Retired Baltimore Cop Tweets About Abuses He Witnessed

This morning (June 24th), Michael A. Wood Jr., a retired Baltimore police detective, began sending out a series of tweets about abuse he had “seen & participated in, in policing that is corrupt, intentional or not.”

Below are those tweets:


(Note: CDS = Controlled Dangerous Substance; AKA drugs)

According to Salon.com, this isn’t the first time Wood has made some sort of admission about abuse by police:

Wood previously alluded to much of the misconduct he claims to have witnessed during a May 2015 interview on the podcast Dogma Debate with David Smalley. During that interview, Wood called for an end to the war on drugs and cited a lack of empathy as one of the main drivers of police misconduct.

Michael Wood Jr2On the face of it, none of these admissions are exactly a revelation (which is kind of a statement in itself) if you’ve been paying attention to police abuse issues and the lack of accountability for them. There are some interesting details within them that connect to and tend to confirm (or be confirmed by) some previous known practices within other departments. Not too long ago, a Philadelphia cop admitted to planting drugs, falsifying paperwork, and lying under oath in testimony against other cops accused of stealing and doing all those other things that he did. In Houston, a group of police officers were caught writing bogus tickets in order to earn overtime by testifying in court. Also, in a high profile case of police brutality from Denver, the operator of the CCTV cam that provided the footage of an officer attacking a young man, who was in no way threatening or being aggressive toward him or anyone else, begins to pan away from the scene as soon as the beating starts, to try and prevent capturing evidence of it.

Wood’s admissions and the timing of them are a bit telling about the culture of police departments. It’s somewhat of a better late than never scenario, but the fact that he stood by and witnessed all of these (and probably many more) abuses and didn’t report them or take steps to stop them shows the level of complicity among law enforcement. This is something else I’m actually not personally surprised by. I’ve had a number of Las Vegas police answer with some variation of “are you going to pay my bills if I do,” when questioned about not reporting bad cops. The implication that they would get fired for speaking up after witnessing abuse or corruption shows who really controls police departments. The bad apples have already spoiled the bunch.

However, the idea that you should stand by and witness or cover up and even participate in abuses for monetary reasons doesn’t speak much for your own morality or how much of a good cop you actually are. Woods and others who “come clean” after their days as a cop are over should be commended for that act and the light that it shines on the corruption and police brutality out there. It would be much more beneficial if those standing there right this moment witnessing an abuse would take a stand here and now, though. If we’re really to believe that the bad ones are just a tiny minority of the police force, then the good shouldn’t have to worry about retaliation, since there’s so many more of them.

banner-storeBTW, it didn’t take long for the parade of “Good Cop” supporters to show up and let Wood know how much they approved of his honesty and willingness to expose bad cops:

You gotta love those Cop Lovers with their eternal quest for truth and justice.

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  1. Common Sense June 25, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    He retired in 2014 from BPD. Woods can talk, but never face any consequences, criminal or civil.

    From another news article:
    “….Wood said he would testify if any of the civilians in the cases he mentioned stepped forward and asked for justice, but the incidents involving the slapping of the woman and the suspect who got kicked in the face were from 2004 or 2005….” Statute of limitations, both civil and criminal has expired.

    “I really would help, no really, but darn….sorry….” Guess he didn’t learn any courage from the USMC. All those cops tricked me, I was beguiled by their charisma. Odd, something tells me he will be selling another book.

    Here is his interview from May 2015. I couldn’t listen to all the liberal portions (“only whites can be racist”) so I skipped them. It starts about 100 minutes in.
    http://www.spreaker.com/user/smalleyandhyso/183-ex-baltimore-police-officer

    • Yankeefan June 25, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

      Maybe he is just an attention whore. Maybe he is telling what so many want to say as to what really goes on. I mean, we can have a cop with 15 complaints, 10 sustained and also be responsible for a million in judgments and that is called par for the course as lawsuits are part of the job. But we have a cop who seems to have a stellar background. Was in leadership and appeared to be a distinguished cop and somehow he isn’t credible? HUH!??
      I know what he says are anecdotes but the BPD is a circus. Wait, a train wreck. This is the 2nd BPD officer, that seems to be a top notch cop, that has talked about the real inner workings of the BPD. So damn bad, were they, that the hometown newspaper clowned them hard. A 40 % sustained rate on complaints over 2 years involving 850 officers. Yup, that is “doing it right” as we are told on here time and time again I suppose! Hell, what he tweeted is a checklist of stories we see almost daily now!

  2. disqus_AtF6T98fj0 June 25, 2015 at 8:57 am #

    And almost no one is surprised by any of the things he is exposing.

    • mioman June 26, 2015 at 8:37 am #

      JC, is

  3. RAD June 25, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    “If we’re really to believe that the bad ones are just a tiny minority of the police force, then the good shouldn’t have to worry about retaliation, since there’s so many more of them.”

    Nailed it. The whole “few bad apples” bs doesn’t add up.

    • mrbastachick June 25, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

      Yes that really was the best sentence in the whole article.

  4. DeadPigGoodPig June 25, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    I’m always curious why people don’t get even outside of the court. everybody that has crossed me in a bad way, is no longer here. bodies are impossible to find in the woods. as long as they are cut and bleeding and naked, animals will find them and completely dispose of them in under 3 days. the cuts cannot be made postmortem though.

  5. t June 25, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Yeah. Right.

  6. Grizzly907LA June 25, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    What do you expect? Baltimore is a city that has been ran by liberals for over 50 years.

  7. JC June 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    A “retired” police officer? I think not. More like fired. His rants and raves are just him being pissed off he lost his job.

    • JCpaidtotroll June 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      Yes fired for crossing the very thin blue line. He became a man and stood up like one. Unlike you ms JC..

    • Pw4x3r June 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

      Fired because what he is saying is true….. Doesn’t help your argument any.. actually….you have absolutely no argument. This place proves day after day in a plethora of ways how fucked up and corrupt the police are. Your ineptitude of acknowledging the obvious facts are a simple insight into the twisted brain of yours.

    • Yankeefan June 25, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

      Can you try and troll harder? Your bullshit is so ridiculous, Slappy, you are no longer funny!

  8. Randall Goguen June 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Every retired cop that is half a man should do this.

  9. Typical Coward June 26, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    This guy is part of the problem and was for years. He has given no indication he did anything to stop this when he first witnessed it.

    I do realize calling attention to this while still on the force will get you Adrian Schoolcrafted but doing the right thing takes courage and conviction which most police haven’t even an ounce of.

    Typical coward cop/ex-cop who waited until he was safe to do what’s right.

  10. The One June 26, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    No good Cops

    There are no good cops. A good cop would have arrested the officer for kicking, lying, shooting and killing a person who is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    Listen, outside of law enforcement if you participate in a crime or neglect to report or be an obstacle to a crime you are guilty in some way.

    Driving the get away car gets you the same time as the person doing the crime.

    Accomplish to the crime is a crime. So let’s just say there are good cops just for the sake of argument;

    With such an abundance of illegal arrest, shooting and beatings of unarmed citizenry;

    You would think there would be a preponderance of GOOD COPS TO IN AN EQUAL PROPORTION TO;

    TELL ON THEM

    STOP THEM

    DENY THEM

    IMPLICIT THEM

    NOT PERJURY THEMSELVES

    COMFORT THE VICTIM

    INFORM THE NEWS

    But to our surprise that’s not happening at all.

    SO THERE MUST BE SUCH A CONFORMITY TO AN EGREGIOUS AND DUPLICITOUS JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT MOST COPS ARE ON THE SAME PAGE.

    THERE ARE NO GOOD COPS

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