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    Baltimore Detective Sean Suiter Was Shot Dead 24 Hrs Before He Was Due To Testify In A Police Corruption Case

    I've been seeing a lot of discussion about this murder on twitter for the past week & meant to post it earlier. A lot of people are incredulous over the circumstances of the shooting - even without the fact he was testifying at a police corruption hearing the next day.


    Detective Suiter was shot on duty, at close range, with his own gun. His partner, who was nearby, apparently ran at the sound of gunfire & took cover. He was subsequently unable to identify the assailant






    There have been a lot of developments already & I haven't read up properly on all of it yet, but I have seen reports the feds are reopening old cases as a result of his murder.




    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/mar...122-story.html



    Slain Baltimore Homicide Detective Sean Suiter was scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury in the case against a squad of indicted officers on the day after he was shot, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday evening.

    The revelation brings together two cases that have sent shock waves through the Police Department and the city as a whole: the federal prosecutions of eight members of the department?s elite gun task force, who are accused of shaking down citizens and conspiring with drug dealers, and the killing of Suiter last week in West Baltimore, the first of an on-duty officer by a suspect in 10 years.

    Davis said Wednesday that federal authorities have told him ?in no uncertain terms? that Suiter was not a target of their investigation into the Gun Trace Task Force. He said authorities have no reason to believe Suiter?s killing was connected to his pending testimony.

    ?The BPD and FBI do not possess any information that this incident ... is part of any conspiracy,? Davis said. He said evidence shows the shooting occurred spontaneously, as Suiter investigated a suspicious person in the Harlem Park neighborhood.


    ?There is no information that has been communicated to me that Detective Suiter was anything other than a stellar detective, great friend, loving husband and dedicated father,? he said.

    Davis also said that Suiter is believed to have been killed with his own service weapon, which was fired at close range, and that there was evidence of a struggle before the shooting.

    Police have not identified a suspect or made arrests in Suiter?s shooting Nov. 15. Investigators locked the neighborhood down for several days after the shooting to gather evidence and interview potential witnesses. Authorities are offering a reward of $215,000 for information leading to an arrest.

    Police say Suiter and a partner were conducting a follow-up investigation on a triple homicide in the 900 block of Bennett Place when he saw someone acting suspiciously in a vacant lot and approached. The 43-year-old detective, a married father of five, was shot once in the head.


    He died the next day.

    Davis described for the first time surveillance video of the scene. The footage shows Suiter?s partner seeking cover across the street. Davis backed his actions.

    ?Upon the sound of gunfire, Detective Suiter?s partner sought cover across the street,? Davis said, reading from a prepared statement. ?He immediately called 911. We know this, because it is captured on private surveillance video that we have recovered.?

    Baltimore police racketeering case timeline
    Mayor Catherine Pugh was briefed on the case Wednesday and said she asked Davis to disclose the information to the public, due to theories swirling in the community.

    The Gun Trace Task Force was entrusted with executing a key element of Davis? strategy against the city?s historic surge in killing: getting illegal guns out of the hands of the trigger pullers who are driving the violence.

    But a federal grand jury indicted eight task force members earlier this year on charges of racketeering and other violations, and authorities are continuing to investigate allegations related to the squad.

    Four officers have pleaded guilty, and at least two of them are cooperating with authorities.

    The other four members have pleaded not guilty. They are scheduled for trial in January.

    Davis said he was told by federal prosecutors that Suiter was to testify in the case of the indicted officers in relation to an incident from several years ago. It was not clear whether his testimony would be helpful or harmful to the officers.

    Among the officers to stand trial is Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, the supervisor of the task force.

    Jenkins and Suiter were involved in a high-speed chase in 2010 in which the elderly father of a Baltimore police officer was killed. Two men were charged in the case. Umar Burley and Brent Matthews were both convicted of heroin possession charges and sentenced to federal prison.

