Marcus Pettiford, Son of Murdered Anthony Anderson Sr. Speaks Out

Marcus Pettiford, Son of Murdered Anthony Anderson Sr. Speaks Out

Marcus Pettiford, son of slain Anthony Anderson. Photo by Lance Mc Coy.
Marcus Pettiford, son of slain Anthony Anderson. Photo by Lance Mc Coy.

It has been almost six months since Anthony Anderson Sr. was brutally murdered by Baltimore City Police Officers on the corner of Montford & Biddle. 

The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. Yet State’s Attorney, Gregg L. Bernstein, has not prosecuted the officers, which include Todd Strohman.

His brother, Anthony Anderson Jr., was harassed by “Jump outs” (police not in uniform in unmarked car). Anthony Jr and Marcus Pettiford, son of Anderson Sr., had come from looking at suits for their father’s funeral. 

“They jumped out the car with guns pointed asking where the drugs at? Where the guns at?” said Pettiford.  He calmed his brother down and the police drove off.

Marcus described to me a conversation he had with Bernstein. He claims Bernstein laughed about the situation and said he wasn’t going to prosecute a drug stop.

“Ok then. Who’s the dealer and who’s the buyer?” asked Pettiford.

According to Pettiford, Bernstein replied that his father was the drug dealer and some undisclosed person was the buyer.

But Pettiford countered by saying that there were no drugs or money found on his father.

Now, Pettiford is advocating for justice for his father and family, as well as for the many victims of police brutality in Baltimore.

“Come out and support the movement. You can help get justice served!” Marcus said to me.

According to Reverend, CD Witherspoon, a local activist who has been raising public awareness to Anderson's murder (along with the writer of this article), the Justice Department is investigating the case.

Bonnie Lane writes for  Baltimore's newest street paper, Word on the Street. She has an associate of arts degree in public relations/journalism. Lane is a full-time writer, advocate and activist for the homeless and the 99%.