The Baltimore Police Department faced an unprecedented number of challenges in 2018 that included leadership turnover, cases of officer misconduct, continued high levels of violence and the final convictions in one of the biggest police corruption scandals in city history.
The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office asked the medical examiner’s office not to make any potential changes to the ruling on the cause of death of homicide Det. Sean Suiter, citing lingering questions about DNA evidence, according to a key member of the independent panel that reviewed his death.
The list released Thursday shows more than 40 names, including a mix of senior department commanders, detectives who investigated their colleague’s death, other law enforcement officials and city residents who lived near the crime scene.
By now it should be clear to everyone that the current structure of the Baltimore City Police Department as a state-owned agency is broken beyond repair. Baltimoreans want, deserve and can have a much improved police department. Providing that starts with changing the structure of the department.
For the sixth time in less than a decade a group taking a close look at the Baltimore Police has delivered a lengthy report on the department's failings and issued a lengthy set of recommendations on how to fix them. This time the authors warned that they can't go unheeded again.
Maybe Sean Suiter killed himself. Maybe not. The only thing that's certain is that the Baltimore Police Department shouldn't take the latest report into his death as an excuse to close the case and move on.
A report by a outside panel of policing experts sets out in detail why the evidence shows Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter took his own life in November and scrutinizes the investigation into the incident.
Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who led the city force last November when Det. Sean Suiter was shot to death, is criticizing the anticipated finding by an independent review board that the fallen officer likely took his own life.
The independent panel appointed to review the death of Baltimore homicide Det. Sean Suiter has concluded that the officer likely took his own life, according to a source with knowledge of the findings.
The family of an 86-year-old man killed during a high-speed chase by officers who later were part of the Gun Trace Task Force is suing the Baltimore Police Department, Maryland and the city, seeking $25 million in damages for what they say is a wrongful death.
The independent board reviewing the investigation into the death of Baltimore Police homicide detective Sean Suiter was to vote on its conclusions about the case Tuesday, and its final report could be made public within a month, the panel’s chair said.
The Baltimore police response in Harlem Park following the fatal shooting of Det. Sean Suiter “raise clear constitutional concerns,” which included unwarranted stops, pat downs and warrant checks of residents, the monitoring team overseeing the consent decree has found.
Two men who served federal prison time after Baltimore Police planted drugs on them in 2010 to justify a fatal high-speed chase filed a lawsuit Wednesday and will ask for more than $40 million in damages, according to their attorneys.
A spokesman for the police department and members of the Independent Review Board said at its second meeting Tuesday that the suspension, and later resignation, of Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, hadn’t halted the panel’s progress.
In body-camera footage newly obtained by The Baltimore Sun, two Baltimore police officers discuss “running” against criminal databases the names of Harlem Park residents stopped while traveling to and from their homes amid the sprawling investigation into the death of Det. Sean Suiter in November.
The annual Fallen Heroes Day ceremony recognizes police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty, and each year since it began in 1986, more families who have suffered the loss join the ranks.
Norman "Fred" Buchman, who was killed on duty in 1973, and Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter, who was fatally shot and killed in November, will be among those honored Friday at the annual Fallen Heroes Day at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.
Police body-camera footage from the days after Det. Sean Suiter was shot to death in West Baltimore shows residents of Harlem Park living under police watch — with officers stopping everyone entering the neighborhood and residents having to show identification.
The period following the death of Freddie Gray was supposed to be a time when Baltimore restored the community’s faith in the police department. Yet in 2017, the Baltimore Police Department found itself mired in scandal after scandal.
Despite no apparent progress in the investigation into the killing of Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter, police say they do not consider the investigation to be a “cold case.” Baltimore Police chief spokesman T.J. Smith said police continue to receive information in the 3 month old case
The FBI has rejected calls for it to take over the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Baltimore homicide detective who was set to testify in a federal police corruption case, saying it has no evidence to suggest Det. Sean Suiter’s death was connected to the corruption probe.