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Fri May 1, 2015, 08:50 PM

 

Baltimore Teen Held on $500,000 Bail, Faces Life in Prison for Smashing an Empty Police Car's Window





Allen Bullock, the 18-year-old seen in photos smashing in a police car with a traffic cone, turned himself in after being encouraged by his parents. But now he is being held on $500,000 bail, an amount his parents cannot afford, The Guardian reports.

Bullock faces charges of rioting and malicious destruction of property, among other criminal counts, after turning himself in at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center with his stepfather, Maurice Hawkins, at his side.

According to Hawkins, who saw footage of his stepson on Saturday, the teen agreed to turn himself in after his stepfather told him that the police would “find him, knock down our door and beat him” if he didn’t, The Guardian notes.

However, no good deed goes unpunished, and Hawkins now believes that they are making an example of the teen. “By turning himself in, he also let me know he was growing as a man and he recognized what he did was wrong,” Hawkins told The Guardian on Wednesday. “But they are making an example of him, and it is not right.”

“As parents, we wanted Allen to do the right thing,” Bullock’s mother, Bobbi Smallwood, said. “He was dead wrong, and he does need to be punished. But he wasn’t leading this riot. He hasn’t got that much power.”

Hawkins noted that the proposed amount is higher than that placed on some accused murderers in the city. “Who could afford to pay that?” the stepfather asked.

“If they let him go, he could at least save some money and pay them back for the damage he did,” his mother agreed.

The eight misdemeanor charges Bullock face are his first as an adult, with rioting carrying a maximum of life in prison. The Guardian, however, says that his parents believe that four to eight years is a more likely sentence. Bullock, who was convicted of minor offenses as a juvenile, was working in city sanitation under a program for people in juvenile probation, The Guardian notes, earning more than $15,000 a year.

http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2015/04/balt_teen_encouraged_to_turn_self_in_by_parents_held_on_500_000_bail_faces.html

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Reply Baltimore Teen Held on $500,000 Bail, Faces Life in Prison for Smashing an Empty Police Car's Window (Original post)
951-Riverside May 2015 OP
valerief May 2015 #1
bravenak May 2015 #2
TerrapinFlyer May 2015 #3
PinkPotus May 2015 #4
pugetres May 2015 #5
951-Riverside May 2015 #8
Travelman May 2015 #15
LiberalElite May 2015 #6
Runningdawg May 2015 #7
B2G May 2015 #9
riderinthestorm May 2015 #10
cui bono May 2015 #11
GoneFishin May 2015 #12
Downwinder May 2015 #13
Dragonfli May 2015 #14

Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 08:52 PM

1. I have outrage fatigue. Our injustice system is appalling. nt

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 08:52 PM

2. I wanna know the cops bail to compare.

 

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 08:54 PM

3. He should pay car repairs and community service...

 

ZERO JAIL TIME!

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 08:54 PM

4. He faces 8 misdemeanors? But life in prison?

 

I thought misdemeanors were up to one year in the county jail - max?

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 08:55 PM

5. Isn't there something in the Constitution

 

(Eighth Amendment) about excessive bail? That amount is completely unreasonable.

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Response to pugetres (Reply #5)

Fri May 1, 2015, 08:56 PM

8. I guess they figure if they can get away with imposing a curfew

 

which is a violation of the 1st they can also violate the 8th.

What a country we live in.

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Response to pugetres (Reply #5)

Wed May 6, 2015, 12:09 AM

15. It doesn't really apply when someone violates their probation.

Most of the time, when someone violates their probation they are remanded without bail and made to serve out their original sentence entirely. I've seen it happen more times than I can count. Some judges will be more lenient if someone gets pulled over for a taillight out or something like that, but he had a long string of convictions for theft and fighting, and he very willfully destroyed that car's windows, so there aren't too terribly many judges out there who would have even given him bail at all. 98% of the time, it's "do not pass 'go;' do not collect $200."

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 08:55 PM

6. Jesus FKG GD Christ

Is anyone collecting for his bail? GoFundMe?

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 08:56 PM

7. The cop who

shot the guy in Tulsa and was charged with 2nd Manslaughter? His bail was 25,000.
He bonded out for less than he probably spends on ammo each month.
Disgusting!

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 09:00 PM

9. life in prison?

 

Come on.

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 09:11 PM

10. Kicked and Recced for more eyes on this injustice

 

they absolutely are making an example of him.



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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 09:33 PM

11. Why is the sentence for rioting up to life in prison??? n/t

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 09:35 PM

12. Outrageous.

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 10:07 PM

13. Don't talk to the Police, that is what Lawyers are for.

If you want to help them out, fine. Do it through a Lawyer.

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 11:01 PM

14. The time this kid is facing as well as the bail amount is beyond absurd

Unfortunately, growing up where and how I did, I am not in the least bit surprised. I also believe that had he not turned himself in, he would most certainly have been beaten horribly, possibly even killed by the criminals in blue.

Talk about a rock and a hard place, I mean, how much does glass fucking cost compared to the life and future of what I would consider a child? His future is pretty much ruined no matter how this plays out, kids this age make bad decisions as they are not fully developed yet, they will not take that into consideration however and they will make an example of their power using him, you can bet on it.

At least he avoided death by cop, hopefully he won't succumb to death by holding center "accident", those are pretty fucking common as well.

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