25 YEARS AGO
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