More than 500 Sign Petition to Reopen Investigation into Robert White Case

More than 500 people have signed a petition to reopen an investigation into Montgomery County Police Officer Anand Badgujar who shot and killed an unarmed black man on June 11, 2018.

Robert White was walking in his Silver Spring neighborhood when he was killed by Badgujar. After an investigation, Montgomery County Police Department released a five page report in April 2019, which determined the officer who shot and killed White was justified in doing so.

MyMCMedia spoke with Carlean Ponder, a Silver Spring Justice Coalition activist, about why she started the petition to reopen the case and what she hopes it will achieve:

Here’s What the Petition Says:

Robert White asked Officer Anand Badgujar to leave him alone. He walked away. Minutes later he was dead. Two years later, we demand a full investigation into the officer’s conduct.

It was Monday, June 11, 2018. Robert White was walking, unarmed, through his own neighborhood. Officer Badgujar had entered Robert’s neighborhood on a completely different matter and decided to stop Robert. Robert was a tall Black man who regularly walked the neighborhood, a figure his neighbors knew and loved well. Badgujar claimed he found Robert suspicious because he saw a rip in his jacket. Instead of leaving him alone, Officer Badgujar pulled his gun and pursued Robert with the gun drawn. Robert, who lived with mental illness, became agitated, and a fight ensued. He was shot multiple times.

Today, Officer Badgujar still carries a gun and draws a salary from the Montgomery County Police Department. He poses a threat to all differently abled and non-White residents of our County. We demand an investigation into the events of 2018. Officer Badgujar stopped Robert because he was Black. He has likely harassed many other non-White residents.

But unless our elected officials overturn the Maryland Public Information Act, which blocks access to information about how police misconduct investigations are handled, we may never know what the officer did before or after he killed Robert White. In the meantime, it is vital that Montgomery County officials ACT to ensure police transparency and accountability by reopening the case, and appointing civilian investigators to review Badgujar’s actions. Police cannot police themselves.

Robert White mattered. He mattered to his family, his neighbors, and to all of Montgomery County. The actions of the man who took him from us while on the taxpayers’ payroll matter too.

Sign the petition. Call County Executive Marc Elrich (240-777-0311), and Police Chief Marcus Jones (240-777-0311) to re-open this case. It is time for justice for Robert White.”

Here’s a look at our full conversation with Ponder:

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Deirdre Byrne

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

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5 Responses to “More than 500 Sign Petition to Reopen Investigation into Robert White Case”

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    On July 18, 2020 at 12:08 pm responded with... #

    Robert White was shot while being Black. The officer who shot him initiated the contact while off duty. He did not know Robbie. But Robbie’s neighbors did. His parents had died leaving him the family home. This had been his neighborhood his whole life. He was doing nothing wrong. He was walking in broad daylight when the off-duty officer “found him suspicious.” So that officer pursued him, initiated contact, escalated the tension, and when the officer “felt afraid” he shot Robbie in the back. Robbie is dead because a white man, with a gun and a badge, didn’t like the look of him. I’m white. This was cold blooded stalking and murder.

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    On July 20, 2020 at 3:09 pm responded with... #

    Why in hell are the police so “afraid” of someone who is facing away from them? This stinks. Investigate!

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    On July 20, 2020 at 4:42 pm responded with... #

    It’s essential that a person going for a walk in his neighborhood, something he does almost daily, is NOT shot and killed by the police for unconvincing and unnecessary reasons. There was no reported crime in the neighborhood. There was no reason to believe that a crime was committed or was about to be committed. There was no serial criminal report. Mr. White had no possessions on his person that would cause someone to think a crime was in progress or planned. All he wanted to do was to be left alone. Walking in peace. The circumstances of his death are unimaginable. His death is unjustifiable.

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    On July 20, 2020 at 5:11 pm responded with... #

    I would like you to reopen the investigation into Montgomery County Police Officer Anand Badgujar, who shot and killed an unarmed man, Robert White, on June 11, 2018.

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    On July 21, 2020 at 2:26 pm responded with... #

    An outside organization is needed to investigate this matter because the police can’t investigate themselves. It is time to reopen this case.




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