25 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

A year ago last Thurs­day, nearly 70 blacks con­verged on Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court in Cen­tre­ville to protest what they felt was un­just treat­ment of them in the county jus­tice sys­tem.

Their stony and si­lent protest that morn­ing also marked a boil­ing point in the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing re­la­tions be­tween some blacks and law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties charged with ha­rass­ing them.

To­day, af­ter meet­ings be­tween blacks, the po­lice, an as­sis­tant dis­trict at­tor­ney, changed poli­cies and new per­son­nel, many of those same res­i­dents and po­lice now say re­la­tion­ship have im­proved.

“I don’t think it’s got­ten any worse, it’s got­ten bet­ter,” said Janice Robin­son-Lan­man, co­or­di­na­tor of Com­mu­nity in Ac­tion, which or­ga­nized the protest and meet­ings.

Robin­son-Lan­man said the county’s drug task force is much bet­ter and said the po­lice have come into the “real world.”

“It used to be like a TV chase around here, but a lot of it has calmed down,” she said. “It’s not as bad as it was, there’s a lot more im­prove­ment left to be done, but it has im­proved.”

* * * Out of 112 ar­rests in Queen Anne’s County in 1990, 64 were

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