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Mass Shootings in America - The Numbers Keep Rising

Since 1982 there have been more than 85 public mass shootings in America in 34 different states.  48 of the shootings have occurred since 2006.  This is a very disturbing trend that needs to be reversed.  What exactly is the cause of this rise in violence?  Guns have been around for decades, people have been around even longer - which has changed?  More than likely it's the people who have changed.  Aside from the scenario where a student or employee goes into a workplace where they have been fired or a school where they have been bullied and take aim, people in general just seem more angry.

There is a population of people who crave attention and the media attention these events generates may be a motivating factor. Even negative attention is attention.  It really seems to have started in full swing following the Columbine shootings in Colorado.  Those two young men are actually idolized by many misguided youth - because of the "strength" and courage it must have taken to walk into your own school and kill so many people.  They felt persecuted and bullied and they were not going to stand for that for that when they had guns to fire.

I'm not blaming the video game industry, but many of these teen aged shooters end up being proficient in violent video games in which killing people is actually glorified and makes the player a winner.  This isnt' real life. The video fails to show the victims families devastation, the funerals, the grief.  This is a fantasy world that sometimes they cannot separate from the real world. Other kids may not feel they have any other way to deal with a problem if they have been bullied or picked on throughout their high school years.  Bullying isn't new - I can remember people making fun of our center on the girls basketball team because of her height - she was 6'7.  That was tall back in 1982.  It's still tall today but even more so then.  We stuck up for her against the bullies on the other team.  Not one of us thought of bringing a weapon and using it to kill the bullies.  Times have changed and it's changed people.

Naturally only a portion of the mass shootings are committed by teenagers.  There are plenty of adults who should know right from wrong yet they choose to commit these acts anyway.  Perhaps they are suicidal and angry and want to take out as many people with them before they die.  Again, they may feel persecuted, picked on, laughed at - and feel like they have not been successful in life as they had hoped.  This description fits many people - life can be tough.  People lose jobs, lose relationships, lose houses and experience financial problems.  Thankfully not everyone responds with violence.

I can remember the fire drills at school.  I remember earthquake drills, being evacuated from class.  I can't imagine this generation being so accustomed to "active shooter" drills.  The fact that they are makes me sad.  So what do we do as a society? How can we collectively make the world a better and safer place?  I don't have the answer.  I know we can each try to be better people, let a car in a heavy traffic area, smile, hold the door open for someone else.  Random acts of kindness are so much better than random acts of violence.

Can we start a campaign of kindness in an effort to offset the violence we are saturated with every time the news comes on?  Let's give it a go.  It can't hurt, right?


Vehicle Transporting Det. Sean Suiter to Hospital After Shooting Was in an Accident

We are just now hearing details about the car & officer rushing Detective Sean Suiter to the hospital after he was shot was involved in an accident.  An ambulance arrived and transported him, where he later died of the gunshot injury.

I may have missed this detail earlier when researching this story, but I think I'd recall a detail such as this - another "coincidence"?  Reportedly he was being rushed to a trauma hospital by another officer when the collision happened.  Authorities say the delay in transport and the accident itself did not contribute to his eventual death.

Authorities also believe the shooter may be wounded - more than one round was fired from Suiter's service gun - guess that itself would blow the suicide theory out of the water, right Commissioner Davis?  Or did he try once and miss and then try to kill himself a second time and succeeded?  Outrageous theory.

There is a growing reward fund of over $200,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.  Hopefully the reward will entice somebody who is in the know to come forward and help authorities.  Even people against snitching can't ignore that type of windfall.  I will continue to follow this story to it's conclusion because I really want to know what happened and why.    




Martin Martinez Murder Trial - Court Documents Provide Aggravating Evidence in Crews' Murder

Amanda Crews, Elizabeth Ripley, Martin Martinez
Thanks to the Internet, we can take a peek into the justice system and review court documents relating to criminal trials in Stanislaus County.  They don't divulge all, but there is some telling information to be found in the case of CA vs. Martin Martinez.  Martinez is facing a total of 6 murder charges in 2 separate cases (that may be combined) for the killings of his girlfriend (or ex-girlfriend) Dr. Amanda Crews, Rachel, who was his own 6 month old daughter with Crews, Elizabeth Crews - Amanda Crews 6 year old daughter with ex husband Timothy Ripley and Martinez's own mother and niece were among his victims.  In a separate case, he stands accused of aggravated child abuse and murder in the death of 2 year old Christopher Ripley.  Christopher and Elizabeth were the children of Amanda Crews and Timothy Ripley but Martinez was reportedly close to both of the children.

Christopher suffered a fatal head injury in 2014 while under the care and supervision of Martin Martinez.  He died in a hospital two days later of massive head injuries.  The injuries were inconsistent with Martinez's changing stories of  how the injury happened and his death was subsequently ruled a homicide.  It's not surprising that a man facing 6 murder charges is facing the death penalty.  The death penalty is for these types of cases where an entire family has been eliminated from life on earth but the delays in getting to trial can be brutal for the families.

Martinez has plead not guilty to all charges and has remained in the Stanislaus County Jail since his arrest the day after the July, 2015 murders.  He has had several court appearances and subsequent delays in appearances.  I was at the last court date and saw him with my own two eyes.  I've only seen a few pictures of him prior to the court viewing and his look has changed substantially.  Gone is the short clean cut hair, instead Martinez now has hair that goes well beyond his shoulders and a beard and mustache.  He appears much heavier than prior photos - I would bet money that he is trying to bulk up for his eventual prison sentence because the CA prison system is full of very large inmates who don't appreciate killer's of women and children.

Martinez is facing a lifetime of having to look over his shoulder, and that's only IF he is spared the death penalty.  I'd have to say that a death sentence is more likely based on the sheer volume of murders and the violence and broken trust involved.  (Allegedly) killing 3 little girls aged from as young as 6 months to 6 years old is going to put a big target on his back in prison.  He also killed (sorry, allegedly) his own mother and 5 year old niece.  In the second case, he is accused of causing the death of a 2 year old little boy.  He'd better be bulking up because he is going to be a marked man when he enters prison.

According to the Stanislaus County Court's website, the state plans to enter aggravating evidence during the penalty phase including but not limited to:

  • Testimony of friends and relatives who discovered the victims bodies
  • Photographs and video of the victims in life
  • Victim impact evidence including testimony of family and close friends of the victims
  • The defendant's lack of remorse at the scene of the homicides
  • Evidence of the defendant's statements about the victims
  • Violence used to commit the homicides
  • Crime scene details showing advance planning and lack of remorse
  • All guilt phase evidence showing premeditation and deliberation, multiple murders and lying in wait
The State will also provide evidence of the defendant's character, background and history will include but not be limited to:
  • Defendant's prior acts of child abuse and domestic violence
I don't know what type of defense Martinez has planned, but it will have to be spectacular to spare his life if he did murder 6 people in cold blood.  It seems to me that in most cases if the defendant can be put at the scene of the crime via DNA evidence (his blood mixed with victims, etc.) then for a man who can't necessarily claim he was an abused boyfriend - he may go for an insanity plea or temporary insanity.  That's the only way he could try to explain away the excessive violence it would take to kill those 5 people he knew so well.  I personally think "temporary insanity" is a bunch of bull.  If you were sane enough to plan this out, and then lying in wait - and killing one person, and then the next and the next and the next and the next...3 of the 5 were little girls.  Cowardly act if I ever heard of one.

