Family members of a police officer killed in the line of duty by fellow officers spoke exclusively with ABC-2 News, about surveillance video of the incident released by the Baltimore City Police Department.
Officer William Torbit died on January 9th, after a fight outside the Select Lounge. Another man, Sean Gamble, also died in the shooting, and four more people were injured. More than 40 shots were fired.
Earlier this week, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein ruled that no criminal charges would be filed in the incident.
In the video, you can clearly see other police officers in the crowd, before the shooting. Family members believe they should have known William Torbit was an officer. “The family was told that the police officer who shot my brother was talking to my brother five minutes before the incident occurred. So he definitely knew who my brother was,” said Tiffany Clark, Officer Torbit’s sister. “My brother did have his badge on. And he also had his handcuffs visible where everyone should know that he was an officer.”
Family members also do not believe that Officer Torbit shot Sean Gamble. “In my whole heart, my family do not believe that my brother shot his gun off at all,” Clark said. “And if you watch the video, you would not see him have the opportunity to pull his gun out. They have no proof that my brother shot Sean Gamble. Our next move is to continue to fight on and fight for the truth, and justice for our brother.”
The state's attorney determined that the four officers who shot Officer Torbit thought their lives were in danger. The family says if you watch the video, you'll see that’s not the case. They believe something illegal happened; they are considering their legal options.
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