by A.F. James MacArthur, Managing Editor, with T.R. Mencken, Editor In Chief
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The Baltimore Police shot and killed a man this morning. Exactly a week after a Baltimore City police officer, with 3 shootings during his 4 years on the force, shot and killed a suspect, drawing suspicion from many including Maryland State Delegate Jill Carter and NAACP President Marvin "Doc" Cheatham. An independent investigation has been called in that one.
Today, many there are many unanswered questions after yet another shooting by the Baltimore Police. A man armed with a machete who was holding his granddaughter hostage was shot and killed following a struggle.
In an indoor stand off, the Spectator wants to know; Were other non-lethal options possible? Tear gas, bean bags, rubber bullets, etc? Also, the Spectator would like to know, is it routine to storm a building after just 90 minutes? Could negotiators been given more time to "wait it out?" Were the typical methods such as cutting electrical power and other utilities used? Without a credible witness besides the four year old child, do we know that anyone, the child included was truly in imminent danger? We know that police often lie about their account of events (see shocking video proof, even in Baltimore cops lie about events, only to be proven wrong by video, in my situation, the case was thrown out after the officer was a no show at a recent hearing)
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said officers tried to negotiate with 48-year-old Samuel Cosby for 90 minutes early Saturday before a tactical team was sent into the home. Police say officers found Cosby on the third floor holding a machete and the four-year-old girl and tried to gain control of the knife.
During the struggle, Officer Garfield O'Toole shot Cosby multiple times and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Guglielmi said Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld decided to name O'Toole and added officers did everything possible to try to end the situation peacefully.
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