In April 2016, a 13-year-old boy was shot by officers of the Baltimore Police Department. The boy ran after the police stopped in front of him, so they gave chase. During the chase, the police spotted the boy holding a gun, and when he turned, they shot the teenager.
The youngster wasn’t critically injured and it seemed like an open and shut case of a justifiable use of force.
Now people are wondering.
The Baltimore Police Department is currently in court over one of the biggest scandals in the history of American law enforcement.
According to the Baltimore Sun, it started when a 19-year-old woman from New Jersey overdosed in 2011 and authorities began tracing the origin of the drugs. It led them to a Baltimore drug crew and the discovery that a Baltimore police officer was involved. By the time they finished investigating, cops had charged eight members of the elite Gun Trace Task Force with crimes ranging from racketeering to robbery.
It was the revelation that the supervisor of the unit instructed officers to carry a toy gun just in case they found themselves “in a jam” and needed to plant one. When one of the officers, Marcus Tayor, was arrested, officials couldn’t figure out why he had a toy gun in his glove compartment.
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