Martin Martinez is a scary looking man.  You often hear people talking about the hair on the back of their neck standing up or certain reactions in the presence of certain people - I had that very reaction.  I wouldn't want to be in a room alone with Martinez.  He had his back to the gallery but he just had an evil aura about him.  I believe there is another hearing scheduled for December 18 and then a more substantial hearing in late January of 2018.  If I'm here in Modesto, I'm planning on attending both.  It's fascinating to see the justice system in action.  There has been so little disclosed about this mass murder case that I want to hear the whole story from start to finish.

I don't have some morbid fascination with death.  I am just very interested in the criminal justice system and true crime cases.  This just happened to have happened in my back yard and I may never have the opportunity to attend this type of trial again.  I look forward to posting if I'm able to attend.

In the meantime, I'd like to find out more about Dr. Amanda Crews.  Everything I've read about her is "heart of gold" type of descriptions - but who was she?  What did she enjoy in life?  She obviously loved being a doctor and had many many patients who were devastated at the loss of her.  That says a lot about a person.  How did she end up in Modesto?  Where did she meet and marry Tim Ripley?  I'm inquisitive.  I'll keep digging until I find what I'm looking for.  This is a tragic story, but one I really would like to tell.  Have a great week!





Another Assist For Cold Justice Team - The Murder of Nori Jones

A murder that has haunted Pocatello, Idaho for 13 years is nearing a conclusion.  In September of 2004, 25 year old Nori Jones was found stabbed to death in her home.  Her body was discovered by worried colleagues the following day when she failed to show up for work and they went to her home to check on her.
Nori Jones
At the time of the murder, police found no real evidence to assist them in finding the perpetrator of this crime.  Only a partial finger print was found.  Fingernail scrapings and rings found on and off Jone's body were also kept in evidence for future comparison against potential suspects.  Ten long years went by before the arrest of 39 year old Brad Scott Compher, aka Ralph Roy Compher. Compher legally changed his name in 2008 to Brad.

Police believe Jones was killed during a botched robbery and may have been sexually assaulted.  Early suspects in the investigation included registered sex offenders Robert Roy Spillet Jr. and Lonnie Lee Haggard.  They were excluded as suspects.  Another early suspect was Torey Adamcik - Adamcik is incarcerated for the 200 6 murder of a Pocatello High School classmate (and friend) Cassie Jo Stoddard.  That case has been profiled on TV being compared to the "Scream" movie because the killers wore similar masks when they killed Stoddard.  That was another incredibly sad murder case, particularly since her two classmates were the killers and they planned the whole thing.R

Brad Compher
A fellow inmate came forward and claimed Adamcik admitted to killing Jones, and at the time of her murder Adamcik reportedly lived within 50 yards of Jone's house.  That seems like a reasonable person of interest, however he was eventually eliminated as a suspect as well.  The Cold Justice team spent 10 days in Pocatello and assisted police as witnesses were re interviewed.  Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary were said to be "invaluable" to the investigation into this murder.

Due to a grant by the Cold Justice production company, the DNA evidence was sent to a lab and the results were rushed back to the police department.  Compher became a person of interest when the partial fingerprint came back to him, although the police did not have enough evidence to link him to Jone's murder he remained under surveillance.  When he carelessly tossed a cigarette butt to the ground, that sealed his fate.  The police were watching him and they collected the still warm cigarette and sent it to the lab for comparison to the  DNA evidence and they got an absolute match.

Compher was arrested almost 10 years to the day after the murder of Jones.  He has plead not guilty and has been held without bail since the 2014 arrest.  His trial has been delayed several times and is tentatively scheduled for January of 2018.  Several law enforcement agencies have been credited with working to bring this case to conclusion - including the Pocatello PD, Idaho State Police, State Crime Lab, Bannock County Sheriff's Office, Chubbock PD, and the Cold Justice team.

There are an unprecedented number of murder cases going to trial in this county which has been a factor in delays in the Compher murder trial.  If he does go to trial in 2018, it will have been 14 years after the murder.  Whoever said the wheels of justice turn slowly was spot on!  Happy to hear Yolanda McClary is back on the show - or appearing in some episodes because these two are a great pairing.  Add Johnnie Bonds and you've got a great trio.  Fun to watch and they actually help solve these cold cases.  That's pretty incredible television.  Keep watching - we want a 6th season!  Thank you to Oxygen for picking up this great true crime series. 


Suicide Theory Puts Det. Sean Suiter's Benefits at Risk

Baltimore Police Commissioner Davis' continues to contend they cannot yet rule out suicide in the shooting death of veteran Detective Sean Suiter.  I've always believed this to be the most ridiculous of theories, mostly because the commish has contradicted himself at every turn - describing a brief but violent struggle with the unknown suspicious man before Suiter being shot in the head with his own holstered service revolver.

Signs of a violent struggle and a radio transmission call for help from Suiter certainly point away at the suicide theory.  Witnesses who don't want to be named as well as Suiter's partner that day have given vague descriptions of this suspicious man in the vacant lot - unless he struggled with Suiter trying to prevent him from killing himself, this is a bogus theory.  That would make suspicious man a witness and not a suspect.  I think in order to show a little compassion to Sean Suiter's grieving family, they need to rule this suicide theory out and quickly.  

If an officer is killed in the line of duty, certain benefits kick in that could help the family survive after losing their father & husband and his income.  The family could be eligible for $1,000.00 per week in workers compensation benefits as well as lump sum payouts from state & federal governments, a special pension arrangement and more.  The value could be several hundreds of thousands of dollars.  This would also be a show of support to the family and I feel they are dishonoring this detective by even considering suicide under these circumstances.  They may need to rule it out, but quit putting it out there in the media!  What I don't see the commish considering is that the indicted officers, or in particular Officer Jenkins being mentioned as persons of interest.  After all, Jenkins would have likely benefited from Suiter's death - hopefully he had a taped deposition on the drug planting case against Jenkins that can be used in court, but Suiter was due to testify before a Federal Grand Jury the day after he was killed and Jenkins involvement in the heroin planting incident surely was on the list of questions he was due to answer to.

