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March Held For Fallen Police Officer

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There was anger and outrage Monday as dozens of family members and loved ones marched through the streets of Baltimore, demanding answers in the death of a city officer.

Mike Hellgren has new developments in the investigation into the death of Officer William Torbit.

Almost 100 people marched from the Select Lounge—where Baltimore City Officer William Torbit was shot and killed by fellow officers responding to a massive fight on Jan. 9—to police headquarters and on to City Hall.  They want to send a strong message they say over the speed of the investigation into the respected officer’s death.

“What investigation?  What investigation?  They haven’t told us anything,” say family members.

Torbit was in plainclothes that night.  According to police, he became overwhelmed in the crowd and shot and killed another man.  Then, four other officers—who didn’t know Torbit was one of their own—fired on him.  There were 41 bullets total in the chaos.

“This is about putting him to rest.  That’s not saying it’s over; it’s not.  That’s not giving us closure,” said Torbit’s sister, Sherri Torbit.

The family is particularly upset the investigation has taken longer than promised.

“I’m optimistic we’ll be able to provide a full review within the next three weeks,” said Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld on Jan. 10.

But that was almost six weeks ago.

“The Baltimore Police Department remains focused on conducting a thorough investigation into every aspect of this tragic case,” police said Monday.

“Think about if it was your son, your daughter, your nephew.  You would want some type of answers,” said cousin Nathaniel Bond Jr.

Police say they have yet to receive the full autopsy report.  They’ve also pledged to have an independent review of their findings.

But Torbit’s outraged family feels they’ve been left out of the loop.

“It’s about the family, the immediate family, to have some type of answers in what happened at this massacre down here,” said cousin Charles Lucas.

Torbit served on the force for eight years.

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