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January 20, 2010

"Stop Snitching" star goes on trial

The Sun's Tricia Bishop reported today that those members of the Tree Top Piru who haven't already pleaded guilty are going on trial in federal court. About 30 members of the gang were taken down in a sweeping indictment nearly two years ago. Among them is Ronnie Thomas, also known as "Skinny Suge" from the infamous "Stop Snitching" DVD that became emblematic of Baltimore's street code of silence and witness intimidation problems.Image grabbed by CityPaper

As Tricia points out, one of the great ironies of the trial is that most of those who took deals did so in exchange for their testimony against their fellow members. Here's the article from when the indictment was first announced in February 2008.  I'd link to the "Stop Snitching" video, but it's easily found on the web and I'm having trouble locating the police department's response, which was called "Keep Talking."

Recently, a man who police believed had assumed a larger role in the gang was shot and killed in an East Baltimore grocery store, and police were bracing for possible reprisals.

Posted by Justin Fenton at 3:38 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Courts and the justice system, Gangs
        

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He's going to "snitch" on someone to get a reduced sentence...they all do.....they like to play the "Tuff Thug" until they sit in front of a hard judge....because they can't do hard time !

when reality sets in after he's found guilty and spending the rest of his life in prison, he's going to finaly understand how precious life is!

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.



Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.
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