The Suiter family deserves better from the police department.  He was an 18 year veteran, and as far as I know he was a good officer.  He was not part of the dirty cop squad, robbing and pillaging their own community.  He deserves to be portrayed as such - not a suicidal man who set up an elaborate scenario to make it appear he was murdered while really committing suicide.  Ridiculous.

If the FBI and/or another outside agency takes over this investigation I feel there is a much better chance for the truth to come out and the shooter will be identified - and who was behind the shooting will be known.  I'm praying for the resolution of this case so Det. Suiter's family can collect the benefits they are entitled to.  Losing their father and husband is bad enough, but losing out on death benefits because of a ridiculous theory of suicide is just a slap in the face of this man.  Come on Commissioner Davis, do you have a heart?

Former AZ Police Officer Acquitted in Shooting Death of Unarmed Man

A former Arizona police officer has been acquitted by a jury of second degree murder and reckless manslaughter for the January 2016 shooting death of 26 year old David Shaver. The incident occurred after a call from a La Quinta Inn that someone was pointing a gun outside a window of a fifth floor room. 

Responding officers believed David Shaver was the person with the gun and ordered him out of his room.  A nearly 5 minute video has been made public of the incident, in which Mr. Shaver can be seen on his knees with his hands behind his head - following all of the commands of the shouting officer.  Shaver can be heard begging for his life and appeared to be sobbing and confused as he followed instructions to crawl down the hallway towards the officers.

Former officer Philip "Mitch" Brailsford shot David Shaver 5 times as he inched forward (as commanded to) towards him.  His reason for the shooting was that Shaver was allegedly reaching for something in his waistband - another officer reviewing the video said it appeared Shaver was pulling his pants up.  Either way, in the video the officer seems very angry and aggressive.  If he perceived Shaver had a gun and was reaching for it, why did he have to shoot him 5 times?  Wouldn't once had been enough to disarm him? Shaver did not have any weapons found on his body.


I understand officers have a difficult job and have to make split second decisions but after hearing and viewing this video, the shooting seems excessive and unnecessary.  Watch it for yourself and see what you think.  
David Shaver - 26 year old married father of two shot by officer

The acquittal on all charges was surprising.  David Shaver's widow plans to file a $75,000,000 lawsuit against the police for excessive force.  Mr. Shaver also leaves behind 2 children.  Two pellet rifles were discovered in Shaver's hotel room - it seems likely he may have been the one seen at the 5th floor window. If I hadn't watched the video and heard David Shaver begging the officers not to shoot him, I may have a different opinion of this shooting but it's disturbing that this former officer fired an assault rifle 5 times at a man crawling on the hallway floor and following the instructions of law enforcement.  The officer's voice is also concerning - quite frankly he sounds pissed off.  Maybe something happened before the body camera began recording but I didn't see or hear anything to justify the seemingly angry officers commands.

David Shaver seemed clearly confused and the man was sobbing.  He seemed to be in emotional distress but not dangerous!  Another senseless shooting.  Do police just get a pass when they kill someone in this manner?  I believe his widow would win an excessive force suit because it doesn't seem like it was necessary to fire 5 shots into this man. Officer Brailsford was terminated immediately by Mesa Police Chief John Meza after he reviewed the case and video footage.  Smart move.  My condolences to the family of David Shaver.  I don't believe the police had to shoot him and I hope you prevail in your civil suit.

Baltimore Police Commissioner "Still Not Ruling Out Suicide" in Det. Suiter's Death

Baltimore Police Commissioner Davis reportedly has stated that they still are not ruling out suicide in the shooting death of Detective Sean Suiter.  This is the most ridiculous theory yet and makes me even more suspicious that the department has something to hide.  How can there be a "brief but violent" struggle - even heard on a brief radio transmission call for help by Suiter and this be a suicide?  I seriously doubt a detective who was planning to kill himself would make a radio call for help with a suspicious man.  The struggle theory was based on Suiter's clothing - there are witnesses who don't want to be identified who saw a subject running down an alleyway after the shooting.  How can they raise this ridiculous theory?  What a slap in the face to Det. Suiter's family.  What is the theory based on?  Was he suicidal?  Was he in financial trouble or did he have marital problems?  If they are going to put this theory out there they should explain why they believe this is plausible.

I don't buy it for one minute.  Why would he kill himself while on duty with a partner in a public place?  This theory needs to be put to rest and they need to focus on finding the shooter.  Find the shooter and you will find out who was really behind this murder.  It seems much more likely that Suiter's fellow officers who were facing serious federal charges had motive to want him dead.  Particularly the officer that set Suiter up to find the planted drugs in the car of a person they had pulled over.  If these officers have admitted to and plead guilty to the serious crimes they committed while on duty, why is it so hard to believe they could have something to do with Suiter's murder? They need to explain the basis of the suicide theory or keep it out of the news.  How disrespectful to his family these statements are.

The people of Baltimore want answers - Suiter's funeral was attended by thousands of people who turned out to show support and respect for the murdered detective.  I believe the truth will come out.  The mayor of Baltimore needs to tie a big fat reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer and somebody out there will talk.  The murder took place in a reportedly "troubled and dangerous" part of Baltimore.  People there may jump at the chance to collect a reward for information.  Even if they need to make a deal with the killer if he/she was hired to kill Suiter, it would be worth it to find the truth.

Det. Sean Suiter's funeral (ydr.com)

Det. Suiter's funeral (ydr.com)


Unlikely Hero's of Aztec High School Shooting Include 74 Year Old Teacher

Teacher Kathleen "Katie" Potter (courtesy of Kathleen Potter)
There is a report out praising a 74 year old substitute teacher as a hero for barricading her classroom with a couch.  Kathleen Potter is the substitute teacher who wedged a couch up against the door in an effort to keep her students safe.  She didn't have a key to lock the classroom door, so she hid the students in a storage room and put a couch against the door.  Talk about quick thinking and pretty darned impressive for a 74 year old woman.  Our hats are off to you Mrs. Potter!  The gunman was able to enter the classroom and began shooting at the room where the 17 students were hiding on the ground.  Thankfully nobody was hit.  Potter said she has actually
Kathleen "Katie" Potter
gone through several active shooter drills throughout her teaching career and that prepared her for what happened that day.  She's a hero in my eyes.


Also credited with bravery is school custodian Thomas Hill.  He reportedly first heard the shots and saw the shooter.  He followed him and warned school officials to lock down the school.  He showed extreme bravery for actually following a man with a gun who was shooting at random.  If not for these brave acts and a very fast police response, who knows how bad this could have been.  It seems clear that 21 year old William Atchison intended to kill as many people as he could as he was found with "multiple" magazines on him.

It has been determined that he encountered victim Francisco Fernandez in the restroom and shot him, walked into the hallway and then encountered the second victim - Casey Marquez.  He shot and killed her. Atchison continued through the hallway shooting off rounds.  I can't imagine what would have happened had the students been just entering school or at their lockers.  They would not have stood a chance.  Two victims is bad enough, but thankfully it wasn't as bad as the cowardly shooter intended. 

