- The Washington Times - Monday, April 11, 2005

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Police Department is daring drug dealers to make another video.

With hip-hop music playing in the background, Detective Donny Moses looks out the window of a parked squad car and urges street thugs to keep bragging about the drug trade. But in a stern tone, the police spokesman notes that they will have to find another cameraman. Police arrested the last one a month ago.

“Go ahead. Keep on talking. We’re listening,” Detective Moses says, turning to the squad car’s driver and telling him: “Let’s go, yo.”

The squad car moves out of the frame, ending the police department’s response to “Stop Snitching,” a homemade video that has been circulating on city streets. That digital video disc features drug dealers who warn residents that they could “get a hole in their head” if they cooperate with authorities.

The police video, titled “Keep Talking,” points out that three men who appear in “Stop Snitching” have been arrested since the DVD was released in November.

“The Baltimore Police Department would like to thank the producers of the ‘Stop Snitching’ video,” Detective Moses says. “In case you didn’t know, you actually helped make Baltimore a safer city. If we didn’t know before, now we know the faces in the game.”

Police plan to produce about 1,300 DVDs and distribute them to barber shops, churches and schools. It’s part of a new strategy to fight violent drug dealers.

“We’re coming after you,” Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm said. “That’s the message.”

The police video includes footage from “Stop Snitching,” showing the men who have been arrested. After a short clip of a scene with an arrested man, the video flashes the charges they face in red.

“And they won’t be coming home for a while,” Detective Moses says in the video.

The “Stop Snitching” DVD, which briefly features Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony laughing as another man talks, has prompted law-enforcement officials to seek legislation to strengthen witness-intimidation laws. Anthony, who has said he wasn’t aware of the DVD’s message, said he will help with a state campaign against drugs and violence, amid criticism of his appearance in the production.

Police also are distributing cards in especially rough neighborhoods that read: “By any legal means necessary.”

A pair of handcuffs is featured on the front, and the card includes a message on the back.

“You were arrested today in a community that will no longer tolerate the violence that has plagued it for generations,” the card reads. “Spread the word.”

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