In First Black Police Chief’s Appeal, Judges Weigh Prosecutorial Misconduct, Discrimination

February 14, 2018

Former Police Chief Kelvin Sewell appeals his misconduct conviction, arguing that he was prosecuted in retaliation for a discrimination complaint. Maryland Court of Special Appeals judges press a state prosecutor for answers

Civil Rights Groups Say Black Police Chief Targeted for Filing Discrimination Complaint

November 3, 2017

In amicus court filings supporting an appeal of former Pocomoke Chief Kelvin Sewell’s misconduct conviction, a variety of organizations argue he was prosecuted in retaliation for filing racial discrimination complaints against Worcester County officials.


April 11, 2017
Supporters of the the town’s first black police chief who was fired in 2015 failed to win at the ballot box again, but vow to fight on by Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

Behind the Scenes of the Investigation of Pocomoke’s 1st Black Police Chief

February 8, 2017

Recently unsealed court documents reveal defendants in Kelvin Sewell’s discrimination lawsuit worked closely with state prosecutors to produce charges against the former Baltimore homicide supervisor

Guilty Verdict for Pocomoke’s 1st Black Police Chief Divides Town as Violence Flares

December 5, 2016

Residents say repercussions from the fall-out over chief’s dismissal continue to affect the small town on Maryland’s lower eastern shore

Pocomoke’s First Black Police Chief Convicted of Misconduct

December 2, 2016

For background on this story, see this report from November 30.

Investigation Turns Ugly Against Pocomoke Officers Who Suffered Discrimination

November 30, 2016

Residents of the Eastern shore town say investigators have been asking about the personal lives of officers who the Justice Department says were illegally fired as a criminal trial against the former chief is set to proceed