William Atchison reportedly lived with his parents in Aztec and worked at a gas station.  There are reports that in 2016, there was a Federal Investigation into comments Atchison made in an online gaming room about committing a mass shooting using an assault rifle - he was looking for advice!  When the FBI interviewed Atchison about the perceived threat, he was said to be "cooperative" and convinced the FBI he was just "trolling the Internet".  The case was closed as no crime had been committed.  This just goes to show no threat should be taken lightly.  I'm sure there are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of comments online that could be similar in nature and it's nearly impossible to predict who would really follow through with a mass shooting.  It's just a shame there was a red flag last year and there were still fatalities.

Aztec Vigil
I believe there are just too many guns in America.  You don't hear about mass shootings very often in countries with strict gun control laws.  There are still tragedies and murders, but not these mass shootings that are becoming all too familiar across America.  

Also credited with limiting the casualties is the Aztec Police Department, who reportedly were dispatched and arrived within minutes.  See below for the dispatch call:

Courtesy of Broadcastify.com and Channel 4 KOB
This is a good police story, as opposed to the Baltimore PD mess I've been writing about for the last week.  Thankfully the Aztec PD was alert and ready to go - they weren't out robbing citizens or assisting drug organizations with their heroin distribution business.  OK, I know that was cynical but I'm still so outraged at the broken trust of these officers who are supposed to protect and serve, not rob and pillage.

Back to Aztec High School.  Students, teachers and to the whole community - we feel your pain and will not forget what you lost on that awful day.  We stand with you and support you fully and pray that your pain lessens with time.  God bless your community.



Charges on More Than 125 Criminal Cases To Be Dropped Due To Crooked Gun Trace Task Force


I hate to say "I told you so", but I did tell you so.  According to the Baltimore Sun, Prosecutors reported that the number of criminal cases that have been or are planning on being dropped because they were reliant on the testimony of the indicted Baltimore PD "Elite" Gun Trace Task Force has reached 125.  I'm betting it will rise faster than a hot IPO once everything is said and done. 

How can we believe the testimony of officers who have admitted to robbing people, planting evidence, falsifying police reports and other offenses?  Who are the real criminals here?  The domino's are just going to keep falling.  This isn't going away for a long time. I'm betting every inmate who was arrested by any of these officers has contacted their attorneys already and should get new trials at the very least. I can't imagine the number of lawsuits and settlements that will follow due to people not getting a fair trial or being arrested under trumped up charges.

There are dozens of cases under review according to the Baltimore Sun.  Nearly three dozen cases involving the indicted officers have been reviewed and the outcomes stand, because the case was not dependent on the testimony of the indicted officer.  Prosecutors say dozens of cases involving the officers and drug or gun charges are being reviewed.  This is going to take a lot of manpower and the cost to the city of Baltimore will be (and should be) staggering.  Let this be a lesson for any other unit that thinks they are above the law.  You can get caught and your shield will not protect you from the consequences of your actions.

I read something else that was very troubling on the Baltimore Sun site.  There have also been three separate investigations into police arrests in which their body camera footage picked up some questionable images in which officers can be seen planting evidence, according to defense attorneys.  If true, another disturbing find. Naturally the officers have denied planting evidence.  It would be prudent to get an outside source clean up and review the video evidence so we can be reasonably certain nothing has been altered.  These types of stories can make the citizens paranoid - and for good reason. 

On Monday, Prosecutors announced they have dropped or will drop more than 200 criminal cases linked to officers involved in the recorded incidents.  Another STAGGERING number of cases, more potential for lawsuits and settlements.  If people's civil rights are being stomped on by the police than the city better get out their checkbook and start righting their wrongs.  

To say that the Baltimore PD is experiencing problems would be a gross understatement.  First the indicted gun trace task force and now the questionable body camera footage allegedly showing the planting of evidence and bad arrests.  Wow.  Find one more major snafu and you'd have yourself a trifecta.

Some of the really hideous incidents I've read about involving the arrogant gun task force members include:


  • Three of the officers stopped a man on the street , searched his car without a warrant, took him home and stole $1500.00 from him.  The victim was a supervisor at a nursing home.  Det Rayam wrote a false report and failed to report the theft of the victim's money.
  • Five of the officers stopped a man leaving his storage facility and stole $2,000 from a sock containing $4800.  They lied about having a search warrant. 
  • Four of the officers arrested a man and they confiscated (and kept) drugs and approximately $6,000 of the $21,500 in cash they located in the car.  Hey, at least they turned in MOST of the dirty drug money. However, after that they went to the mans home and stole $200,000 from him as well as an expensive wrist watch from a safe deposit box.
I really don't need to hear any more, do you?  These guys were outright crooks.  How they remained on active duty for as long as some of them were is a mystery.  It makes you wonder at what point did they turn to the dark side?  I It's mind blowing.  If this is what we know to be true, I can only imagine what still hasn't been exposed.  I want to know who killed Detective Sean Suiter.  That's what keeps me coming back to this story.  I'll continue to come back to it until we need the team from "Cold Justice" to come take a look! Wouldn't that be something to see.........


More Details on Aztec High School Shooting

Slowly more information is coming forth about the shooting at Aztec High School that left 3 people dead in New Mexico.  Two of the deceased were students and the third was the shooter. According to KOB.com the shootings were planned by a former student identified as 21 year old William Atchison from Aztec.  

Suspected shooter, William Atchison (KOB.com)
Atchison apparently gained access to the school by "disguising himself" as a high school student.  At 21 years old that probably wasn't too difficult to do. According to law enforcement officials who executed a search warrant at Atchison's residence, a piece of paper was found that pointed to planning of this event.  It reportedly said "work, pack up, prep, walk, die".  The paper was found in a wastebasket.  There was more evidence discovered on a thumb drive for Atchison's computer that pointed to a planned attack.  According to the Aztec Police Chief, Atchison purchased the handgun used in the attack legally in November and he had several magazines with him.  

The first victim he went after was Francisco Fernandez - he was killed in the boy's restroom.  There has been no motive for the murder of Fernandez offered and police believe he was a random target.  Atchison then reportedly walked up and down the school hallways "firing at random".  It's surprising that he was not able to gain access to a classroom full of students and shoot at them.  The death toll could have been a lot higher.  Thankfully the police were reportedly there within a minute of the distress call.

KOB.com is reporting that the police shot out windows to gain access to the locked down school just moments before Atchison killed himself.  Law enforcement officials are praising the actions of the school officials who quickly made that announcement and locked down the school so quickly.  I went to high school in a small town, and I can't imagine this happening.  Everyone knows everyone in these small communities which makes it that much more devastating.


