29 December 2014

Is Baltimore Police Hiding Evidence On Shooting?

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By A.F. James MacArthur

UPDATE:  As of 1 January 2015, 4 days later, not a single shred of information has been released by Baltimore Police beyond the initial, sparsely detailed press briefing, which you can see in the video below.

Baltimore Police shot and wounded a man they say was a robbery suspect early Sunday morning. Police stated the incident took place in the 3000 block of E. Monument St., around 4:35 a.m., as the man exited a store that was closed for business.

Baltimore Police make it hard to believe them.
The yet-to-be-identified man is said to have had what appeared to be some sort of "shiny" object in his hands. Described as a white male in his 40's, with few further details given, police say they caught him in the act, still wearing a mask as officers surprised him outside the Patel Grocery Store.

Although no specifics on criminal charges were given, police referred to the man shot as a "burglary suspect." Over 36 hours later, no new details have been released, including the identity of the officer involved. The incident has many observers wondering why the department would leave the public with so many unanswered questions.

The attached video is the full, uncut statement made to media by Baltimore Police.

At issue is whether the suspect was actually armed. Were any weapons recovered from the suspect or the scene? Just what was the "shiny" object?

Police claim the man was given commands to release the "shiny" object, but failed to comply, resulting in his being shot. It is unclear how much time was given between police surprising the suspect, his ability to audibly hear and understand the command, and then actually getting a chance to comply, before the officer opened fire.

A wave of great suspicion and general distrust of police is currently sweeping the country. More and more people are starting to question the police version of events in use of force incidents. Withholding information seems counter intuitive.

Locally Baltimore Police have been the subject of numerous brutality and excessive complaints, and countless lawsuits.

While proper time is needed for an investigation, withholding basic, factual information has been proven to cause serious damage to public relations and leaded to endless speculation. It often has little actual impact on compromising an ongoing investigation. More typically it is used as a crutch, with little evidence to support any tangible benefit from being secretive.

The following request for information from Baltimore Police have yielded a negative response as of this writing.

To Whom It May Concern;

There are many details and unanswered questions regarding the police involved shooting taking place on 28 December, in the 3000 block of E. Monument St.

Of particular concern is department's refusal to give a definite answer as to whether or not the wounded suspect possessed a weapon, of if any was recovered from the scene.

It's been well over 24 hours since the incident occurred, but it appears the department has not released any new information.

Please provide an update on the case to include:

1) Name and age of the officer.

2) Length of service with the department.

3) Name and age of the suspect, along with current medical condition.

4) Charges filed against the suspect.

5) A list of evidence and or weapons recovered from the scene.

6) Photographs of evidence and or weapons found or recovered.

Any additional, pertinent information not specified in this request would be appreciated as well.

I thank you in advance!

Yours In Truth

James MacArthur

MacArthur Media


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