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Are all-out manhunts only for cop killers?

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said investigators found “additional, significant” evidence when they returned Monday to the scene where Det. Sean Suiter was fatally shot last week. (Amy Davis and Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun video)

The Baltimore City Police Department had Harlem Park locked down for several days while they did a massive door to door search for evidence in the killing of a detective (“Baltimore police return to scene of detective’s killing, say new evidence found,” Nov. 20). Several Maryland jurisdictions have come up with reward money for anyone who gives information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer. Gov. Larry Hogan easily found $100,000 in the state budget to throw into the reward pot. Maybe if this level of police effort and taxpayer-funded rewards was given to every murder committed in Baltimore, the number of murders would be far smaller.

We have been told that many murders in the city are committed by a small number of repeat offenders. If this same level of commitment and reward money had been applied to murders earlier in the year, perhaps the person who killed this detective would have already been caught and imprisoned. What do you say to the mother of a child whose murder is unsolved when she wonders why her child's murder didn't get the same level of effort that this police detective's did? What do you say to the families of all of the other unsolved murders in Baltimore whose loved ones apparently weren't deserving of the same effort?

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Melvin Lindsay

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