Tyrone West

Mary Rose Madden

On the streets, pushing for change  

Every Wednesday night for almost two and half years, Tawanda Jones and her family gather on the street with supporters trying to get justice for her brother, Tyrone West. They chant, "I can't stop.  I won’t stop. Until killer cops are in cell blocks".

Board Cites Miscues and Miscommunication in West Case

Aug 8, 2014
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

City police did not use excessive force in the case of Tyrone West, who died in police custody last year, but they did make tactical errors, the Independent Review Board has found.

The six member board, which released its findings late Friday, also found that police failed to communicate properly with the West family and the public in the aftermath of the July 2013 incident.

Tyrone West: A Year Later Family Still Seeks Answers

Jul 21, 2014
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

One year after Tyrone West died while in police custody in Northeast Baltimore, his family continues to accuse law enforcement officials of a cover-up. And the case raises questions about police conduct in some city neighborhoods as an independent review of the incident continues.

Hearing Opens Past Police Wounds

Jun 30, 2014
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Past incidents involving the use of force by police were a part of a hearing that took place last week before the Baltimore City Council’s Public Safety Committee.  It’s part of that panel’s look at the death of Tyrone West while in police custody nearly a year ago.  WYPR’s Kenneth Burns talks with Nathan Sterner about some of the issues raised.

Tyrone West Hearing: To Be Continued

Dec 12, 2013
P. Kenneth Burns/WYPR

A city council committee has put a “to be continued” sign on its probe into the death of a Baltimore man in police custody and why it took so long to complete the autopsy.

West Autopsy Released; Medical Examiner to Skip Hearing

Dec 10, 2013
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein released Tuesday preliminary autopsy results for Tyrone West, who died in police custody during a traffic stop last summer.

Civil Rights Leader Calls For Justice Department To Investigate Death Of Tyrone West

Jul 25, 2013

A local civil rights leader says his group will add to a federal complaint to include the second death of a man in Baltimore police custody in the last year.

The Rev. C.D. Witherspoon of the Baltimore City Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference filed a complaint with the Justice Department after Anthony Anderson died while in custody this past fall.

He says that complaint will now include Tyrone West.