Police omissions and delays related to the Korryn Gaines shooting

Ever since Baltimore County police officers shot and killed Korryn Gaines on Aug. 1, details about what happened have trickled out slowly, with some questions remaining unanswered. A few days ago, I tweeted out this list recapping how things have unfolded and what is still unknown. Here's an annotated version:

-That although police obtained a key for Gaines' residence through the landlord, they also had to kick in the door because of a chain lock, a detail that wasn't revealed until the Baltimore Sun, WBAL, and elsewhere looked at court documents.

-That the officers directly involved in the situation were not wearing body cameras during the six-hour standoff.

-That the police shot at Gaines first, possibly missing her. When she allegedly fired back, police fired again, killing her.

-That with the help of Facebook, specifically its law enforcement portal, the police deactivated Gaines' Facebook account. It was only later through a Facebook spokesperson that we learned that two videos had been removed—because they violated Facebook's terms of service (sources say in these videos Gaines is shown cocking her weapon and threatening police).

-That the police had also shot Kodi Gaines, Korryn Gaines' 5-year-old son—information that wasn't released by the police until a little after 5 p.m. on Friday, five days after the incident.

-That the police's Crisis Team was not used during the standoff.

-That there is no audio of the incident because it was not technically a hostage situation.

-That, despite the department's standard procedure of releasing the names of officers involved in a shooting within two days (or so) of the shooting, the police have still not released the names of the officers because of death threats.

-That members of the family were present during the standoff but were not asked by the police to help. According to members of the family who spoke at a vigil for Gaines on Friday night, they were told by police the situation was past the point where that could be useful. Cousin Creo Brady claimed at the vigil that the family was told this as early as 10 a.m., less than an hour into the standoff.

-That the police got a search warrant for Gaines' residence after her death where they say they found drugs and guns which they say belong to Kareem Courtney, the boyfriend of Korryn Gaines.

Copyright © 2019, Baltimore City Paper, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Privacy Policy