Officer Faces Punishment For Pursuit That Turned Fatal

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–A Baltimore City officer will not face charges for a pursuit that killed a man. But he still faces punishment from the department.

Mike Hellgren explains why.

Police have big questions:  Was he out of his jurisdiction, and did he violate the no-chase policy?

Haines Holloway-Lilliston died on the Beltway in Baltimore County after his motorcycle collided with a city police officer pursuing him for speeding.

Now, the county’s top prosecutor says he will not prosecute the officer–10-year-veteran Timothy Beall.

“The only thing we can conclude is that nothing criminal happened in this case,” said Scott Shellenberger, Baltimore County State’s Attorney.

The pursuit last July started at Northern Parkway, eventually winding into the county. From the start, police said they were concerned whether the officer violated their strict no-chase policy.

“Just because you are found not guilty or a prosecutorial agency decides not to prosecute an officer, there are still various departmental charges that we have to look into,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police spokesperson.

WJZ spoke at length to one of Holloway-Lilliston’s family friends who said at this time, the family is declining to comment.

Prosecutors say they did hear one radio transmission where Beall was told to stop the pursuit.

“There’s no indication he actually heard that because he did not acknowledge that on the radio,”  Shellenberger said.“The other time he was told to stop the chase, he acknowledged that, and we could even hear that the siren went off.”

The state’s attorney also responded to a published report that the police cruiser made contact with the motorcycle’s tire, causing it to be pushed out from under Holloway-Lilliston on the highway.

“Whether the police car nudged him because he was moving up or the motorcycle was slowing down, we really have no way of knowing,” Shellenberger said.

“We have a history of holding ourselves accountable, and this commissioner is not going to tolerate any behavior that undermines the integrity of the officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep this city safe,” Guglielmi said.

“If new facts come about as a result of another agency’s investigation, we will always take a look at the new facts,” Shellenberger said.

Officer Beall is suspended right now.  Internal Affairs is handling the case.  Again, though, he will not face criminal charges.

Holloway-Lilliston loved volunteering with children.  A gym at a city elementary school has been renamed in his honor.  He also played football at Towson University.

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  1. raacerx says:

    i feel nothing for the police officer it seems like he was bent on catching this guy who dared to not follow his command of stoping. he should get fired at the very least. find a new job. also, the family of the victim should sue the department and the state for not prosecution. shame on the states attorneys office for not taking the value of a life lost more seriously, what if other police officer know they can get away with murdered (the unlawful killing of a human being) i how internal affair also reviews the state attorney

    1. Dave says:

      Is this a joke? Here we have a criminal running from the police, and you blame the police officer for his death? You must be one of those people who hear about those robbers getting stuck in their victim’s garages and eating dogfood for a week and think “poor guy, he should sue the homeowner!”

      I hope every criminal who decides to run from the police meet the same end.

      1. raacerx says:

        its know joke Dave first off all i dont think the article said he was a criminal in fact it said the opposite “Holloway-Lilliston loved volunteering with children. A gym at a city elementary school has been renamed in his honor. He also played football at Towson University”. as far as he may have done something ok so he could have had a gun on him or maybe drugs or maybe he just killed someone sure in that case you idiot “dave” i would have been like sure maybe he should have died but even then does anyone deserve to die. getting back to the subject at hand. which is the no stoping did he deserve to die for not stopping well logically speaking thatsa NO. Dave you are one of those people who always does what he is told by his mom and dad and never lies or steals right? NO i dont think so. what if you didnt stop at this point your telling your self why would i not stop your not afraid you didnt do anything wrong. well you right their dave he did do something wrong at least as far as i know he was probably speeding, maybe to save one of his kids from an abusive family who knows, the point is he didnt deserve to die and thats what justice is about dave tit for tat is not that hard to understand you take something and you pay for what its worth im not going to kill you just cause you took my last cigarret with out paying me for it. btw dude your a dush

      2. Larry says:

        No Dave, You are the only joke here. If you ask me, Id say your a racist ahole. He was speeding that is not a criminal. He was not a criminal. The police are not supposed to chase a person on a 2 wheel vehicle period. The officer is the only criminal here. I believe that half of these police in Baltimore are crooked and racist and it has been shown in the past. Baltimore police are to busy messin with kids for loitering to catch the real criminal’s

      3. Peggy says:

        Dave, maybe you need to re-read the part that states that the officier VIOLATED THE NO CHASE POLICY…IT ALSO STATES THE HE WAS OUTSIDE OF HIS JURISDICTION…aren’t police officers trained to hear all communications no matter what the noise level…I believe he heard it …and decided to do his own thing.