    Court records show that the two assistant U.S. attorneys who are prosecuting the Gun Trace Task Force entered their appearances ? or filed a formal notification of their involvement ? in the closed high-speed chase case in late August, and there have been multiple sealed filings since then.

    The U.S. attorney?s office in Maryland declined to comment Wednesday night.

    State court records show that Suiter made dozens of arrests with Detective Maurice Ward, one of the officers who has pleaded guilty in the Gun Trace Task Force case, between 2007 and 2009. He made two arrests in 2008 with Detective Momodu Gondo, and three arrests in 2010 with Jenkins.

    A federal grand jury this month indicted former Baltimore police Officer Eric Troy Snell, now a Philadelphia police officer, in an alleged conspiracy with some members of Baltimore?s Gun Trace Task Force to sell drugs and split proceeds.

    In one allegation, federal prosecutors accuse Jenkins and Detecetive Jemell Rayam of initiating a high-speed chase in 2016 in which driver of the vehicle threw more than 9 ounces of cocaine out of the window of his vehicle before crashing near Mondawmin Mall.

    Prosecutors say the officers retrieved the cocaine. They say Jenkins told Rayam to sell most of it and give Jenkins proceeds of the sale, and Rayam agreed to do it.

    Rayam has pleaded guilty to racketeering in his own indictment and is cooperating with authorities.

    Police asked anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100, the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/mar...123-story.html


    Feds have re-opened 2010 case involving slain Baltimore detective and indicted gun task force officer



    A picture in the federal court file of Umar Burley shows Burley's car. Court records say he was fleeing police in 2010 and slammed his Acura into a Monte Carlo driven by an 87-year-old man, killing him. (Handout / Baltimore Sun)


    After members of the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task force were indicted this year for shaking down citizens and falsifying evidence, a federal inmate in a West Virginia prison reached out to the judge in his case. Umar Burley had been charged by a member of the task force. Now he wanted another look at his arrest.

    ?Could you imagine how hard it is to be here for a crime I didn?t commit and struggling to find clarity and justice on my own,? Burley said in a handwritten letter in June that is included in his court file.


    Burley was arrested in 2010 by then-Detective Wayne Jenkins, one of the indicted gun task force members, and by Detective Sean Suiter, who was killed last week in Harlem Park. In court records filed at the time of Burley?s arrest, Jenkins wrote that Suiter found drugs in Burley?s vehicle, which was searched following a chase in Northwest Baltimore that ended with a collision that killed an 87-year-old man.

    Federal prosecutors did reopen Burley?s case. And Suiter, on the day after his death, had been scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury still investigating the gun task force, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis confirmed this week.

    It is not clear if Suiter?s testimony was expected to touch on Burley?s arrest. The slain detective had also worked with other members of the gun task force. Davis said Suiter was not a target of the federal investigation, and had a sterling reputation in the department.

    But the disclosure that Suiter was going to testify brings together two cases that have rocked the city this year: the indictment of an elite unit tasked with taking guns off the street, and the first killing in a decade of an on-duty Baltimore police officer.

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    Davis said police have no reason to believe Suiter?s death is connected to his testimony, calling the attack ?spontaneous.? No suspect has been identified.

    Records show that Burley contested the charges at the time of his arrest but eventually pleaded guilty and has been serving a 15-year sentence. Jenkins has not entered a plea in the racketeering indictment. A trial date is tentatively scheduled for January.


    Burley?s arrest came after Jenkins and another detective were driving an unmarked vehicle patrolling in the Grove Park neighborhood on April 28, 2010. Federal prosecutors wrote at the time that the officers had received information that the area was being used by ?large-scale drug dealers.?

    ?Detective Jenkins himself had arrested between five and ten defendants in the area and had seized distribution quantities of drugs,? Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Celeste wrote.

    Jenkins wrote in a statement of probable cause that he and his partner saw a man who was holding cash enter the passenger side of an Acura parked in the block. Jenkins pulled his vehicle in front of Burley?s Acura. Suiter, in a separate vehicle, pulled up behind.