Casey Jordan-Marquez & Francisco "Paco" Fernandez (GoFundMe)
These two beautiful lives have been lost - for what?  Was it random?  What did Atchison have against Aztec High students?  Police officials believe Francisco was in the wrong place at the wrong time - the restroom.  He wouldn't have stood a chance trapped in a bathroom with a gunman.  How cowardly can a killer be?  I feel the motive for all of this will be revealed when law enforcement completes their investigation and the findings on Atchison's hard drive may be telling.  Did he even know the victims?  One thing is for sure, there were many people who did know and love these two innocent young people with their whole lives ahead of them.  Why why why does this keep happening?  It's such a disturbing trend.

I worry constantly about my sister Kathy and her husband Robert, both of whom are long time high school teachers.  They have next to nothing in the way of security at their school.  Every time I hear one of these stories I pray it's not THEIR school.  

What can we as US Citizens do to combat this growing trend of gun violence?  It's not just at schools, churches are not even sacred.  It's truly frightening what's happening out there.  Why is our society becoming so violent?  You always hope that love overcomes hate and peace prevails over war.  That doesn't seem to be the case but we can't give up on our society.  Something needs to be fixed and we are the ones who need to brainstorm and contact our local and state legislators and demand change.  It can happen if we stand together.  The world is going in the wrong direction and we need to correct this before the next generation is so used to "active shooter" drills that it doesn't phase them.

This is no video game, and these aren't some avatars gettinCMarg gunned down.  This is real life and these are real people with real families, friends, hopes and dreams.  I for one am pissed!  This needs to stop.  President Trump, what are you going to do to get the ball rolling??

It's Happened Again - Shooting at New Mexico High School Kills Two + Shooter

I can't believe this is happening again.  Shootings at high schools are becoming all too common.  I can't imagine being afraid of somebody bringing a gun to school when I was in high school (decades ago).

This time the shooting happened at a high school in a small town called Aztec in New Mexico.  Two students were killed, Casey Marquez and Francisco Fernandez.  The shooter has not yet been identified but he apparently too was killed.  It's unclear whether he died by suicide or if the police shot him.  Students described hiding in classrooms and being terrified.  Not much is yet known about the students that were killed but Casey Marquez was apparently a cheerleader.


Aztec High School, New Mexico (AP News)
According to AP News a vigil was held for the slain classmates.  Police have said more information will be released.  Senior Bryn Divine says she first heard noises that sounded like somebody hitting the lockers with a baseball bat.  An announcement was made over the intercom that this was not a drill.  That announcement may have saved many lives as teachers began locking the classroom doors.  This sounds like it could have been much worse.  The police reportedly responded to the call for help within a minute, gaining entrance to the school through a window and door since the school was already locked down.

Aztec High, AP News

Press Conference - AP News

Vigil for Aztec High - AP News

It sounds like Aztec High was well prepared for an "active shooter" situation, which is sad.  It's sad the children have to even think about what could happen while they are at school to learn.  Aztec is a small town of approximately 6,500 people so this is hitting them hard.  SOMETHING MUST BE DONE WITH GUN CONTROL.  How many of these stories will we have to endure before the government gets involved and enacts more federal laws and tightens the screws to the NRA? The NRA seemingly will do anything to protect peoples rights to own a gun.  It is a right, but it's supposed to be for self protection and hunting - not hunting humans.


I realize it's people that are doing the killing.  The guns don't aim and shoot.  But it seems that guns are too readily available and they are getting into the hands of people who shouldn't be anywhere near a weapon.  It seems Columbine started this whole school shooting scenario and not to downplay only two people being killed here, but if the school administration and police hadn't acted so quickly it could have been as bad.  This happened right as school was beginning - first period.  Some students are afraid to go back to school and want teachers to be allowed to carry guns.  Not a bad idea, but I suppose you could get a rogue teacher as well.  What is the answer to this epidemic?

No motive has been given for the shooting - all that is known is that both of the students killed were reportedly student athletes. The police haven't even said if the shooter was a current or former student at Aztec High.  When more details are released, I will post them.

My thoughts and prayers are with all involved in this tragedy.  What is happening to our country?C





Former Baltimore PD Task Force Supervisor Thomas Allers Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

Sgt. Thomas Allers plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy, admitting he robbed citizens for years and he alerted members of the Gun Trace Task Force of investigations into their crimes and many other things.  He faces up to 20 years in prison.  Allers is the fifth of the group to plead guilty and the highest ranking.  Allers admitted to participating in 9 robberies between 2014-2016 in which he netted $100,000.  His son also participated in a "raid" in which the two pocketed $66,000.  The son has not been charged with that crime as of yet.

The five that have now plead guilty are Sgt. Allers, Det. Gondo, Det. Rayam, Det. Hendricks, and Det. Maurice Ward.  There are two indicted officers who are going to trial, tentatively scheduled for January.  The name I don't see in this report is Kevin Jenkins - the officer who planted "
a cache" of heroin in a car during a traffic stop and set up Det. Suiter to find the drugs.  Where is his plea?  More importantly, where was he when Suiter was gunned down?  Jenkins was a dirty cop and I'm sure he knew plenty of "suspicious men" who owed him favors.  Was this payback for a favor to Jenkins?  Suiter was about to testify against Jenkins the following day.  Hmmmm.  Makes you wonder.

Know what also makes me wonder?  How can so many people from a task force become dirty?  Was it that easy or tempting for them? Was it about the money or just getting away with it because they could?  Power corrupts.  Stories such as this is why people are increasingly afraid of the police and getting pulled over by the police.  Especially at risk are African American males and any female.  Females have reportedly been assaulted in squad cars in other jurisdictions across the country.  The police have the badge on their side.  They believe a jury will take their word over any perpetrator's word.  How many police crimes have gone unpunished/undetected?  I hate to think of how big that number may be.

I'm not saying all police departments are corrupt.  Most are brave and upstanding and take great pride in their work.  They protect the public and run into dangerous situations to keep us safe.  These few dirty departments really tarnish the good work of all of the other good police departments.  The LAPD had a big problem years ago as well - police brutality.  The Rodney King beating, the LA riots - that was a mess.  The citizens fought back, there were fires, property damage and more police brutality.  That culture has to change.
These Baltimore PD Task Force officers seem more like a criminal gang operating under their own rules.  Thankfully they got caught and hopefully none of them will escape the net of justice.

Baltimore PD Needs to "Drain the Swamp"

This is outrageous, how a police department can systematically and without consequence get away with this type of conduct - here is a report I found on the Department of Justice Website from 2016.  The BPD has been shady for some time now.  I'm NOT saying the entire police force is dirty, but when you have this many public problems it makes you wonder what we don't yet know about.

You cannot have a police department with officers on the take, working with drug dealers and pulling over people without probable cause, planting evidence and all other sorts of violations of people's Constitutional rights.  This police commissioner needs to go.  What was Trump's calling card during his campaign, "Drain the Swamp".  The Baltimore PD needs to drain the swamp and quickly.

