State Roundup: Prince George’s pays $20 million to family of man killed by police

State Roundup: Prince George’s pays $20 million to family of man killed by police

Attorney Billy Murphy at podium with Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, masked in center, announcing the Green record settlement. Screen shot from Alsobrooks Facebook page.

PG PAYS $20M TO FAMILY OF MAN KILLED BY POLICE: Prince George’s County has agreed to pay the family of a man fatally shot by a police officer $20 million in what is believed to be among the nation’s largest one-time settlements involving someone killed by law enforcement, Keith Alexander and Rachel Chason of the Post report.

  • “I understand this will not bring back your son, but we want to thank you, Ms. Green, for your grace and for your patience during this process,” County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said to the victim’s mother “In Prince George’s County, when we are at fault, we take responsibility. In this case, we are accepting responsibility.”William Ford writes the story for the Washington Informer.
  • Prince George’s County Police Cpl. Michael Owen Jr., the officer accused of shooting William Green, was arrested in January on charges of second-degree murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, first-degree assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violenc, Bryan Sears reports for the Daily Record.

AGE EXPANSION FOR FOSTER CARE SOUGHT: Lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan (R) last week imploring that he expand protections for Maryland youths who will age out of the foster care system during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hannah Gaskill of Maryland Matters reports.

DEL. HARTMAN SEEKS PROTECTED CLASS STATUS FOR POLICE: Del. Wayne Hartman told Hannah Gaskill of Maryland Matters that he plans to introduce a bill during the 2021 legislative session that would qualify police as a protected class under the state’s hate crimes law. This was after a weekend of unrest in Ocean City during an event known as H2Oi.

  • More than 300 cars were towed and 277 arrests were made throughout the weekend, Rose Velazquez of the Salisbury Daily Times reports. Though laws have already been passed to enhance the penalties law enforcement can dish out during this unsanctioned meetup, Hartman stressed he feels more needs to be done based on what he witnessed.

MARYLAND LYNCHING COMMISSION: NPR’s Ailsa Chang talks to Charles Chavis Jr. of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is beginning its two-year investigation of the state’s harrowing history of lynching.

MANAGING THE MOPR: MARYLAND RESPONSE TO FERC ORDER:   A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order in December directing the PJM Interconnection to dramatically expand its Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) to nearly all state-subsidized capacity resources. The order will have a significant impact on the capacity market which serves Maryland ratepayers. Find out how retail rates will be impacted and what this directive could mean to mandated renewable energy supply goals during this FREE Webinar on October 1st, during a special extended session of the Maryland Clean Energy Center’s Connecting to the Energy Economy Speaker Series.

SCOTT AIRS MAYORAL CAMPAIGN AD DURING FOOTBALL: Democratic nominee for mayor Brandon Scott planned to start his general election television ad campaign during “Monday Night Football” as the Baltimore Ravens face the Kansas City Chiefs, Emily Opilo of the Sun reports. (Ravens lost 34-20.)

OPINION: HIKE ALCOHOL TAX FOR HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES: In an op-ed for the Sun, state Sen. Antonio Hayes and Dels. Erek L. Barron and Jazz Lewis write about the Health Equity Resource Communities, which offers a targeted way to make sure support is reaching the areas that need it the most. The effort would be funded by an increase in the alcohol tax.

VOTING IN CARROLL: What do Carroll voters need to know about voting? Mail-in ballots started being sent out last week and, as of Monday, can be dropped off at the secure boxes managed by the Carroll County Board of Elections. Early voting in Carroll begins Oct. 26. Election Day is Nov. 3, Bob Blubaugh writes for the Carroll County Times.

McDANIEL COLLEGE RAISES ALERT LEVEL TO YELLOW: After seeing a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases among members of its campus community, McDaniel College increased its alert level status one step, to Yellow, on Monday, communicating that information through an email to students and staff and an update to its website. McDaniel has seen four positive tests in the past week, Bob Blubaugh reports for the Carroll County Times.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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