    2. drboomer says:

      Unfortunatly, you and a lot of people that have commented on this have overlooked the fact that Mr. Holloway-Lilliston failed to obey the lawful order of a police officer. If he had followed that order, and stopped his vehicle when he was ordered to do so he would probably be alive today. You have a twisted idea of what murder is. It is not someone disobeying a police officer and then gets HIMSELF killed in doing so. How many people did Mr Holloway-Lilliston endanger by NOT following that order? There was a reason he was running like that. What was it? How many felonies did he commit trying to get away from this officer, who by the way had ordered him to stop. And yes, when a police officer is behind you with his lights and siren on, that is an order for you to stop. Additionally, when you decide to do something stupid like this, you had better be ready to accept the consquences
      That is a problem with scociety today. Nobody is willing to accept the consequences of their actions, they are always looking to blame some one else, or just not accept the fact they are in trouble is a consious decision made by you and you alone.
      Maybe this was just a normal traffic stop, but again, I want to know why Mr. Holloway-Lilliston decided to run from the police. Any way you look at it, that was a stupid decision on his part, and as far as I am concerned there is no legal action that would be warranted by his family.
      Your accusation the officer commited murder is way off base. There was a consious decision made by Mr. Holloway-Lilliston that led to his death, as unfortunate as it is. You also need to remember that one of the jobs of a police officer is to apprehend people that are breaking the law, and anywhere I have lived, running from a police officer is against the law, and anybody that has a drivers license should know that. In fact in most places failure to follow the lawful order of a police officer is a felony. If you aren’t aware of this, a felony is a seriuos crime. One seriuos enough that after you have had your day in court and found guilty of, you WILL BE sentenced to jail time. That is not rocket science material, it is a fact of life. Get used to it Mr Raacerx, because if you commit a felony, chances are you will be going to jail.

      1. raacerx says:

        Hey Drboomer, i appriciate this long winded explanation of why this guy was so

        wrong on not stoping and why even mentioning that the police officer had

        something to do with the responsibility of murder was wrong.

        i’m going to make it simple for you. Baltimore City has a no chase police specifically for this reason that in the past people have died running from the police including innocent by standards killed by police officer vehicles as well as motorcyclist.

        so lets look at this from a LOGICAL perspective two problems,
        Problem A
        not stoping because you know that baltimore has a no chase policy so you dont really have to stop just wait until this guy gives up, which should have happend quickly.
        what do you do Dr boomer.
        A do you stop
        B do you not stop
        well its pretty simple for you, you would say sure i would stop and take the ticket right or even go to jail. this is a problem cause its like saying what would you do if all your friends jump of a bridge you would probably say i wouldnt jump and make a hard complicated decision look simple cause you are not in that position. putting your self in someone position is the first thing you have to do to understand this problem.
        as far as the Law, it was created by man justice is a concept that we rarely get right. the law is not wholly it is not something you have to submit your self to or even something you have to accept. are reality is base on rules that some other than our self imposes on us.
        following the law living a life of purity never brealking the rules this would make you a drone and i belive most people are not drones although you sure seem to be satisfied with your life accepting all the rules that sciety throws at you.
        but i digress, by their are people who dare and people who cannot you are one those people; therefore, you accept the law.
        But i digress, the point is The Victim did not have to stop if he knew there was a no chase policy which was probably the case. so if you are a police office what do you do?
        Problem B
        The police officer knows there is a no chase policy he knows it by heart he has been told repeatedly there is no chase policy cause people die and cause problem for the city.

        so what to do your a cop and a speeder on a bike drives by, what goes through your head.
        two choices
        you chase the guy and maybe he ends up dead, you catch him and he gets a ticket or goes to jail.
        or he get away free.
        this isnt rocket scince those are the cops only option if he was actually thinking.
        what if he wasnt thinking
        then he was just acting
        on his emotions or instinct like a predator waiting for his pray
        the point is either this cop had no idea that this was going to end badly for the guy on the motor cycle or he had a bad intention.
        you know i have never had to explain this deep into any argument but follow me if you can.
        LOGICALLY, you would say what Dr?
        try to chase the guy
        or just ignore it and let the guy go
        i guess you would say chase him cause he could kill some on that thing or maybe you try to tell your self your going to save his life by stoping him (irony)
        all this could have been going through the cops head but he was chasing this guy because as you said he was the law and no one get s away from the law.
        if your a cop or a Dr in your case. well the law as i mention earlier is not absolute we make them it starts in congress it imposed by the police but in this case the Law is wrong admit it to your self Dr. dont excuse the law change it in your mind cause justice and the law should be one and the same in your mind. if you are happy and completly content with this world than accept your reallity but if your are braive change it for the better Dr.
        as a cop accepting the law that could kill someone or using it to feed your anger any ill content in this cops mind is wrong it that day this cop was ill and it led to this kids death Dr.
        what if think could be much worse is that this cop could have actually felt angry that day and was on a bad mood and took his anger on chasing this guy.
        dr open your eyes to the truth justice what ever you want to call it

