Fmr. commissioner: “Mental and moral gymnastics” required for Suiter suicide ruling
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore’s former top cop walked away from FOX45's questions about criticism he faced from the Independent Review Board into Detective Suiter’s death.
In a radio interview, Davis defended his statements, and lack thereof, to the public and detectives investigating the case.
Outside a Hampden Dunkin’ Donuts, former police commissioner Kevin Davis walked away from our questions about the Independent Review Board.
After four months of gathering facts and interviewing witnesses, the board found Suiter killed himself. The board also found Davis “was less than candid with the public on several occasions.”
On WBAL Radio’s C4 show, Clarence "C4" Mitchell IV interviewed Davis for almost an hour.
"C4" asked him: "Did you lie to the public when you came in front of us?"
Davis replied: "I did not, and I resent it. The word 'misled' is used throughout the IRB report. That’s synonymous with 'lie,' in my book. I resent it. It’s untrue."
(According to a word search of the IRB report document, the word “misled” shows up once. It is not used in mention of Kevin Davis.)
The report shows Davis kept information from homicide detectives about possible crimes committed by Suiter.
Davis told "C4": "Sean Suiter was not a dirty cop. He was not a target of their Broken Boundaries investigation, and they had no evidence to suspect that he was involved in criminal misconduct. Sean Suiter has not been charged with any crimes. The Broken Boundaries investigation led to the indictment of 8 Baltimore police officers in the Gun Trace Task Force."
While Davis says it is possible Suiter killed himself, he says the board made assumptions about the state of Suiter’s mind that may have led to suicide.
Davis said: "The mental and moral gymnastics that this report requires you to go through to reach a conclusion of suicide doesn’t add up."
Despite the board’s finding that Suiter committed suicide, the homicide case remains open, and Suiter’s death is still officially ruled a homicide by Maryland’s Medical Examiner.