Caller 3: "These pictures are offensive, and I don't think they should be allowed to show them."
Source: Maryland State Police 911 calls
Police discuss anti-abortion protesters
Maryland State Police Sgt. Donna Bohlen, to a colleague: "We had about 30 to 50 anti-abortionists interrupting my roadways. … I want to find out what I can tell them and what I can't tell them, you know what I mean? … Because I am about to tell them to get the hell out of this county."
Harford County Assistant State's Attorney H. Scott Lewis: "Because what they're doing is, it isn't just at this point a mild protest. It's actually maybe something even under the traffic code for obstruction, or you know, basically causing obstruction."
Trooper First Class Thomas Mohr: "Yes, obstructing free flow."
Lewis: "Well, I mean they can but the reality is they can't obstruct, you know, you are talking rush-hour traffic in Bel Air. They're obstructing traffic, in, also if you hope that some of your troopers know how far you know traffic was being backed up and impacted."
Mohr: "They just want to know where they stood."
Lewis: "Yeah, I mean as far as them being on the roadway with all that crap."
Later Bohlen said to a Harford County sheriff's lieutenant: "We just locked up 15 to 20 protesters or we're in the process of doing that. … They all have the graphic pictures and they're walking into traffic and everything."
Lieutenant: "Oh no."
Bohlen: "OK, we told them to leave the county, and they waited an hour and did what they typically do ... . We told them if they did it again we're locking them up so can we borrow your paddy wagon to transport?"
The lieutenant said he would check, and a Lieutenant Williams called Bohlen back: "The captain said … we are not to get involved, so I don't know what to tell you on that deal."
Bohlen: "Are you kidding me?"
Williams: "I am not kidding you. I do not make stuff up."
Bohlen: "Oh, my goodness ..."
Williams: "Yeah, apparently we were told we could help keep the peace or whatever but that we were not to get involved as far as assisting with arrests or transports or something like that, so unfortunately if the captain said I can't do it, then I can't give you anything as far as the wagon or transport, so I apologize for that."
Bohlen, to a colleague: "They're bringing them all there and they can sit in a cell for an hour … and two or three or four and rot. … When a police officer tells them 'leave the county,' they are not kidding. It's not a joke, and they need to understand that is not acceptable behavior."
Source: Maryland State Police recordings