Submitted by the Owner of “Your Second Chance Bail Bonds”
I am the owner of “Your Second Chance Bail Bonds.” I was involved in a recent case in Baltimore City, MD (Case# 813014033, formerly case# 6B02202178). This stemmed from an incident wherein officers from the Northern District, Robert Messner and Joseph Debronzo confiscated my carry concealed weapon permit and handgun on accusations that I was not a bail agent. I provided them my permit which noted on the back that I was in fact a bail agent. They detained me because they did not believe me. I also offered to provide my business’s federal identification number among other things, but they choose to arrest me regardless.
The officers also pointed out that the firearm I had in my possession was not registered to me. In Maryland, I do not believe it is illegal to possess a firearm that is not registered to the carrier, as long as the firearm is legally in the possession of the carrier. The firearm that I had in my possession was actually my girlfriend’s. We lived together at the time at my current address. We had the same exact firearms, and the only way to tell the difference between the two is by the serial number. We kept them in lock boxes at the time.
Ultimately, I was not found guilty. I believe the way these officers dealt with the situation was very unjust. I believe I was stereotyped because they made various comments about my age – specifically pointing out how young I was, as if I wasn’t capable of running such a business. It was extremely irresponsible of them to arrest me on very little evidence of what they believed was illegal. They did not attempt to investigate at all or to give me a fair chance of proving I was a bail agent.
In addition, they lied in their reports regarding this incident. When they wrote the paperwork explaining their interaction with me, they set forth various false and negative things about my character. As a result, the commissioner gave me a bail higher than the amount recommended by the state’s attorney. If these are the types of officers the police departments are producing, I am in fear of my life being in their hands. I am in fear that my child will face the same prejudiced actions that I was faced with for simply abiding by the law. I don’t understand how police can arrest someone with a concealed permit to carry just because they don’t happen to believe the carrier’s representations that they are carrying lawfully.
The Maryland State Police doesn’t hand out ccw’s without a strenuous background check provided by the FBI. On March 18th, 2013, I called the internal affairs to get an update about the hold on my property. Upon doing so, I talked to Sgt.Chung of the Internal Affairs and he told me that officer Joseph Debronzo was still holding my property, because my permit was still under review. After a month of getting the run around Sgt. Chung has yet to resolve the matter.
It is extraordinarily unfair that a citizen may have charges pressed against them if they lie to an officer but it’s alright for an officer to lie to citizens and falsely arrest them without any type of consequences. It’s also unfair that they are holding my girlfriend’s firearm. She has also called the Baltimore city police department and got the same run around. The officers actually give bad attitudes as if we are wrong. The least that can happen is that they rightfully return her property. It’s amazing how easy and fast it is for an officer to violate your rights and take your property, but you have to wait months at a time to get your things back, let alone justice.