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Video: Commissioner Asks Where are the Marches for Police After Baltimore Officer Shot at Traffic Stop

December 16, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Commissioner Asks Where are the Marches for Police After Baltimore Officer Shot at Traffic Stop

A Baltimore police officer was shot during a traffic stop Sunday night on the west side of the city near Coppin State University.

The incident started Sunday night when the suspect car was initially spotted by a different officer at a nearby gas station. Police told WBAL TV that officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and called it in.

The car was pulled over a short time later by 27-year-old Officer Andrew Groman -- a three-year veteran of the force -- and five other officers, according to police. Surveillance video showed the car was surrounded by officers.

Police said the driver followed instructions, but 19-year-old Donte Jones, who was in the back seat, wouldn't get out of the car and refused to show his hands.

Three shots were fired, striking Groman once in the abdomen, just below his bulletproof vest, police said. They do not believe any officers fired their service weapons.

Jones was chased a couple of blocks away and captured by a Baltimore City and a Coppin State police officer.

Police said Groman was listed in stable condition Monday.

City police said four people who were in the car were taken into custody, but only Jones was charged in the shooting. A city police commander said Jones is a violent repeat offender. He faces attempted murder charges in connection with Sunday's shooting, police said.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said he hopes the shooting will get the same type of attention as the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases that have led to protests around the country.

"I'm not caught on the irony of the timing of the situation. We've had marches nationwide over the fact that we've lost lives in police custody. I wonder if we're going to have the same marches as officers are shot, too," Batts told WJZ TV.

Comments (6)

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kevCopAz @ 12/16/2014 4:47 PM

Bravo…. more Chief's have to step up and ask that same question!! Rather the the likes of the butt kissing Chiefs as in Richmond Ca. (Mangus?) and Ramsey who promote this lie about Black males being gunned down "everyday" in the USA. "I can't Breath" and "hands up don't shoot". How about cops wear shirts that read "I can't POLICE" and ( IF you have your hands up cops wont shoot"

A. Yeung (Ret) @ 12/16/2014 4:52 PM

Commissioner Batts' statement was proper and courageous. He spoke what is in the mind of all police officers in America. I wish and pray that our news media is truly professional and report all sides of a story in a fair way. Their reports have always been slanted against the police. I wonder who they call when they become a victim of crime. And please, Commissioner Batts, do not apologize for your statement. You have said nothing wrong.

Swatguy @ 12/16/2014 4:55 PM

Yes Kudos to Commisioner Batts. Like was said we need more Leaders like him

TheRookie @ 12/16/2014 6:03 PM

Commissioner Batts has every reason to feel the way he does. He called out the MSM & Public on their slanted one sided agenda(s). It's very rare today to see news reports about Officers getting injured and/or killed in the line of duty. It's all part of NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, & all other MSM objective to discredit law enforcement. Couldn't force me to watch or read any of their stuff ever again.

Paul G @ 12/16/2014 8:31 PM

I wrote an open letter to the national media as well as did an interview following an "in the line of duty" killing of a police officer in Upstate New York. I mentioned how on the very day of this officers death, Joan Rivers past away and was given hours of coverage as did attorney general holder's press conference on ferguson.... I wrote it as a Public Safety Commissioner because as an elected/appointed official I would have less chance of getting in trouble by superiors than a police officer, firefighter etc. Unfortunately the Mayor of my Village was unhappy about it an removed me as his Deputy Mayor and as Public Safety Commissioner which included (Police and Fire) what ever happened to our first Amendment rights ??? Anyhow, I think it was a bold move for the Baltimore Commish to say what he did. I have lots of respect for the man. Stay safe out their everyone and Merry Christmas..... and Happy Holidays.... (Was that politically correct enough?!) didn't want to leave anybody out :)


alorue @ 12/16/2014 8:49 PM

Thanks Commissioner Batts. Support from the top is great to see and totally necessary in these trying times. Please keep up the good work Sir!

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