    As Burley began to drive away, Jenkins? partner pulled out his service weapon and ordered Burley to stop. He pulled away, with the detectives in pursuit. The detectives said they lost sight of Burley?s vehicle, and he crashed at the intersection of Belle and Gwynn Oak avenues.

    The collision forced another vehicle into the porch of a home, killing 87-year-old Albert Davis and severely injuring his wife.

    (go to article link to hear : Police scanner traffic following shooting of Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter).


    In a police report, Jenkins wrote that Suiter conducted the search of the vehicle and found 32 clear plastic bags containing 29 grams of heroin, along with a digital scale.

    Burley?s attorney at the time said Burley ?disputes much of Detective Jenkins? statement of probable cause,? and said the detectives had seized and arrested Burley without justification.

    ?Alleged law enforcement observations of an African American entering a parked car with money in a high crime area do not add up to probable cause,? Burley?s attorney, Thomas Crowe, wrote.

    Crowe also said the officers bumped Burley?s car when they blocked it in, and used deadly force by pointing a gun at him. He said police had tried to justify their actions by the later discovery of drugs.

    The prosecutor on the case at the time backed the officers.

    ?The officers believed that a drug transaction was about to take place, based on their experience in seizing drugs from individuals making deals in cars and information provided by informants,? Celeste wrote.

    Burley pleaded guilty in state court to manslaughter in the crash death and received 10 years. In the federal case, he pleaded guilty to a heroin possession charge and received 15 years. The suspect seen getting into the car also pleaded guilty, and received 46 months in prison.

    In his letter to Judge Catherine C. Blake, Burley argued that Jenkins? indictment was ?relevant to my case.?

    Previously, prosecutors in the gun task force case have made accusations against Jenkins involving high-speed chases. In one incident in 2016, they say Jenkins and Detective Jemell Rayam, another member of the unit, pursued a vehicle that crashed near Mondawmin Mall. The officers allegedly stole drugs from the vehicle and re-sold them. Those accusations led to the indictment of a Philadelphia police officer.

    Prosecutors also say that in 2011, Jenkins and Rayam pursued a vehicle at high speed, resulting in a crash near Mondawmin Mall, and stole $1,800 from the driver.

    Rayam has pleaded guilty to racketeering and is cooperating with authorities.

    Suiter had other connections to members of the gun task force. From 2007 to 2009, Suiter worked with Detective Maurice Ward, who has pleaded guilty in the racketeering case and made arrests with Jenkins in 2011. Suiter also worked a handful of cases in 2008 with Detective Momodu Gondo, who has pleaded guilty.

    & an example of the discussions happening over this case

    https://twitter.com/BaltoSpectator/s...01565182914560
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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/officia...drugs-in-2010/

    Officials: Indicted ex-Baltimore cop set up slain officer to find drugs in 2010


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    He left an apology note? Ok he's crazy.
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    Totally fucked up. Agreement with Ron. What's the incentive to be a good cop?
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    http://abcnews.go.com/US/fbi-decline...ry?id=52013758

    FBI declines to lead investigation into unsolved murder of veteran Baltimore detective

    The FBI has declined to lead an investigation into the murder of a veteran Baltimore detective who was killed one day before he was due to testify in a federal police corruption trial, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
    Yesterday, Davis received a letter from FBI Assistant Director Stephen Richardson, explaining that since "no information has been developed to indicate Det. Suiter’s death was directly connected to an FBI investigation," the investigation into his murder should remain with the Baltimore Police Department.

    The FBI emphasized its "current commitment" to assist the police department, which will include providing FBI analytical, forensic and investigative support as well as $25,000 toward a reward "for information leading to the arrest of anyone who may have been involved in this matter," the letter states, according to Davis, who added that the total reward stands at $215,000.


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    He left an apology note? Ok he's crazy.
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    that's what makes him crazy? I thought it was the chips.

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