Baltimore state's attorney won't press charges against police commanders in theft investigation

The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office decided not to pursue charges against two divorced police commanders, according to a spokeswoman.

“After reviewing the evidence associated with the criminal allegations of both Major Kimberly Burrus and Captain Torran Burrus, our office will not be pursuing prosecution of either officers,” said Melba Saunders, spokeswoman for Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, in an email Tuesday night.

Maj. Kimberly Burrus was suspended from the department in May after The Baltimore Sun revealed that she was under investigation for alleged theft.

The following month, Burrus filed a criminal complaint against her ex-husband, Capt. Torran Burrus, alleging that he burglarized her home to obtain evidence used against her in the theft case.

The charges led to Torran Burrus’ suspension without pay. His attorney, Roya Hanna, said last month that he was innocent of any crime.

Ultimately, neither case offered compelling evidence, according to Saunders, who said Kimberly Burrus’ actions did not show “a deliberate attempt to steal” from the nonprofit she founded.

Kimberly Burrus founded the nonprofit Blue Love Across America after the unrest in Baltimore in 2015 to improve relations between police and citizens. However, the nonprofit had stopped operating by 2016.

During a custody hearing, Burrus admitted to using the nonprofit’s credit card to buy plane tickets to Europe for her and her two sons. She said she did so after her own credit cards were declined.

But, according to Saunders, the state’s attorney’s office found that the amount Burrus spent from the charity for personal reasons was in line with the amount of personal money she used to start and maintain it.

In regards to Torran Burrus, Saunders said there was “insufficient evidence of intent to prove first-degree burglary,” as well as a lack of “evidence to satisfy the statute of limitations for other burglary and theft allegations.”

Hanna said Torran Burrus was relieved to have the ordeal behind him. But Hanna condemned the state’s attorney’s decision to not pursue charges against his ex-wife, saying it demonstrated the department “is incapable of investigating police corruption.”

“The citizens of Baltimore deserve to know that each of the police officers in the Department are above reproach and not mired by scandal and integrity issues,” Hanna said in a statement.

Lawyers for Kimberly Burrus could not be reached for comment. Baltimore police did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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