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Baltimore police officer set to testify against fellow officers in a corruption case was murdered one day before hearing

The Baltimore Police department is refusing the FBI’s offer to assist them in the investigation of a murdered police officer, that officer having been set to testify against his fellow Baltimore Police officers the day after he was murdered with his own gun.

According to reports, the day Suiter was shot his regular partner was absent and he was assigned a substitute officer, who also happened to be one of the officers under investigation for corruption.

Officials of the Baltimore Police Department announced in public releases that Suiter stated there is no evidence his murder was part of a conspiracy to silence him before giving testimony to a Baltimore Grand Jury.

The City of Baltimore is no stranger to scandals that involve their police department. One cannot forget the general uprising by residents of the Black community over the homicide of Freddie Gray in 2015 who died shortly after being taken into police custody. Former victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson. Those cases detail a frightful human toll. Officers have battered dozens of residents who suffered broken bones — jaws, noses, arms, legs, ankles — head trauma, organ failure, and even death, coming during questionable arrests. Some residents were beaten while handcuffed; others were thrown to the pavement.

In fact, $5.7 million is the amount the city paid to victims of brutality between 2011 and 2014.

Here is just one example of the callousness of the Baltimore Police Department. The following is an excerpt from The Atlantic online.

The 87-year-old grandmother was named Venus Green. A former teacher with two college degrees, she spent her retirement years as a foster parent for needy children. She was on her porch one day when her grandson ran up crying for an ambulance. He’d been shot.

The article goes on to tell her story from a legal document in her successful lawsuit:

Paramedics and police responded to the emergency call, but the white officer became hostile. “What happened? Who shot you?” Green recalled the officer saying to her grandson, according to an 11-page letter in which she detailed the incident for her lawyer. Excerpts from the letter were included in her lawsuit. “You’re lying. You know you were shot inside that house. We ain’t going to help you because you are lying.”

“Mister, he isn’t lying,” replied Green, who had no criminal record. “He came from down that way running, calling me to call the ambulance.”

The officer, who is not identified in the lawsuit, wanted to go into the basement, but Green demanded a warrant. Her grandson kept two dogs downstairs and she feared they would attack. The officer unhooked the lock, but Green latched it. He shoved Green against the wall.

She hit the wooden floor. “Bitch, you ain’t no better than any of the other old black bitches I have locked up,” Green recalled the officer saying as he stood over her. “He pulled me up, pushed me in the dining room over the couch, put his knees in my back, twisted my arms and wrist and put handcuffs on my hands and threw me face down on the couch.”

After pulling Green to her feet, the officer told her she was under arrest. Green complained of pain. “My neck and shoulder are hurting,” Green told him. “Please take these handcuffs off.” An African-American officer then walked in the house, saw her sobbing and asked that the handcuffs be removed since Green wasn’t violent. The cuffs came off, and Green didn’t face any charges. But a broken shoulder tormented her for months.

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