The only cries for justice in this case came from the law enforcement community and the family and friends of the deceased officer. It was announced today that Dawnta Harris was found guilty of murdering Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio
According to an NBC News station in Baltimore, Harris, 17, was tried as an adult, accused of running over Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio in a stolen Jeep in May 2018, killing her.
We are constantly reminded during life scenarios both large and small that our future come down the choices we make today. Everything in life is a choice, and it is blatantly clear that Dawnta Harris had the choice NOT to steal a vehicle and then intentionally run over a police officer with it.
The jury convicted Harris, believing he participated in at least one burglary and was behind the wheel of the stolen Jeep. As the verdict was returned, the following decisions were made:
He was found guilty on count one, first-degree burglary; not guilty on count two, first-degree burglary; guilty of felony murder in death of Caprio; not guilty of fourth-degree burglary; and guilty of theft involving the taking of the black Jeep involved in the murder.
“I’m glad we were able to begin getting justice for Amy,” Baltimore County Assistant State’s Attorney Zarena Sita said.
“Justice” – the word rings hollow when this was a completely preventable scenario.
No one and no social element forced this young man to steal a Jeep.
No one forced him to run from the police, and even when stopped and cornered, certainly no one forced him to take a four-wheel drive SUV and physically run over a female police veteran.
The word rings hollow because all the justice in the world won’t bring this woman and police officer back. She died under the wheels of a truck, an event captured on video that has made the rounds of social media and TV news, horrifying anyone with a conscience.
No protests, no candlelight vigils, no screams for social reform, and no politicians trying to make political hay out of the situation. No one batted an eye, except for those of us in the law enforcement community, and of course the family, friends, and coworkers of Amy Caprio.
While social justice warriors with misguided agendas like those in Black Lives Matters demand reform in the justice system and the emasculation of police officers, these same people – who have followed blindly behind agendas generated by false narratives and outright lies – won’t take a few hours and raise a finger to help in their own communities, educating and inspiring young people to do something besides hate and fail in life, and then blame outside influences, or no influences at all, for the miserable lives they live.
The people who are outside of these organizations can see things plainly for what they are – people with no honor or character, keeping their own people down through guilt trips, intimidation and insults hurled at anyone trying to be successful, all the while blaming others for the oppression they place upon themselves.
As angry as this makes me and others, I won’t dwell on the misguided actions and narratives.
I want to talk about Amy Caprio. Amy was a four-year police veteran. Caprio was just days away from leaving for a vacation with her husband, where they were going to celebrate their birthdays and their third wedding anniversary. She was 29 years old.
She loved dogs. She always kept puppy treats with her while on patrol. She loved the outdoors and outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, and camping.
She had recently solved a series of burglaries and had been named officer of the month for her department.
She was the tenth officer to die in the line of duty in Baltimore County.
I will say a prayer for Amy tonight, and will hope that Dawnta Harris can influence other young men while in prison. It’s about time these communities start helping themselves, and not blaming others for their own problems. It’s all about choices.
Last week, the bodycam video footage of this warrior was released and made its rounds on social media.
The team at Law Enforcement Today decided NOT to run it.
LET understands the need to report the news and when the subject of videos of officers being killed comes up we have made a simple and clear choice. You won’t see the videos here.
From Jay Wiley at LET:
First and foremost, the majority of us are Cops, a combination of active and retired. A couple of our team are not, but they have many family members who are law enforcement officers. They are part of our extended blue family and they get it too.
So, when the news broke that the bodycam video of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio being killed had been released, we made a unanimous decision… You won’t see the video here on Law Enforcement Today.
I get it, there is a need to report the news, but I’m a Cop. Even though I’ve been retired for a very long time, I’m still a cop. My oath to enforce the law expired many years ago, but my promise to back up and help protect law enforcement officers has no expiration date.
I’ve met relatives of Amy Caprio and many of her Baltimore County Police family. I’m retired from the Baltimore “City” Police Department, which is a neighboring agency. Over the years we have buried far too many of our Brothers and Sisters. For those reasons you won’t see the video posted here.
We have a close working relationship with Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). We can’t speak for them, but we have had enough discussions with spouses of officers that were killed in the line of duty and none of them wants us to post these videos. For those reasons you won’t see the video posted here.
All of the Baltimore news media outlets are reporting on the story of the body cam video being released as part of the criminal trial. They are all taking different approaches to reporting on the story about the trial and the video. Some have shown parts of the video in their reporting.
For example Alex DeMetrick a reporter for WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore filed a video news report that showed a portion of the video. The body cam video stopped as the vehicle struck Officer Amy Caprio. The reporter said “WJZ won’t show show the rest. But, a somber jury saw and heard Amy Caprio dying from massive crushing injuries.” By not playing the rest of the video, WJZ apparently thinks that they are taking a stance that shows they have the moral high ground. And yet they contradicted themselves when they showed the video up to the point where she was actually being struck by the vehicle. Congratulations WJZ and Alex DeMetrick for displaying how little courage you actually have.
From ODMP.org , “Police Officer Amy Caprio was intentionally struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a juvenile burglary suspect in Baltimore County.” Police Officer Amy Caprio was 29 years old when she was killed, had been a police officer for a little more than 3 years. She is survived by her husband, parents, and sister and her extended family of blue.
Amy Caprio was a police officer, a sister, a wife and a friend to many. She had a large family of Baltimore County Police, in addition to Baltimore City Police and other agencies across the State of Maryland. Amy was part of a nationwide family of blue.
For all the reasons listed above, you won’t see the body cam video of Amy Caprio being killed on Law Enforcement Today.