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P1 First Person: This ex-cop is in prison to stay

Not only do correctional officers deal with everything and anything police officers deal with on the street, but they’re dealing with it up close and personal every day


By Obi Linton
PoliceOne Member

It was a night like no other. I vaguely remember it being rainy, dark and cold in East Baltimore City (Md.), as I stood outside of my police car waiting for the ambulance to arrive. I was standing over my third homicide victim for the night. He was a 15-year-old black male, honor student, athlete and good Christian boy.

That’s what his mama would tell you but I knew the truth. I knew that this so called kid was possibly wanted in several shootings, robberies, and even a case of check fraud of all things. Yeah, I knew this kid far too well to believe that he was all those angelic things his mama made him out to be.

You see, I worked this post, I knew these families and I knew that when I hooked and booked them, I dropped them off at large stone building with a wire fence towering over the city’s blue lights and I wouldn’t have to deal with them for a long time, maybe never again.

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