Takoma Park Police

June 5, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Takoma Park Police Chief on Floyd’s Death: ‘The Most Disturbing Thing That I’ve Ever Seen’

On Tuesday, City of Takoma Park Police Chief Antonio DeVaul spoke to MyMCMedia about his reaction to the video showing George Floyd dying at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. In addition to holding the officer who killed Floyd accountable, DeVaul says the three other officers who were present should also be held […]

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June 2, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Takoma Park Mayor, Police Chief Condemn Cop’s ‘Dismissive’ Interaction with Activist

Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart and the city’s Chief of Police Antonio DeVaul held a discussion at the gazebo on Carroll Avenue to talk about an officer’s “dismissive” interaction with an activist that occurred around midnight Tuesday. The activist, Sokka Asif, shared a video of interaction on her Instagram page, which has—as of Tuesday evening—been […]

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June 2, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

After Video Shows Officer Removing Signs, Takoma Park Lifts Sign Restriction Ordinance

In response to a video circulating on Instagram showing a Takoma Park police officer removing Black Lives Matter signs on lamp posts, City Manager Suzanne Ludlow announced she’s taken emergency action to suspend rules about sign posting. In light of the protests surrounding racism and police brutality, Ludlow is now encouraging residents to post welcoming […]

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October 30, 2019 | Staff Writer

UPDATE: Missing Takoma Park Teen Found Safe

Update (Oct. 30): The City of Takoma Park Police announced Tuesday that Cristina Bennett has been found safe. Original Post (Oct. 29): The City of Takoma Park Police Department is asking for help from the public in locating a “critical missing juvenile.” 15-year-old Cristina Bennett has been missing since Monday October 28 and was last […]

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October 24, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Oct. 26

Montgomery County residents can safely dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, a day set aside as the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Residents are encouraged to bring in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills […]

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October 23, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Boy Who Fell From Building Celebrates Birthday with Takoma Park Police

The Takoma Park Police Department helped a 3-year-old celebrate his birthday on Tuesday. This boy is someone officers got to know in September after a frightening incident. On Sept. 9, the boy fell 11 stories from an apartment building on Maple Avenue in Takoma Park. At the time, he was taken to the hospital for […]

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July 29, 2019 | Staff Writer

Knife-Wielding D.C. Man Faces Charges After Incident at Washington Adventist

Takoma Park police have charged a Washington, D.C., man with first-degree assault, attempted armed carjacking and other offices, the police agency said. About 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Takoma Park Police responded to the Washington Adventist Hospital (WAH), 7600 Carroll Ave., for the report of a subject with a knife trying to steal a Montgomery County Fire […]

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December 19, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for Dec. 19 in Montgomery County

It’s Wednesday, Dec. 19, Christmas is six days away, and here are five things you need to know: 1. Jingle Bell Breakfast: The Long Branch Senior Center in Silver Spring has a free Jingle Bell Breakfast from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will also be two craft tables with supplies so seniors can make holiday […]

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August 13, 2018 | Staff Writer

Takoma Park Police Captain Selected as Greenbelt’s New Police Chief

After serving more than 20 years with the Takoma Park Police, Capt. Richard “Rick” Bowers is leaving Takoma Park to oversee the City of Greenbelt’s Police Department as the new police chief. He was selected from a pool of 53 applicants spearheaded by Springsted/Waters Executive Recruitment Firm. Bowers started his career as an officer in […]

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July 30, 2018 | Staff Writer

Update: Takoma Park Police Identify Officer in Shooting

Update, July 30: Takoma Park police have identified the officer involved in a Wednesday shooting as Sgt. Charles Hoetzel, a 10-year veteran. Police said he has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, following the department’s protocol. He is assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division and works in the Special Assignment Section. Update, […]

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