Caught on camera: Baltimore officers rescue child and mother who tried to drown herself and daughter

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BALTIMORE, MD – A group of Baltimore Police officers are being credited with saving the life of a 34-year-old woman and her 6-year-old child, after officials say the woman attempted to drown herself and her daughter in the Inner Harbor. 

The incident occurred on December 13th when Baltimore Police officers from the Southern District responded to the waterline behind Harbor Hospital on S. Hanover Street, where the mother and daughter were witnessed in the cold waters. 

Officials say that the mother was experiencing some sort of a behavioral crisis, which is what allegedly resulted in the attempted murder/suicide attempt that day. 

Officers immediately took to the water, as seen on captured body cam footage recently released, first tending to the 6-year-old girl.

The young girl was immediately placed inside of a police cruiser and rushed to the nearest hospital. 

At the time of her rescue, the 6-tear-old girl was initially unresponsive. Thankfully, hospital staff were able to successfully able to render treatment and the girl is said to have recovered. 

As for the mother, police say that she was taken to a hospital nearby as well to receive treatment and also an evaluation. It is unclear what legal proceedings will follow with regard to the 34-year-old mother in the matter. 

The mother nor the daughter have been revealed by name as of this time. 

While these Baltimore Police officers are getting heralded for their quick and heroic actions, officers in Minneapolis were dealing with rowdy protesters at an active crime scene earlier in December. 

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And the irony is, the protesters that were yelling at police didn’t have the full story about the officer involved shooting that they were up in arms about. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Hours after a fatal officer involved shooting of an armed suspect who opened fire on police, a group of protesters had managed to form around the active crime scene on the evening of December 30th. 

The officer involved shooting resulted in 22-year-old Dolal Idd being fatally shot by police outside the Holiday gas station at E. 36th St. & Cedar Ave. at around 6:15 p.m. on the evening of December 30th. 

Police were attempting to conduct what was only described as a felony traffic stop, when Idd was trying to flee from the area where his car was boxed in by other patrols units. 

Body cam footage released on December 31st showed the moments when officers were instructing Idd to shut off the engine and exit the vehicle. However, instead of complying with the delivered orders, Idd produced a handgun and opened fire on police. 

Officers then returned fire, fatally shooting the suspect. 

Yet, prior to the facts coming out regarding the case and the life-endangering conduct employed by Idd that resulted in him being shot by police – numerous protesters had encircled police officers while they were trying to work the active seen shortly after the incident. 

Police radio traffic from that evening alleges that some of the protesters were throwing the likes of bricks and “ice balls” at some of the officers on the scene:

“Officer over dispatch say there are more than 100 people and crowd is growing. Bricks thrown. One squad surrounded. Someone detained at 35th and Cedar. Another officer asked for permission to use 40 mm launcher because ‘they are starting to throw ice balls at us.’”

According to some of the captured radio traffic, officers on the scene were advised that pepper spray should be the go-to for general rowdiness from the crowd an launchers were only meant to be directed toward specific and immediate threats. 

Despite initial concerns about potential dangers posed by the crowd that had formed at the scene of the investigation, matters didn’t much escalate beyond the first reported incidents of the bricks and “ice balls”. 

But while there was no real harm enacted by the crowd against officers that evening, the group’s hostile sentiments toward police were on full display. 

There was also a report about one squad car getting chased down by a group of people – likely from the crowd that had amassed – throwing “snow chucks”, which is typical slang for snowballs. However, it’s unclear if anything genuinely serious (in terms of any arrests) resulted from that alleged matter. 

Luckily, police were eventually able to get control of the scene and the emotional crowd had eventually dispersed. 

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo had issued a statement after the fatal shooting, but prior to the release of the body cam footage, urging the public to wait until the facts of the case are known before jumping to conclusions:

“As chief, I recognize the trauma that our city has been under, and we want to do everything we can to maintain the peace. Our city has gone through too much. We need to keep our officers safe, we need to keep our community safe, and I tell you, we need to preserve that crime scene so that the facts can continue to come out as it relates to that.”

And, as evidenced by the body cam footage now public, it turns out that the suspect was indeed armed and shot at police – prompting the returned fire. 

Still, this is an ongoing investigation, according to the MPD.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further insight into this case. 

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