Kit Fister: NFA: Baltimore has been skewing murder statistics by claiming anyone thrown off a roof or overpass committed suicide. There mayor (now governor) O'Malley took suicides out of the murder statistics and effectively allowed gangs to murder their enemies without a police investigation by throwing them off a high place.Police? He committed suicide there's nothing to investigate.excuse me, not that I necessarily agree with classifying deliberate homicides as suicide, but since when is actual suicide a "murder", and why should it be included in the murder statistics? People seem to be real funny about reporting suicides as though they were inherently "Wrong" or a crime. Ultimately speaking, people have the right to end their own lives, and live, or die, on their own terms. Period. My body, my ultimate right to kill myself. Stop trying to define it as a crime. It's not.
naughtyrev: When you actually read up on some of the homicide cases, it's pretty disturbing. One was reclassified for a woman who's body was found in an abandoned warehouse and she had been bound and gagged, but her death was ruled to be not a homicide. Another a woman was beaten in the head severely, and was hospitalized, where she died. The ME later ruled that she died of an aneurism, not the beating, and since there was no witness to the battery anymore, no charges of any sort were filed against the guy.
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