  2. chris says:

    your a idoit the police officer didnt murder that young man the second time we was told to stop the chase its clear said he turn his sirens off thats why its called an ACCIDENT because they dont know if the police officer was speeding up or if the motorcycle was slowing down and the bottom line is the guy on the motorcycle should of never been running in the first police so he must of did something for the police officer to try and stop him and it had to make the police officer think that he did something becaue he was running and wouldnt stop so the young man most of did something its a shame he lost his life but no i dont feel sorry fact is he should of never been running from the police

  3. chris says:

    my comment was towards raccerx not dave and i agree with you dave

    1. raacerx says:

      Chris i dont take it very well when someone calls me an Idiot first cause i think most people are idiots so i am going to tell you i never said that the police officer murdered that young man (“Holloway-Lilliston loved volunteering with children. A gym at a city elementary school has been renamed in his honor. He also played football at Towson University.”) second my point was that he should have been prosecuted and taking responsibility for engaging in a chase btw there is no chase policy for a reason that caused Holloway his life. third of all i dont really know what Holloway did before what he could have done after and if we go buy your logic which is flawed we can ask why was the police officer chasing this frankly nice guy was he jellous or maybe he was feeling insicure or maybe he was just pist at the world that day and felt giving someone a hard time police officers are people too and we all make mistakes some are little some are big who made the bigger mistake that day? i ask you You Idiot

  4. Mr. Police Officer says:

    HE chose to not stop. Apparently a bad choice.

    1. raacerx says:

      Mr. Police Officer, you need some help

      i forgot what people call people like you i was thinking of heartless but that didnt quite fit ah now i remembered and looked it at on wikipidia just for you lol
      Psychopath: the term used for a personality disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with strongly amoral conduct but masked by an ability to appear outwardly normal.

  5. delores perry says:

    the police was to close he wasnt suppose to chase ass holes no the law people

    1. raacerx says:

      i forgot what people call people like you i was thinking of heartless but that didnt quite fit ah now i remembered and looked it at on wikipidia just for you lol
      Psychopath: the term used for a personality disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with strongly amoral conduct but masked by an ability to appear outwardly normal.

    2. raacerx says:

      sorry this was ment for Mr. Police Officer

    3. What? says:

      There is no way you know the law when you don’t even know how to write a gramatically correct sentence.

      1. raacerx says:

        what can i say

        i know right from wrong dude. btw, whats your point? that i cant spell check ok ill give you that much. btw just cause you can write well does’nt mean you know the law either dush. get a clue.

      2. raacerx says:

        just for you i went wiki

        and read up on the Law as you call it here something your might understand with that little pee brain of yours

        Legal realism

        Oliver Wendell Holmes was a self-defined legal realist
        Main article: Legal realism
        Legal realism was a view popular with some Scandinavian and American writers. Skeptical in tone, it held that the law should be understood and determined by the actual practices of courts, law offices, and police stations, rather than as the rules and doctrines set forth in statutes or learned treatises. It had some affinities with the sociology of law. The essential tenet of legal realism is that all law is made by human beings and, thus, is subject to human foibles, frailties and imperfections.
        It has become quite common today to identify Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., as the main precursor of American Legal Realism (other influences include Roscoe Pound, Karl Llewellyn and Justice Benjamin Cardozo). Karl Llewellyn, another founder of the U.S. legal realism movement, similarly believed that the law is little more than putty in the hands of a judge who is able to shape the outcome of a case based on personal biases.[32] The chief inspiration for Scandinavian legal realism many consider to be the works of Axel Hägerström. Despite its decline in facial popularity, realists continue to influence a wide spectrum of jurisprudential schools today, including critical legal studies (scholars such as Duncan Kennedy and Roberto Unger), feminist legal theory, critical race theory, sociology of law and law and economics.

      3. raacerx says:

        here is the LAW just for you straight from the MD Laws and Regulations dush read it if you can.

