Officer William Torbit’s Family Still Waiting For Answers A Year After His Shooting

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Fighting for justice. The family of a Baltimore police officer gunned down by his own fellow officers say they are still waiting for answers nearly a year later.

Meghan McCorkell has more on the family’s fight for answers.

Family members of Officer William Torbit marched the streets handing out fliers Friday. They say their brother is gone but will not be forgotten.

Torbit’s family says all they want this holiday season is answers.

“It’s not going to be a holly, jolly Christmas,” Venus Torbit, sister of Officer William Torbit, said.

Last January, Torbit was mistaken for a gunman outside the Select Lounge. He was in plainclothes responding to a distress call. He was shot by fellow officers 20 times.

“I don’t understand what’s going on,” Brother John, a friend of the Torbit family, said. “For a man to be murdered like this. That many gunshots and he’s an officer, too!”

This summer, investigators released surveillance footage from one of the city’s crime cameras, showing the shooting as it happened.

Torbit tries to control the crowd when he’s punched and falls to the ground. People scatter as he fires his weapon killing 22-year old Sean Gamble. Then, officers fire on him.

“If it was a mistake, just tell us,” said Officer William Torbit’s sister Tiffany Clark. “Tell us something. Don’t let us go by another year without any answers.”

An independent review found the shooting was the result of inadequate training, a disorganized response, lack of leadership and failures in the investigation.

“Someone has got to be held accountable for the lack of training and supervision,” community activist Leo Burrough Jr. said.

The state’s attorney says no criminal charges will be filed in the case– a move that’s devastated this family.

“All the plaques that they want to give on behalf of my brother, the only plaque I would like to have is those people being penalized and prosecuted for the murder of my brother,” Venus Torbit said.

All of the officers who fired their weapons at Torbit refused to testify in front of an independent commission. However, that commission did find the shooting legally justified.

After Torbit’s shooting, the police department started requiring plainclothes officers to wear a police vest or jacket to identify themselves.

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  1. 1-0-3-0- WITHERSPOON says:

    THE BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT LACKS PROPER TRAINING, TO PROTECT AND SERVE. PROOF IS LOOK AT OUR CITY, OVER RAN WITH DRUGS, DRUG DEALERS WHO ARE NOT AFRAID OF THE POLICE. THE BALTIMORE POLICE CAN’T EVEN HANDLE PROSTITUTION, IN ANY PART OF THE CITY THAT DRUGS FESTER. INTIL PROPER LEADERS ARE INPLACE, MAYBE IN TIME BALTIMORE MAY SWING BACK, BUT FOR NOW IT’S NOT EVEN IN SIGHT. MOST BALTIMORE POLICE, ARE INVOLVED IN DRUGS WHEATHER KICKBACKS, OR THE POLICE ARE JUST TO DAM AFRAID TO TAKE BACK BALTIMORE STREETS. POLICE SHOOTING POLICE LIKE WAR FRIENDLY FIRE HAPPENS, BUT WHAT WAR ARE THE B.C.P.D. FIGHTING AMONG THEM SELVES

  2. Bryant Jones Jr. says:

    He was shot and killed because he looked like a civilian firing into a crowd of people.

    “All the plaques that they want to give on behalf of my brother, the only plaque I would like to have is those people being penalized and prosecuted for the murder of my brother,” Venus Torbit said.

    Venus, prosecuting a police officer for trying to do his job will not bring him back. now they are wearing vests to help identify each other.

  3. crazy! says:

    You’re brother wasn’t murdered. His actions were the result of his inadequate training, and the inability to take his beat down like a man. I’m so tired of the media entertaining this family who can’t face the truth that their brother was the cause of all this mess.

  4. I know well says:

    The real problem and the cause of the the officer’s death is the violent black citizens of Baltimore. Don’t feel as I do? Then why don’t these kinds of mob fights that end in shootings happen in the white bars and clubs in Fells Point and Canton? This kind of violence is very, very common where large groups of Baltimore blacks age 16-28 congregate. By the way, I am a black male.

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