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Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Justice Department Announces Findings of Investigation into Baltimore Police Department

Justice Department Finds a Pattern of Civil Rights Violations by the Baltimore Police Department
The Justice Department announced today that it found reasonable cause to believe that the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) engages in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution as well as federal anti-discrimination laws.  BPD makes stops, searches and arrests without the required justification; uses enforcement strategies that unlawfully subject African Americans to disproportionate rates of stops, searches and arrests; uses excessive force; and retaliates against individuals for their constitutionally-protected expression.  The pattern or practice results from systemic deficiencies that have persisted within BPD for many years and has exacerbated community distrust of the police, particularly in the African-American community.  The city and the department have also entered into an agreement in principle to work together, with community input, to create a federal court-enforceable consent decree addressing the deficiencies found during the investigation.
“Public trust is critical to effective policing and public safety,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.  “Our investigation found that Baltimore is a city where the bonds of trust have been broken, and that the Baltimore Police Department engaged in a pattern or practice of unlawful and unconstitutional conduct, ranging from the use of excessive force to unjustified stops, seizures and arrests.  The results of our investigation raise serious concerns, and in the days ahead, the Department of Justice will continue working tirelessly to ensure that all Baltimoreans enjoy the safety, security and dignity they expect and deserve.  I am grateful to all of the community members, local officials, faith leaders and current and former police officers who spoke with us during the course of our inquiry, and whose input will remain critical to our efforts as we move forward.  Additionally, I commend the city and BPD for its proactive and collaborative approach to our inquiry and for demonstrating a strong commitment to restoring public confidence by already taking steps to make needed changes.  I look forward to continuing our work together to implement urgent and necessary reforms.”
“We found that BPD has engaged in a pattern or practice of serious violations of the U.S. Constitution and federal law that has disproportionately harmed Baltimore’s African-American community and eroded the public’s trust in the police,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division.  “The agency also fails to provide officers with the guidance, oversight and resources they need to police safely, constitutionally and effectively.  In communities across America, even in communities where trust has been broken, we’ve seen transformative reform rebuild relationships and advance public safety.  In the weeks ahead, as we negotiate our consent decree with the city, we will seek input from law enforcement and community members.  With the city and commissioner’s commitment to reform, I am optimistic that we will work to drive that same progress in Baltimore.”
In May 2015, Attorney General Lynch announced the comprehensive investigation into the BPD after considering requests from city officials and hearing directly from community members about a potential pattern or practice of constitutional violations.  The investigation focused on BPD’s use of force, including deadly force; stops, searches and arrests; and discriminatory policing.
In the course of its pattern or practice investigation, the department interviewed and met with city leaders and police officials, including BPD Commissioner Kevin Davis, former commissioners and numerous officers throughout all ranks of the police department; accompanied line officers on dozens of ride-alongs in every police district; conducted hundreds of interviews and participated in meetings with community members, activists, and other stakeholders; reviewed hundreds of thousands of pages of police documents, including all relevant policies and training materials; and analyzed BPD’s data on internal affairs, use of force, sexual assault cases and pedestrian stops, searches and arrests.
During the course of its investigation, the department found that the legacy of “zero tolerance” street enforcement, along with deficient policies, training and accountability systems, resulted in conduct that routinely violates the Constitution and federal anti-discrimination law.  Throughout the investigation, the department heard consistently from both the community and law enforcement that BPD requires significant reforms to address problems that undermine its efforts to police constitutionally and effectively.
The department found reasonable cause to believe that BPD engages in a pattern or practice of:
  • Conducting stops, searches and arrests without meeting the requirements of the Fourth Amendment;
  • Focusing enforcement strategies on African Americans, leading to severe and unjustified racial disparities in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Safe Streets Act;
  • Using unreasonable force in violation of the Fourth Amendment;
  • Interacting with individuals with mental health disabilities in a manner that violates the Americans with Disabilities Act; and
  • Interfering with the right to free expression in violation of the First Amendment.
The department also identified serious concerns about other BPD practices, including an inadequate response to reports of sexual assault, which may result, at least in part, from underlying gender bias.  Another significant concern identified by the department was transport practices that place detainees at significant risk of harm.
In the agreement in principle, both parties agreed that compliance with the consent decree will be reviewed by an independent monitor.  The agreement in principle highlights specific areas of reform to be included in the consent decree, including:
  • Policies, training, data collection and analysis to allow for the assessment of officer activity and to ensure that officers’ actions conform to legal and constitutional requirements;
  • Technology and infrastructure to ensure capability to effectively monitor officer activity;
  • Officer support to ensure that officers are equipped to perform their jobs effectively and constitutionally; and
  • Community policing strategies to guide all aspects of BPD’s operations and help rebuild the relationship between BPD and the various communities it serves. 
The agreement in principle provides a framework for change, but the department will be doing community outreach to solicit input in developing comprehensive reforms.  Comments may be provided by email at Community.Baltimore@usdoj.gov (link sends e-mail).  
Throughout the department’s investigation, BPD leadership remained receptive to preliminary feedback and technical assistance, and started the process of implementing reforms.  BPD leadership has proactively taken steps to address some of the findings, including updating its policies, instituting new trainings and responding to other issues identified by the department.  While these measures are an important start to cooperative reform, a comprehensive agreement is still needed to remedy all of the department’s findings.
In October 2014, city and BPD leadership requested to enter a collaborative reform process with the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS office).  While the Civil Rights Division opened the pattern or practice investigation in May 2015, the COPS office, the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs and others have maintained their ongoing efforts to offer federal resources, such as technical assistance, to the BPD, city officials and community leaders.
This investigation was conducted by the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section with the assistance of law enforcement professionals pursuant to the pattern or practice provision of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.  Over the last seven years, the Special Litigation Section has opened 23 investigations into law enforcement agencies.  The section is enforcing 17 agreements with law enforcement agencies, including 14 consent decrees and one post-judgment order.  For more information on the Civil Rights Division and the Special Litigation Section, please visit www.justice.gov/crt.
BPD Findings Report
BPD Agreement in Principle
BPD Executive Summary
SPL Police Accomplishments 8.10.16
Topic(s): 
Civil Rights
Component(s): 
Press Release Number: 
16-927
e News

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Justice Department Announces Findings of Investigation into Baltimore Police Department

