Baltimore police released the details surrounding Friday’s arrest of Carl O. Snowden, stating that the Annapolis civil rights leader was sitting in a parked car with a registered sex offender when officers approached his vehicle, according to The Capital.
The police report contradicts the words of Snowden’s attorney, Cary J. Hansel, who said Snowden was pulled over for a broken tail light. Snowden, the civil rights director of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, was charged with marijuana possession in Baltimore on Friday, according to online court records.
The Capital reported that the police statement said officers approached a 2010 Honda Pilot with Snowden in the driver’s seat and smelled a “strong odor” of marijuana.
A registered sex offender named Anthony Hill, 28, of Baltimore was reportedly sitting in the passenger seat. Hill has a list of drug, gun and assault charges with few convictions, The Capital reported.
Snowden reportedly went on sabbatical Friday to pursue charges and a $20 million lawsuit against Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold for having a dossier compiled against him. It was revealed in March that Snowden was investigated by Leopold, who was indicted on charges that he used his security detail improperly.