Ex-Baltimore cop labeled 'rat' after police brutality claim

From the article:

Before he became public enemy No. 1 inside the Baltimore Police Department, Det. Joseph Crystal was considered one of its rising stars.

The son of two NYPD cops, Crystal was put in charge of his police academy cadet class on day one.

He was promoted to detective before he reached his second year on the force.

And he went on to lead his violent crime unit in gun arrests, racking up high-profile collars that made the evening news.

For Crystal, rooting out crime in one of the most violent cities in the nation didn’t even feel like work.

“Being a cop was all I ever wanted to do,” he says. “A dream come true.”

But that dream turned into a nightmare four years ago when his brothers in blue turned on him – bombarding him with taunts and threats, refusing to come to his aid during drug busts and even leaving a dead rat on his windshield.

His crime? He reported a case of police brutality.

Crystal drew the ire of his department after coming forward to report the 2011 beating of a drug suspect by a fellow officer. Crystal’s subsequent trial testimony helped secure convictions against the cop who carried out the beating and the sergeant who helped facilitate it.

Crystal says the pattern of abuse that followed led him to resign from the job he loved.

“I never imagined that doing the right thing as a cop could cost me so much,” Crystal, 31, told the Daily News this week in his most extensive interview to date.

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“I am your COMMANDER!”

Put this together over the weekend from a couple of cheap-o licensed costumes I modified and some tactical gear. Now I have something decent I can wear at Youmacon on Halloween weekend (looks like Velma will wait ‘til next year.) Sorry the photos are kinda crappy. I’ll have better ones taken this weekend. COBRAAAAA!!!

We must realize that there is no way for us to overcome all our external foes. If we defeat one enemy, another always arises to take his place. If we kill someone who has harmed us, his relatives and friends will attack us in revenge. How is it possible, Shantideva asks, to be free from all enemies who are as infinite as the expanse of space? Only be defeating our own anger can we overcome those who would harm us.
—  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold”

1987. Retaliation

is the second and final album by band Carnivore.

Retaliation sounds as inventive, original and challenging a couple of decades later, a creative album that features a truly own sound. Back then there were thousands of crossover, hardcore and thrash acts which didn’t offer anything peculiar or characteristic, but Steele & co. had the cool ideas, inspiration and efficiency to make something special.  

Soon after their second album was released, the band broke up and Peter Steele formed a new band called Subzero, which would later be renamed Type O Negative. According to the sleeve notes of the “Top Shelf Edition” of their second album, the first Type O Negative album, Slow Deep and Hard was composed largely from material originally written for Carnivore.

        Peter Steele     Marc Piovanetti    Louie Beato