        (a) A court may enter a judgment of restitution that orders a defendant or child respondent to make restitution in addition to any other penalty for the commission of a crime or delinquent act, if:
        (1) as a direct result of the crime or delinquent act, property of the victim was stolen, damaged, destroyed, converted, or unlawfully obtained, or its value substantially decreased;
        (2) as a direct result of the crime or delinquent act, the victim suffered:
        (i) actual medical, dental, hospital, counseling, funeral, or burial expenses or losses;
        (ii) direct out-of-pocket loss;
        (iii) loss of earnings; or
        (iv) expenses incurred with rehabilitation;
        (3) the victim incurred medical expenses that were paid by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or any other governmental unit;
        (4) a governmental unit incurred expenses in removing, towing, transporting, preserving, storing, selling, or destroying an abandoned vehicle as defined in § 25-201 of the Transportation Article;
        (5) the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board paid benefits to a victim; or
        (6) the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or other governmental unit paid expenses incurred under Subtitle 1, Part II of this title.
        (b) A victim is presumed to have a right to restitution under subsection (a) of this section if:
        (1) the victim or the State requests restitution; and
        (2) the court is presented with competent evidence of any item listed in subsection (a) of this section.
        (c) (1) A judgment of restitution does not preclude the property owner or the victim who suffered personal physical or mental injury, out-of-pocket loss of earnings, or support from bringing a civil action to recover damages from the restitution obligor.
        (2) A civil verdict shall be reduced by the amount paid under the criminal judgment of restitution.
        (d) In making a disposition on a finding that a child at least 13 years old has committed an act of graffiti under § 6-301(d) of the Criminal Law Article, the court shall order the child to perform community service or pay restitution or both.

      4. raacerx says:

        read on dush

        Article – Criminal Procedure
        [Previous][Next][Another Article]
        §11–606.
        (a) The court may order that restitution be paid to:
        (1) the victim;
        (2) the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, or any other governmental unit;
        (3) a third-party payor, including:
        (i) an insurer; or
        (ii) any other person that has, under Part I of this subtitle:
        1. compensated the victim for a property or pecuniary loss; or
        2. paid an expense on behalf of a victim;
        (4) any person for whom restitution is authorized by law; or
        (5) a person who has provided to or for a victim goods, property, or services for which restitution is authorized under § 11-603 of this subtitle.
        (b) (1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, payment of restitution to the victim has priority over payment of restitution to any other person or governmental unit.
        (2) If the victim has been fully compensated for the victim’s loss by a third-party payor, the court may issue a judgment of restitution that directs the restitution obligor to pay restitution to the third-party payor.

  6. raacerx says:

    Chris i dont taking it very well when someone calls me an Idiot first cause i think most people are idiots so i am going to tell you i never said that the police officer murdered that young man (“Holloway-Lilliston loved volunteering with children. A gym at a city elementary school has been renamed in his honor. He also played football at Towson University.”) second my point was that he should have been prosecuted and taking responsibility for engaging in a chase btw there is no chase policy for a reason that caused Holloway his life. third of all i dont really know what Holloway did before what he could have done after and if we go buy your logic which is flawed we can ask why was the police officer chasing this frankly nice guy was he jellous or maybe he was feeling insicure or maybe he was just pist at the world that day and felt giving someone a hard time police officers are people too and we all make mistakes some are little some are big who made the bigger mistake that day? i ask you You Idiot

  7. raacerx says:

    i forgot what people call people like you i was thinking of heartless but that didnt quite fit ah now i remembered and looked it at on wikipidia just for you lol

    Psychopath: the term used for a personality disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with strongly amoral conduct but masked by an ability to appear outwardly normal.

  8. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    What have we come to? When an officer tells you to stop, you stop. Once you decide to flee, you have become a criminal. Fleeing an office is a crime! What part of illegal don’t people in this country understand? How stupid our we as a society that we don’t understand that when you break the law, you have to suffer the penalties. I do not think death was a suitable punishment, but all he had to do is stop. What was he hiding? Maybe nothing but one thing is for certain, he won’t be running from the law anymore.

    1. raacerx says:

      we have come to this common sense exactly what im getting at
      use your head your right not stoping is a crime but you fail to ignore important fact about what happend in this case so that make you small minded person who cannot see past anything in fron of your nose. and i dont have the time to explain it all to you but please feel free to read my previous post to get a clue.
      im done with you people

  9. susan says:

    Once again the police think they are above the law and can do what they want. If the other driver was a civilian that hit the motorcyclist they would have have faced charges.

  10. shannon says:

    Susan that is so true and even though he did not stop and he was wrong the officer should face charges

  11. Dr Dictionary says:

    It’s this simple and a universal “S T O P”. How hard is that? D U M B choices can cost you your life. Bet everyone gets that!

    1. raacerx says:

      Buddah
      “Do not speak- unless it improves on silence”

  12. Cheryl Sherpinski says:

    Is it just me or are there some people in MD who just like to scream RACIST about everything that happens in life; someone doesn’t study for a test and fails a class~ if that person is African American it is because the teacher is racist and the teacher has to defend the grade. If the person is white and fails the class for not doing the same thing nothing is said.
    Not everything is about race, it was not mentioned what race the officer was or did I miss that???

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