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Published on Jul 21, 2015
* July 21, 4 PM — Baltimore City Council – Public Safety Committee Investigative Hearing – Death of Tyrone West in Police Custody FOR the purpose of calling on the Police Department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to explain the reasons behind the abnormally long time being taken to determine the cause of Tyrone West’s death in police custody on July 18th, and to inform the City Council of the current status of the investigation into this disturbing incident. [Source: City Council website]
At the hearing, Baltimore police officials summarized an internal investigation report into the death of Tyrone West during a police stop in Baltimore, Md.
Councilmember Warren Branch listened to the police speak and then informed the members of the public sitting in the gallery, several of whom had come to testify, that he would not allow public comment.
Several members of the public complained about not being given the opportunity to respond to the police testimony.
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:45 Commissioner Kevin Davis gives opening remarks. 4:20 Internal Affairs Chief Rodney Hill starts presentation. 7:35 Concern with tactics of officers. 9:25 Hill recounts recommendations from internal independent review. 10:35 Concern about officer's use of pepper spray. 11:40 "Mr. Tyrone West did not die in vain." 12:25 Medical Examiner and State's Attorney's Office declined to appear at hearing. 12:54: Commissioner Davis speaking again. BPD going outside organization for subject matter experts to help them improve. 15:42 Branch declares will not hear testimony from members of public. Refers to Freddie Gray as "Freddie Brown." 16:32 Citizen complaining about Branch blocking public testimony. 17:12 Branch reflects on death of others in confrontation with police, and asks for State's Attorney to re-open cases. 22:56 Citizen complains about Councilman Warren Branch restricting public comment at public hearing. 24:08 More citizen complaints. 24:45 Meeting adjourned -- citizens start chanting.