Monday, July 21, 2008

Council of Elders Take Action On Maryland Racial Profiling Case

Council of Elders Take Action On Maryland Racial Profiling Case

The Council of Elders Relating to Young People, a New York coalition of senior citizens, is taking action to support young victims of racial profiling. State of Maryland vs. Mark Dobbins & Levi Woods, will be heard on December 1, 2004, at 1:00 pm, at the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County, 900 Walker Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland. The case involves the false arrest of two young Black men who were driving a newly purchased Mercedes Benz without license plates, but with 30-day registration tags. The issues are racial profiling, excessive force, and police brutality on Interstate 95 by the Maryland Transportation Police Force.

NEW YORK (PRWEB) November 29, 2004

The Council of Elders Relating to Young People, a New York coalition of senior citizens, is taking action to support young victims of racial profiling. State of Maryland vs. Mark Dobbins & Levi Woods, will be heard on December 1, 2004, at 1:00 pm, at the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County, 900 Walker Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland. The case involves the false arrest of two young Black men who were driving a newly purchased Mercedes Benz without license plates, but with 30-day registration tags. The issues are racial profiling, excessive force, and police brutality on Interstate 95 by the Maryland Transportation Police Force.

On March 11, 2004, Mark Dobbins, his wife Wanda Dobbins, and his brother-in-law Levi Woods, were heading South on I-95 in a newly purchsed 1995 Mercedes Benz with temporary license plates. They were stopped by a Maryland Transportation Authority Police who was traveling North on I-95. The officer claimed he could not identify the temporary tags' State of issuance or expiration date.

After approaching the car, the officer saw that the information on the temporary tags was timely, and legible. A run on Mr. Dobbins' license also confirmed that he was the owner of the car in good standing.

Additional officers approached the car and began demanding documentation from Dobbins that he had already provided to the first officer, and the routine stop escalated into a vicious verbal and physical assault on Dobbins and Woods, and the false arrest of both men.

Both Dobbins and Woods were dragged from the car and beaten by the officers, and Mrs. Dobbins was abandoned on the side of the highway without transportation.

Ironically, both men have been charged with second degree assault of an officer, reckless endangerment of an officer, resisting arrest, and several other violations stemming from conflict with the officers -- none of which relate to the reason for the stop.

The Council of Elders is reaching out to the Community to support the youth and monitor the courtroom. "We are reclaiming our incarcerated youth caught in the penal system of America," said Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, Community Mayor of Harlem and the organizer of the Council of Elders.

Contact: Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, Community Mayor of Harlem

Phone: 212.368.3739

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Unique Gift Wrap Invention Receives Patent; Pop-Up Gift Toppers Offer New Ways to Decorate Gifts

Unique Gift Wrap Invention Receives Patent; Pop-Up Gift Toppers Offer New Ways to Decorate Gifts

Toppers by Tarta™, self-sticking, 3D pop-up gift toppers, just received a patent. Toppers are unique gift decorations that affix to boxes, bags and gifts. Toppers were invented by Marta Petter, also known as Tarta, of Tarta Marketing, LLC, a Chicago-based company. Petter has more than 15 years experience with paper pop-ups and retail work.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 11, 2006

Toppers by Tarta™ (www. ToppersByTarta. com), self-sticking, pop-up gift decorations, have recently received a patent. The unique gift wrap invention created by Marta Petter received a 2006 Best New Product Award at the National Stationery Show in New York City. Toppers by Tarta™ attach to gift wrap, gift boxes and gift bags and travel flat but pop-up when it’s time for gift giving. Toppers are intricate paper sculptures that include a space for messages and are available in 25 different designs.

Petter has more than 15 years of experience creating dimensional paper pop-ups for Fortune 100 clients like McDonald’s, Kellogg’s, Daimler Chrysler and Target. She has also worked with renowned paper engineers and graphic artists in creating her pop-up decorations. Petter's many years of research, product development and manufacturing have resulted in a new way to decorate gifts.

Consumers in focus groups said Toppers by Tarta looked “impressive” and “simple to use.” They also enjoyed the fact that it could stay flat until they needed it to pop-up. Women expected them to cost “so much more.” Men said “finally a way to wrap a gift and impress my girlfriend (wife)”.

The newly patented Toppers by Tarta, self-sticking pop-up gift decorations, are available for all occasions. Toppers are available in large or mini sizes and can be purchased in specialty retail stores, hospital gift shops and some larger retailers. There is a store locater on the website www. ToppersByTarta. com.

About Tarta Marketing, LLC

Who is Tarta? Tarta is a nickname Marta Petter received from her small niece Lexi, who couldn’t quite say Aunt Marta and blurted out “Tarta” while shopping in a grocery store. Everyone thought it was so fun that it just stuck. Soon friends and even clients were calling her Tarta. So when Marta decided to incorporate and name her product, her niece suggested Tarta. Thus, Toppers by Tarta are a product of Tarta Marketing, LLC.

Press Inquiries

Marta Petter

Tarta Marketing, LLC

Contact Phone: (866) 909-0092

Www. ToppersByTarta. com

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