Baltimore city cop arrested at Club Reality; venue and city police have prickly history
A Baltimore city cop was arrested early Sunday after a fight broke out at Club Reality, a Southwest Baltimore hip-hop club that previously accused city police of "harassment."
The Sun's Crime Beat reported Everett Walker, 29, a 6-year veteran of the force, was violently arguing with a 20-year-old female at the club's rear parking lot around 2 a.m.
Police disrupted the fight and arrested Walker after he tried to strike another woman. He "appeared clearly intoxicated with a glazed stare and was unresponsive to our loud verbal commands," according to the charging documents.
Owners of Club Reality, which has been open since January of last year, say the club has a "friendly and cozy atmosphere" for the "best homemade food this side of town." But they've also had brush-ins with city police, who they accused of "harassment" on their MySpace page.
In April, club owners wrote the venue was charged with disorderly conduct, and took to their Web site to complain about what they called "bogus complaints" that resulted in "police loitering on the premises and many unscheduled visits from the fire chief and liquor board."
"We do not understand the harassment and disrespectful behavior by several police officers to the staff and patrons," promotions manager Melissa Carter wrote then. "It is intimidating and embarrassing."
But police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said there are no pending padlock hearings scheduled for Club Reality, and that he didn't see the point of the club's contention. Club owners couldn't be reached for comment - will update when they do - but the Baltimore City Liquor License Board also doesn't show any pending action against the venue.
Guglielmi said that they don't monitor Club Reality any more than they do other nightclubs. "The bottom line on any business is that we're not going to tolerate any violence," he said.
Meanwhile, Crime Beat also reported that Walker was already suspended from the force from a previous offense. It seems the 6-year vet has a thing for fighting in parking lots. In April 2009, he fought with two police officers who questioned him while he was off duty, and he refused a breath test.
His hearing for that arrest is scheduled for October. Sunday's will be heard later this month.
Photo: Club Reality