Recently a Baltimore detective saw a young man running…and he had a gun.  The officer chases the youthful offender who foolishly turned toward the officer with a gun in his right hand.  The officer, as he is trained, shot the fleeing felon who was declared dead at the scene.curtis-deal-e1486736975983

The body cam footage was immediately released to the public where it can be viewed on youtube.  No he said, she said…the camera captures every move by the bad guy.  This includes him beginning to raise the gun toward the officer.

This is Baltimore.  No riots, no charges of racism, no marches.  However, this incident did raise the question of why this guy was on the street and armed.  Let’s take a look.

The suspect had been charged with a total of nine drug and gun charges within the last month.  On the third charge, the day before he was shot, he was released by a judge on a $250,000 UNSECURED bond.  He walked out of that courtroom and was killed the very next day.

The mayor of Baltimore said “…Someone with all those gun and drug charges shouldn’t have been on the street.”  Ya think!

Can anyone imagine the ruckus this would have cause had the officer not had a body camera?  The Freddie Gray riots come to mind.

So if a person is detained by the police, and they have that little black camera hanging off their shirt or vest be sure to smile.



About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit
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