MD Police Conduct Mass Arrest of Pro-Life Demonstrators Without Warning

The following are excerpts from an August 5, 2008 article appearing on

“Troopers Run Amok, Conduct Mass Arrest of Peaceful Pro-lifers In Maryland” – August 5, 2008

BEL AIR, Maryland ““ Eighteen pro-lifers participating in the Maryland Face the Truth Tour were arrested without warning by Hartford County State Troopers in the city of Bel Air, Maryland on Friday, August 1, 2008.

The group stood peacefully on public property and did not “march” into the street as one news organization erroneously reported. Without warning, an estimated twenty patrol cars arrived on the scene and began arresting pro-life participants without a word. Those arrested were not told what they were being charged with, nor were they read their rights.

Two minors in the group were soon released, but the adults were held overnight. The men and women were held in two separate cells, but could hear each other. They passed the hours joining together in singing Christian hymns. The last of the pro-lifers were released on Saturday, August 2, at about 10:45 AM.

The group was eventually charged with loitering, failure to obey a lawful order, and disorderly conduct.

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