Justice Department Finds a Pattern of Civil Rights Violations by the Baltimore Police Department
The Justice Department announced today that it found reasonable cause to believe that the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) engages in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution as well as federal anti-discrimination laws.  BPD makes stops, searches and arrests without the required justification; uses enforcement strategies that unlawfully subject African Americans to disproportionate rates of stops, searches and arrests; uses excessive force; and retaliates against individuals for their constitutionally-protected expression.  The pattern or practice results from systemic deficiencies that have persisted within BPD for many years and has exacerbated community distrust of the police, particularly in the African-American community.  The city and the department have also entered into an agreement in principle to work together, with community input, to create a federal court-enforceable consent decree addressing the deficiencies found during the investigation.
“Public trust is critical to effective policing and public safety,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.  “Our investigation found that Baltimore is a city where the bonds of trust have been broken, and that the Baltimore Police Department engaged in a pattern or practice of unlawful and unconstitutional conduct, ranging from the use of excessive force to unjustified stops, seizures and arrests.  The results of our investigation raise serious concerns, and in the days ahead, the Department of Justice will continue working tirelessly to ensure that all Baltimoreans enjoy the safety, security and dignity they expect and deserve.  I am grateful to all of the community members, local officials, faith leaders and current and former police officers who spoke with us during the course of our inquiry, and whose input will remain critical to our efforts as we move forward.  Additionally, I commend the city and BPD for its proactive and collaborative approach to our inquiry and for demonstrating a strong commitment to restoring public confidence by already taking steps to make needed changes.  I look forward to continuing our work together to implement urgent and necessary reforms.”
“We found that BPD has engaged in a pattern or practice of serious violations of the U.S. Constitution and federal law that has disproportionately harmed Baltimore’s African-American community and eroded the public’s trust in the police,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division.  “The agency also fails to provide officers with the guidance, oversight and resources they need to police safely, constitutionally and effectively.  In communities across America, even in communities where trust has been broken, we’ve seen transformative reform rebuild relationships and advance public safety.  In the weeks ahead, as we negotiate our consent decree with the city, we will seek input from law enforcement and community members.  With the city and commissioner’s commitment to reform, I am optimistic that we will work to drive that same progress in Baltimore.”
In May 2015, Attorney General Lynch announced the comprehensive investigation into the BPD after considering requests from city officials and hearing directly from community members about a potential pattern or practice of constitutional violations.  The investigation focused on BPD’s use of force, including deadly force; stops, searches and arrests; and discriminatory policing.
In the course of its pattern or practice investigation, the department interviewed and met with city leaders and police officials, including BPD Commissioner Kevin Davis, former commissioners and numerous officers throughout all ranks of the police department; accompanied line officers on dozens of ride-alongs in every police district; conducted hundreds of interviews and participated in meetings with community members, activists, and other stakeholders; reviewed hundreds of thousands of pages of police documents, including all relevant policies and training materials; and analyzed BPD’s data on internal affairs, use of force, sexual assault cases and pedestrian stops, searches and arrests.
During the course of its investigation, the department found that the legacy of “zero tolerance” street enforcement, along with deficient policies, training and accountability systems, resulted in conduct that routinely violates the Constitution and federal anti-discrimination law.  Throughout the investigation, the department heard consistently from both the community and law enforcement that BPD requires significant reforms to address problems that undermine its efforts to police constitutionally and effectively.
The department found reasonable cause to believe that BPD engages in a pattern or practice of:
  • Conducting stops, searches and arrests without meeting the requirements of the Fourth Amendment;
  • Focusing enforcement strategies on African Americans, leading to severe and unjustified racial disparities in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Safe Streets Act;
  • Using unreasonable force in violation of the Fourth Amendment;
  • Interacting with individuals with mental health disabilities in a manner that violates the Americans with Disabilities Act; and
  • Interfering with the right to free expression in violation of the First Amendment.
The department also identified serious concerns about other BPD practices, including an inadequate response to reports of sexual assault, which may result, at least in part, from underlying gender bias.  Another significant concern identified by the department was transport practices that place detainees at significant risk of harm.
In the agreement in principle, both parties agreed that compliance with the consent decree will be reviewed by an independent monitor.  The agreement in principle highlights specific areas of reform to be included in the consent decree, including:
  • Policies, training, data collection and analysis to allow for the assessment of officer activity and to ensure that officers’ actions conform to legal and constitutional requirements;
  • Technology and infrastructure to ensure capability to effectively monitor officer activity;
  • Officer support to ensure that officers are equipped to perform their jobs effectively and constitutionally; and
  • Community policing strategies to guide all aspects of BPD’s operations and help rebuild the relationship between BPD and the various communities it serves. 
The agreement in principle provides a framework for change, but the department will be doing community outreach to solicit input in developing comprehensive reforms.  Comments may be provided by email at Community.Baltimore@usdoj.gov (link sends e-mail).  
Throughout the department’s investigation, BPD leadership remained receptive to preliminary feedback and technical assistance, and started the process of implementing reforms.  BPD leadership has proactively taken steps to address some of the findings, including updating its policies, instituting new trainings and responding to other issues identified by the department.  While these measures are an important start to cooperative reform, a comprehensive agreement is still needed to remedy all of the department’s findings.
In October 2014, city and BPD leadership requested to enter a collaborative reform process with the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS office).  While the Civil Rights Division opened the pattern or practice investigation in May 2015, the COPS office, the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs and others have maintained their ongoing efforts to offer federal resources, such as technical assistance, to the BPD, city officials and community leaders.
This investigation was conducted by the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section with the assistance of law enforcement professionals pursuant to the pattern or practice provision of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.  Over the last seven years, the Special Litigation Section has opened 23 investigations into law enforcement agencies.  The section is enforcing 17 agreements with law enforcement agencies, including 14 consent decrees and one post-judgment order.  For more information on the Civil Rights Division and the Special Litigation Section, please visit www.justice.gov/crt.
BPD Findings Report
BPD Agreement in Principle
BPD Executive Summary
SPL Police Accomplishments 8.10.16
Topic(s): 
Civil Rights
Component(s): 
Press Release Number: 
16-927

Donthe Lucas Arrested for Murder of Missing Girlfriend Kelsie Schelling

On February 4, 2013, 21 year old Kelsie Schelling told friends and family she was heading to Pueblo Colorado to tell boyfriend Donthe Lucas she was 8 weeks pregnant with their child.  She has never been seen since.  She and her unborn child remain missing, however there have been developments that law enforcement won't disclose that have led to the arrest of former basketball standout Donthe Lucas.  At the time of the incident, Lucas was playing for Northeastern Junior College.

Schelling's car was found in Pueblo ten days after she was reported missing.  No further details have been published about what evidence the car may have contained or what led to the arrest of Donthe Lucas. At the time he was served with the murder arrest warrant, he was in jail on charges of armed robbery.  I guess his basketball dreams have gone up in smoke.  How can a man kill his girlfriend simply because she is pregnant?  No motive has been given but this detail stands out as a possible catalyst for the murder.  Perhaps Donthe didn't want to be a father, didn't want to be tied to a woman because of his basketball dreams.  Who knows.  All we do know is the police had enough evidence to arrest him.  Now they want to brig Kelsie and her unborn baby home so they can have a proper burial.  This is so disturbing when murderers hide their victims bodies and rob the families and friends of having a place to honor and visit them.  Hopefully the charges and evidence will be enough for him to make some sort of deal to tell law enforcement where the body is in exchange for a lighter sentence.  I don't know if the DA is seeking the death penalty but since she was pregnant at the time of her presumed death it should be considered a double homicide.

