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Not guilty plea in cop's murder trial

A Baltimore police officer has pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man outside a nightclub.

Officer Gahiji Tshamba entered the plea at an arraignment Wednesday and requested a jury trial.

A judge set a trial date of Nov. 12. Tshamba is charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Tshamba fired his service weapon 13 times at former Marine Tyrone Brown after Brown groped a woman. Tshamba was off-duty, and the shooting occurred as patrons were spilling out of nightclubs in Baltimore's trendy Mount Vernon neighborhood.

James Rhodes, one of the officer's attorneys, says his client was acting as a police officer during his confrontation with Brown and that his actions “were consistent with his training.”

Rhodes also says he has no indication that Tshamba had been drinking.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 4, 2010; 1:24 PM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , From the Courthouse , Homicide , Updates  
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The Baltimore City Police Department has 2 rules that cause a potential conflict. 1) Officers must be armed while in public in the city. and 2) Officers must not drink while armed. That basically means that officers can not drink at bars in the city. But they don't say that, they just imply that.

Posted by: cyberfool | August 4, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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