Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio was murdered by a teen after responding to a burglary call in the suburb of Perry Hall. The same suspect had recently been arrested for Grand Theft Auto. Caprio, a four-year veteran of the department, confronted the teen and his three accomplices who were allegedly breaking into homes and drew her weapon on them; ordering them to get out of their vehicle.
That didn’t happen. Instead, the 16-year-old ran her over.
Officer Caprio was pronounced dead just hours later at a nearby hospital. The incident has ignited a “racial firestorm” as Caprio was a white woman and the four teens were black.
According to an op-ed by Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3, all the blame goes to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, “who made headlines for her social justice rhetoric following the death of Freddie Gray and her subsequent overcharging of six officers that resulted in all the charges dropped,” reports the Daily Wire.
Mosby enforced so called “catch and release” policies, which allowed for this teen and so many other criminals, who are clearly a danger to society, to run free in the community.
“There are fingers being pointed at everyone involved, by everyone involved, and yes, there are disappointments aplenty,” Ryan writes. “The failure, however, lies with State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her continuing inability to understand the importance that her office plays in combating crime in Baltimore City.”
Dawnta Harris is the latest on a long list of those who have posed an obvious danger to the community but who have, for whatever reason, been released pending trial or in many instances have not even stood trial. Whether or not the home detention system used to hinder his movement was equipped with a GPS locator is not the failure in this sad saga. The fact that he was sent home pending trial at all is the true failure here. Mr. Harris has a history of criminal activity and escape. He undeniably presented a danger to our citizens and should have been detained accordingly. It was the responsibility of Ms. Mosby, as the Baltimore City State’s Attorney, to ensure this outcome. She did not, and we are angry that a brilliant young woman who dedicated her life to public service is now gone from us.
He finished the op-ed by highlight Mosby’s failure to perform her duties as Baltimore State’s Attorney by protecting its citizens. Ryan also mourned the loss of “a Sister in Blue”.
“The members of Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3 have lost a Sister in Blue, and, because of Ms. Mosbys continuing failures, the citizens of Baltimore have lost the sense of security that they so well deserve,” her writes.