A three-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department (and volunteer fireman) was shot Sunday night in West Baltimore during a traffic stop. To all who believe that police should use Tasers instead of guns, they did; unfortunately, 19-year-old suspect Donte Jones didn’t hesitate to use his gun against Officer Andrew Groman.
Baltimore Sun crime reporter Justin George has the details of the incident.
What “protest quote” was that? Seeing as Officer Groman’s shooting came at the end of two days of protests and marches in the city against police brutality, Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts reportedly took the liberty of saying at a press conference Sunday night: “We’ve had marches nationwide over the fact that we have lost lives in police custody. I wonder if we’ll have those same marches as officers are shot, too.”
Controversial? The Baltimore Sun reports that the group Baltimore Bloc called on Batts to apologize in a lengthy Facebook post.
Baltimore Bloc condemns the insensitive and deliberately provocative comments made by Anthony Batts last night. Batts asked whether protestors would march for the officer who was non-fatally shot in West Baltimore. Though we are well aware that Batts’s question was rhetorical and disingenuous, we will address it in case the community is genuinely curious about why we protest for BPD’s victims and not officers…
Batts’s horrible “question” disrespects the work of this movement by erasing its motivation with false equivalency. More important, it once again dishonors and dismisses the lives his department has brutally stolen. Baltimore Bloc demands an immediate apology from Batts and the Department, and we demand that the Mayor and City Council join us in condemning his statement.
Commissioner Batts received praise from the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police.