through notice served by Mr. Kweisi Mfume to Dr. Earl Richardson, president of Morgan State University.
No one is taking responsibility for the broadcasts removal or to have the program reinstated sense no FCC violations have occurred. African American political leaders and even your news paper seems unwilling to publicly support, speak-out, or speak-up to this "suspension" not even to publicly state that they are not a part, nor agree with the message or movement to discontinue The Powers Report.
A no response on behalf of the city council, state Legislative Black Caucus, or the Afro paper seems to suggest either to be cohorts or cowardice-afraid to act without permission from the Governor who says he wants to improve race relations. A sincere act to go along with legislation "apologizing" for Maryland's involvement in slavery would be to free The Powers Report Program!
The Sun Paper, White talk radio hosts, local and national have interviewed Dr. Powers... Does the Afro plan to publish a full length story/interview regarding "The Powers Report" situation?
Dr. Powers analogies were often times "hard hitting" and pointed, but always well researched, cold-hard facts. Even more, Dr. Powers offered in-depth journalistic insight and understanding, as well as provided a course of action to the African American citizens on issues of major community importance. Even though White listeners did not like his bluntness, they respected Dr. Powers intelligent and accurate reporting and information.He has challenged all citizens to get involved in reforming and transforming Baltimore.
"Black Baltimore" has suffered-been taken advantage of long enough by Black and White politicians using it as a political stepping stone, while local power brokers seem to make moves as if they are playing a game of monopoly in which Blacks keep plucking the "skip" or "go to jail" card.
As the Israelites prepared to entered the Promised Land, the leader Joshua brought the nation to a point of decision with a challenge, "Choose this day whom you will serve." Black city and state elected officials, and even the Afro paper, it is now time for you to choose who you will serve... Or does your silence suggest that your decision has already been made?
Eric W. King, I, Pastor
New Life UMC
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I see many Christians destroying themselves in the effort to find a husband or a wife. They wear revealing clothes, hang around nightclubs and feel ashamed in church on Sunday. Pain and desperation are driving them to clumsily adopt the ways of the world in finding a life partner. It can only lead to heartache and disappointment. For most of my adult life I have been single. I know that you CAN be happy and single and that it is possible to joyfully WAIT .
- Work on making yourself the sort of person that a godly Christian would LIKE to marry. Be kind, reliable, courteous and attractive. Have your life disciplined and godly and in reasonably good order. Be full of love.
- Have something interesting about you and work on it. You need to stand out from the crowd a little. Get interested in missions, help the poor, do something different that is still you.
- Be godly yourself. Have a daily quiet time where you read the Bible and pray and start putting Scripture into practice in your life. Go to church regularly to worship God and switch off your "partner searching periscope" when you go there. In fact switch it off as often as you can. There is something very unattractive about people who are obviously looking for a partner. Godly people want a godly partner.
- Make a success of your career. It will cultivate good qualities in you such as forward thinking, planning, diligence, and hard work and it will increase your self-esteem so that you don't feel as devastated by being single. It will also increase your confidence and attractiveness. Godly Christians tend to like people who do their best. Jesus had an obvious soft spot for stewards who did their work diligently and well and makes them the heroes of many of his parables.
- Make a list of the qualities you really want in a partner and bring this list to God in prayer. Make it quite specific. Use it as a "filter" to prevent you going out with people that are completely wrong. When you make the list remember the golden rule "do unto others as you would want them to do unto you". Would you want your future partner to be drawing up a list like yours? Would you have any chance of getting selected if they did? Is your list too unreal? Make sure that an "average person" - the sort you are likely to marry, is able to fulfill it.
- Take their weaknesses seriously. If a person is a Christian but has a problem with drugs or alcohol or promiscuity then be very careful. If they are constantly in financial trouble or always quitting their jobs you may be marrying misery. Things like eating disorders, very low self-esteem, high levels of hostility, and the need to control people can wreak havoc in a marriage. If they are believers then God is working in their lives and there is hope but some believers are not yet ready for responsibility. Some may be "barely believers" and not really committed to long term change. I am not saying don't marry them, I am saying think very, very long and hard before you do. Give them time to grow and to prove themselves before you tie the knot.
- Marry someone you can pray with. Couples that pray together stay together and that's a proven fact. The Christian marriages that fail (including mine) have one partner that avoids having daily devotionals together. Prayer really builds deep intimacy into a marriage.
- Learn to recognize predators. There are quite a number of people who hang around churches to pick up a "Christian partner" and who can fake being a Christian with considerable skill. They generally have no intention of being godly and little intention of marriage. They are generally after unprotected sex with someone innocent and free of disease. Sorry to be that blunt in a Christian magazine but you need to know the truth. Predators are often betrayed by their lack of true feeling for Christian things and their lack of insight into Scripture. Greed, not tithing, and minor ethical breaches are other good clues. Listen to God's promptings and your intuition. The Holy Spirit will scream "No" at you pretty early on. When God says "No" stop right then and there!
- Move steadily and wisely towards commitment and put aside undue suspicion, hostility and distrust of the opposite gender. As a rough rule of thumb people end up living up to your projections of their behavior. If you distrust people and are sure they will not stay with you but are "just using you" then they will flee! No-one will stay in a relationship with a person who distrusts them. However if you treat your partner well and trust , love, and enjoy them and delight in who they are and expect good things of them then they will enjoy your love so much that they will not think of doing anything else except marrying you! Positive people tend to get positive results and negative people tend to get negative results - so deal with your fears.
- Don't be paranoid about members of the opposite sex. In conservative Christian circles there is almost an assumption that you only talk to members of the opposite sex that you are interested in marrying! That is so destructive! Build many ordinary good friendships and confuse your church thoroughly! It takes the pressure off any emerging relationships and also gives you a better understanding of women/men as the case may be.
- Get good Christian counselling if you have had traumatic experiences that may be hindering your ability to relate to members of the opposite sex. I can recommend Theophostic Counselling and there is an article on it elsewhere in the magazine.
- If you really like someone and they are a good Christian then go for it! I spent a lot of time thinking "so and so is too good for me" and holding back and thus losing out. Being strong and courageous has many advantages and seems to get God's blessing.
- Many good Christian marriages have developed when a friend introduces two people together and they click. While some friends playing Cupid with your life can be a pain if you have a few really good friends that you trust ask them to keep a lookout for you and to pray for the right person to come along.
- Ask God's blessing on your efforts and develop the ability to listen to Him. God has a long history of putting some first class romances together. Let Him order your days and they will be pleasant. He really does care!
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