Friday, July 25, 2008

Maryland State Police Superintendent 'Troubled' By Methods Used To Probe Activists

Julie Bykowicz writes in The Baltimore Sun:

The Maryland State Police superintendent said today that he is "troubled" by methods used to infiltrate and monitor peace activists and anti-death penalty groups and pledged that such tactics "will not be a part" of his agency.

Undercover agents secretly joined the Baltimore Pledge of Resistance, a peace group; the Baltimore Coalition Against the Death Penalty; and the Committee to Save Vernon Evans, a death row inmate, according to documents that ACLU obtained through a Maryland Public Information Act lawsuit.

The agents spent 288 hours monitoring and recording peaceful protest activities and recorded no evidence of potentially illegal activity, the documents show.

More here.


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