October 13, 2008

Police are hoping for help from the community to solve the murder of former Baltimore City Councilman Ken Harris.  Last week, police released video of the suspects and asked the community to come forward with any information.

Police are hoping for help from the community to solve the murder of former Baltimore City Councilman Ken Harris.  Last week, police released video of the suspects and asked the community to come forward with any information.

But this is Baltimore, where the "Stop Snitching" movement was born.  In a recent column, Gregory Kane of The Baltimore Examiner wrote "Unfortunately, we’re dealing with a subculture in Baltimore whose adherents think the moral thing to do is to NOT give up Harris’ killers."

How deep does the "Stop Snitching" movement run?  How can it be fought against?  We spoke with community activists, journalists and scholars about "Stop Snitching" and its role in Baltimore City.

Marc was joined by :

 

  • Gregory Kane, columnist for the Baltimore Examiner
  • Lester Spence,professor at Johns Hopkins University

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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2 Comments

  1. CEM says:

    Stories like these don’t get as much attention as they deserve. Take a look at this article from the Sun about two cousins killed in Upton on Sunday. Police suspect they were killed for having witnessed an earlier murder, even though they refused to offer the police any information, or enter a witness protection program.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-te.md.ci.witness15oct15,0,4740798.story

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don’t you think there’s more to it than the cousins just witnessing murders. It appears that there were multiple occurances of them witnessing murders…

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