What a beautiful young woman Kelsie was - 21 years old with her whole life in front of her.  Just a plain waste of life here.  If Donthe Lucas is responsible, it's time to do the right thing and tell them where she is.

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Kelsie Schelling
Donthe Lucas





Will the FBI Get Justice For Detective Sean Suiter??

I'm just another "armchair" detective/citizen who thinks the explanation into the circumstances surrounding Detective Sean Suiter's murder by a "random suspicious man" just doesn't pass the smell test.  There's a lot more to what happened in that vacant lot that I'm certain one day we will hear about.  Depending on who is involved and how intimidated those with the knowledge are, it may take a while.  But eventually the truth comes out.  I would be completely surprised if this were just another random crime.  There were too many things happening around Det. Suiter's life at the time of this incident. He was on the force for 18 years, and he gets murdered with his own weapon ONE DAY BEFORE his expected Federal Grand Jury testimony?  I mean come on.  You'd have to be completely naive to believe the Commissioner's assurances that the two are not connected.

Perhaps after the ugly ugly Freddie Gray incident, the Commissioner feels he has to protect the "integrity" of the Baltimore Police Department. The mere scope of what has been uncovered and the KNOWN number of law enforcement employees involved is staggering in itself.  To be tied so closely to a known criminal enterprise like the Shropshire Group has to be an embarrassment that won't easily be forgotten. I'm wondering how many cases will have to be re-tried, how many convictions overturned etc. because of the integrity of the officers involved with crime scenes and evidence removal?  When you know you have at least one officer planting heroin inside a car, who knows what else they would be willing to do. I don't know that murder is on that list, but I'm not ruling it out.

Now, according to the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Commissioner Davis are battling over whose idea it was to get the FBI involved in this case.  The Mayor says Davis only conceded because City Councilman Bernard Jack Young suggested they needed outside involvement and the FBI was a natural and neutral choice.  Davis says he was already considering the FBI before the Councilman's suggestion and the Mayor wants some credit for the suggestion as well.  What a bunch of children.  Seems to me (an outsider ) that the commish may have been a little afraid of what would be uncovered and that he wouldn't find out in time to put a spin on it.  How far up does the corruption go?  Even if you take the murder out of the equation, the corruption itself damages the entire BPD and it's reputation and it will be hard to overcome all of the allegations that will follow.  Once you've opened Pandora's box, watch out!!

All of the aforementioned city officials have been in contact with Det. Suiter's widow, which is commendable but I can't help but feel they are all in competition with each other instead of working together to find the real killer.  I want to see an actual re enactment of what went down in that vacant lot.  Has that been done, and if so - why the hell not?  It's easy enough to do.  The crime scene area may have surveillance cameras because it was known to be a dangerous neighborhood.  In fact, Suiter and his partner that day were said to be "canvasing" for leads for a triple homicide that occurred last December in that area.  

Commissioner Davis has already contradicted himself on several occasions about this incident.  He initially told the media there was a "brief but violent" struggle between Suiter and his assailant as the unknown subject managed to get Suiter's police issued gun out of it's holster - something I'm told is very difficult to do.  Later, the commish said there was nothing to indicate a struggle, and that's when the suicide possibility came out.  That was unbelievable to me - how could he do that to the Suiter family?  How would that even play out?  Suiter and partner approach suspicious man, Suiter hands him his gun and asks him to shoot him in the head?  Or they approach and Suiter takes the gun out and shoots himself in front of the unknown suspicious man.  Neither theory makes sense at all.  That sounds so desperate that it makes me a very suspicious lady!  I'd better steer clear of any vacant lots.

Take the suicide theory off the table right now.  If it was suicide, suspicious unknown subject is a witness and so is the partner.  As far as I know neither has come forward with any mention of suicide.  Big error on the commish's part. Why is he so desperate to point everything away from the next day Federal Grand Jury testimony?  It seems like the obvious place to start.  There are a lot of people in the BPD indicted, and there may be many more we don't even know about.  Then there's the Shropshire organization.  Are they looking hard at them?  After all, they control the heroin distribution in the Baltimore area.  That's their area to protect.

The Baltimore Sun has the full transcript of Commissioner Davis press conference held on Friday.  In it, he mentions "in fact the FBI, ATF, and DEA have all been embedded into the investigation from the very beginning".  Is that true?  He also acknowledges that "Detective Suiter was scheduled to appear before a Federal Grand Jury the day after he was killed pursuant to his knowledge of facts regarding a 2010 crime indicted just yesterday as part of the "Broken Boundaries" corruption investigation".  He further stated that he was informed that Detective Suiter was never a target of the corruption investigation and there was no information to connect his murder to the upcoming testimony.  Of course he's going to say that but how can he really? I'd imagine there are a ton of people who need to be interrogated.  Someone in the Baltimore PD knows something - there must be a connection.

A reporter then asked him about his comments about a physical confrontation and potentially a self inflicted gunshot wound.  He/she asked him to comment on that angle of the investigation but he would not.  Instead, he said they will go where the evidence leads them.  The FBI is trying to enhance a 2-3 second radio transmission from Det. Suiter that is unintelligible - when he was found, he still had the radio in his hand.  Hard to kill yourself while calling in a distress call.  Suicide.  I still can't get over that suggestion!  Seems ridiculous when you look at the entire scene doesn't it?  

Reporters asked other questions, but the answers are what we've been hearing all along.  There was no DNA evidence or fingerprints found on Suiter's gun. They do know he was shot with his own weapon, so who took the time to wipe it clean or did the killer wear gloves?  Commissioner Davis said it's not unusual to not have DNA evidence or fingerprints on these types of cases.  Ugh.  If there was a struggle and Suiter's clothes were disrupted in some way, wouldn't there be a chance of touch DNA?  Again, maybe the unknown suspicious vacant lot man was wearing gloves.  But I don't buy that Suiter's partner for the day could not provide a detailed description of the man who killed his fellow officer.  Too many things go not add up, and that's where all the problems begin.

This is not going to go away.  People out there care.  I care, and I don't live anywhere near Baltimore - in fact, I'm in California!  But Detective Suiter gave the Baltimore PD 18 years of his life, he was a married man with five children and did not deserve to be shot with his own weapon in a vacant lot.  It angers me because I truly feel he was killed for something he knew.  If that's true, the police share the blame for his death.  Here is a link to the whole press conference: 

 http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-ci-transcript-bpd-update-20171201-story.html

We are going to keep digging until the truth is revealed. Detective Suiter deserves justice and so does his family.  Check back for updates because I'll be following this until it's resolved.  Have a great week!



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