No snitching for Baltimore school police?
This story in today's Sun by city courts reporter Melissa Harris left me concerned and perplexed about the officers hired to protect Baltimore's schoolchildren.
Last March, the article reports, at least five Baltimore school police officers were at a birthday party for a school police dispatcher at a club in West Baltimore. Gunfire erupted, and a man was murdered. The gunman pleaded guilty to the crime yesterday, but not with any help from school police. In a club full of potential witnesses, only two came forward -- and neither was a school police officer. Melissa writes:
According to court records, none of the five school police officers could identify the gunman, who escaped and was apprehended almost three weeks later.
The officers told investigators that they were "stomped" on or "trampled" by other guests. Another, when asked why he did not come forward, said he was "shook up," according to a transcript of his interview with police.
A city homicide detective questioning him responded that police officers are not supposed to get "shook up."