Entire Baltimore Neighborhood Under Lockdown: "Police Declared Martial Law"

Five days ago, Det. Sean Suiter, a married father of five and an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police, was patrolling the streets of West Baltimore around 5pm last Wednesday when he saw suspicious activity. Suiter approached a man and was shot point blank in the head, in a summary execution. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where he later died of his injuries.

In response, Baltimore Police reacted with ‘fire and fury’ turning the neighborhood where Suiter was shot into an “open-air prison”, shutting down city streets and enabling checkpoints for citizens while officers in tactical gear went door to door, according to Baltimore Brew. Residents were prohibited from entering their own neighborhood unless they showed proper identification, these extreme measures have been in place for 4-5 days.

“They’ve been to my house three times asking, ‘Did you hear anything? Do you know anything,’” said Edward Stanley, a local resident, who had to show a yellow slip before entering the neighborhood.

Baltimore Brew said, the neighborhood was tuned into “open-air prison”, as the complete lockdown was in attempt to collect evidence and search for the shooter.

Police initially said they needed to cordon off the area to try to capture the shooter. Police have said Suiter was in the 900 block of Bennett Place, investigating a previous homicide, when he was shot on Wednesday. So far, no arrests have been announced in the case. This morning, homicide detective Mike Newton told The Brew that the lockdown was necessary to collect evidence.

One community group took pictures of a checkpoint in West Baltimore.

Another twitter account describes how ‘the police declared marital law’, as one police officer with an assault rifle guards a corner.

Citizens describe how their day lives have been disrupted as West Baltimore remains under police control, as per Baltimore Brew:

Two women walking down Franklin Street to get to their cars, parked blocks away because of the lockdown, complained that they had been harassed by officers.


“They know I live here. They’ve seen me come and go. But this one had to pat me down. He [the officer] went like this to my jacket, grabbing it,” said Shelly, 25, who asked that her last name not be used.


“They wanted to know where I had been. Why do I have to tell him that? It’s just me in my flip-flops trying to go to my own home.”


“We haven’t been able to get our mail for four days,” said the woman with her, Samantha, 50, who also asked not be identified. “Is the city going to pay the late fees on my bills?”


“It’s so sad what happened to the officer and I hope they catch whoever did it,” another woman said. “But this is really overboard. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The ACLU of Maryland released a statement yesterday, who are “troubled by reports that some persons entering or leaving the area have been subject to pat down searches, and that non-residents have been barred from entering the area”.

“While the search for a killer is, of course, a high priority for the police, the limits on lawful police behavior do not disappear even when engaged in that pursuit.  And at least one federal appellate court has said that a similar police cordon and checkpoint system was unconstitutional.


“The residents of Baltimore, and, in particular, the residents of the affected community, deserve a clear explanation from the City as to why this unprecedented action has been taken, what rules are being enforced, and why it is lawful.  The need to secure a crime scene from contamination to preserve evidence does not, on its face, explain the wide area to which access has been restricted for days after the incident.”


On-the-ground information is scarce to those outside the cordon because access to residents, including by the media, has also been restricted. For that reason, we encourage anyone who has this kind of information to contact us at curtis@aclu-md.org.

WBALTV11 visited one checkpoint in West Baltimore:

According to one citizen, ‘this is the 3rd time in less than 3 years that West Baltimore has been occupied by police’…

Baltimore Brew concludes by saying the Baltimore Police will “clear the crime scene” on Monday, so in a few hours.

Perhaps in a preview of things to come, the 4-5 day siege of West Baltimore by Police has been described by one resident as ‘Martial Law’. Readers concerned about social tensions in the US are urged to monitor events in Baltimore, which better than Chicago or Detroit now demonstrates just how the United States is marching straight into a new, Orwellian era.


JDFX Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:11 Permalink

Yeah, cause we all know certain races disrespect police, laws and order. They rather, it seems, prefer the law of the jungle.  Why are they surprised ? 

GUS100CORRINA Arnold Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:36 Permalink

Entire Baltimore Neighborhood Under Lockdown: "Police Declared Martial Law"Observation: Does this surprise anyone? It does NOT SURPRISE me at all.Why? When a society throws GOD out of the PUBLIC SQUARE and JESUS CHRIST under the BUS, a SPIRITUAL VOID is created and all HELL breaks loose.And guess who steps in to fill the SPIRITUAL VOID? SATAN and his DEMONS.1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.Truly sad that it has come to this point in America. More ROTTEN FRUIT as a result of "OBOZO" and corrupt local government policies.TRULY SAD DAY IN AMERICA TO SEE THIS SORT OF THING OCCUR!!! THIS WILL NOT END WELL FOR ANYONE.

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InternetToughGuy BennyBoy Mon, 11/20/2017 - 16:47 Permalink

Because a policeman represents lawful order.  When a policeman is shot, this is a demonstration that lawful order has broken down. This is also why there are more serious criminal penalties for killing cops. An atack on a cop is an attack on the justice system.If you don't like the idea of having cops, you should move to some place where they don't have law and order. Like Africa.  

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Eyes Opened Shitonya Serfs Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:32 Permalink

Welcome to your FUTURE ......What ?? U think cops wont treat u & your "respectable " neighbourhood like this some day ??? Wake up folks... "First, .... they came for the blacks...."  you know the rest...And yes, most definitely..RIP the officer.... my prayers are for his family..I hope they catch the perp... but do it in a lawful manner... or the cops are no better than the scumbags...

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MEFOBILLS Shitonya Serfs Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:52 Permalink

Below is a good article on Baltimore.  Here is an excerpt:?Perhaps it’s too much to expect a police force to be significantly better than the community from which it’s drawn, unless you can imagine some outside source of moral authority. Baltimore is under black political control, with a few leftover white enablers. Its Political Class is drawn from a community that blames everything except human agency for black failure. http://www.unz.com/article/letter-from-baltimore/?highlight=BALTIMORE

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