The Prince George’s County state’s attorney took an unprecedented step to keep some police officers off the witness stand, creating a list of officers that she will not allow to testify on behalf of the state.
The Brady List, as it’s known, expands a long-standing national judicial rule concerning officers with problematic discipline records. Not everyone who takes the stand abides by the oath, and sometimes that includes police officers.
“It was infuriating to know that they would just tell a bold face lie like that,” said a former Colmar Manor police officer who successfully sued Prince George’s County police for brutality after he says officers lied on the stand.
“There were officers on both sides,” said his defense attorney, Darrell Robinson. “This was a police-on-police brutality case.”
He was working authorized part-time security at a party when neighbors called Prince George’s County police complaining about noise.
In cellphone video obtained by News4, he can be heard identifying himself as an officer.
“He waited until I got to the doorway to yell out, ‘He has a gun,’” he said. “Several officers tackled me to the ground face down. They put their knee in my back. One was about to tase me.”
According to his attorney, he won his case after a Prince George’s County lieutenant testified the other county officers who took the stand weren’t telling the truth about what happened. The jury ruled the off-duty officer’s civil rights were violated.
“If you intentionally lie on the stand or falsify information on the stand, you shouldn’t be the police,” he said. “You’re held at a higher standard; you shouldn’t do that.”
Cases like this can lead to officers being put on the Brady List, maintained by prosecutors across the country to identify police with credibility issues.
“Under my administration, we really wanted to look at that policy to determine if there are officers who we no longer wanted to sponsor because of their actions,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said.
Judges normally make the call on whether officers on the list can testify, but in January, Braveboy told police departments in the county she’s taking it further, creating her own list.
“We developed a list that includes both Prince George’s County and municipal officers who we will not call in our cases,” she said.
Braveboy said there are some officers whose credibility is so bad, she will not allow them to testify in cases her office prosecutes.
“There are certain officers who we find their behavior to be egregious, and we will no longer sponsor them as witnesses in cases in Prince George’s County,” she said.
She said she’s not allowed to release the names on the list because officer personnel records are protected in Maryland.
“We were directed by the Office of the Attorney General that those records, those lists are not to be made available to the public or else our office could face liability,” Braveboy said.
Robinson said because the Brady List is not public, he doesn’t know for sure what happened to the officers in his case.
“I would say nothing happened to them,” he said. “In fact, I saw them in court a few weeks later.”
“They were arresting people, going about their business, sitting in trial, being called as witnesses,” he said.
“We hear about the Brady List, we’re told about the Brady List, but no one’s ever given the Brady List,” he said.
Braveboy said there are currently 28 officers on her Brady List and she will not allow 15 of them to testify.
Prince George’s County Deputy District Public Defender Keith Lotridge has not seen the names on the list but wants to and says the list should be public.
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