Rockville Mayor Viola D. Hovsepian and City Manager Larry N. Blick this week rejected an NAACP demand that they fire two white police officers accused of using excessive force against three black city residents last summer.
Leaders of the Montgomery County chapter of the civil rights organization said after a meeting with the officials Monday that they will take further action to publicize the incident in the black community and will take the issue to a black law enforcement executives organization.
"It is obvious you have no respect for blacks. You have no respect for black women, and there's no need for us to continue this," Roscoe R. Nix, president of the NAACP chapter, told Hovsepian, Blick and Police Chief Jared D. Stout.
The chapter demanded that city officials fire veteran officers Alice F. Anselmo and John N. Converse. The officers were accused by the organization of using excessive force July 19 as they arrested Montrea Davis, her mother, Constance M. Hardman, and her father, Joseph B. Davis, in the predominantly black Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Hovsepian and Blick said that the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights prevented them, or any other outside body, from disciplining or firing the officers.
Stout has refused to fire the officers, but he recommended that they be disciplined.
After the meeting, Nix said that the police internal reporton the incident, which recommends fines and disciplinary action against the officers, will be given to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives for review.
He also said fliers will be distributed to black city residents on Sunday warning them that "they are at risk with the police department and the chief," and that the chapter will work to establish an external monitoring committee to investigate minority complaints.
The dispute centers on an altercation that occurred after the officers demanded that Rodney T. Davis, an automobile repair shop owner, move a damaged car off Frederick Avenue and onto a nearby lot.
Montrea Davis, Rodney Davis' cousin, protested the order and a scuffle ensued, during which Davis, who was two months pregnant at the time, was held to the ground by Converse while being handcuffed, police reports show.
When Joseph Davis and Hardman joined in the fray, Converse struck Davis with his portable radio and revolver, police reports show, and Hardman was pushed to the ground.
The three were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, but the charges later were dropped.
Last month, a police trial board suspended Anselmo from active duty for 10 days and fined her $2,500 for her part in the incident. She is back on duty.
Converse, who has been restricted to administrative duties, is scheduled to appear before a trial board Tuesday.