On Wednesday morning, former Baltimore police Sgt. Michael A. Wood Jr. woke up to find his phone full of thousands of new Twitter notifications.
A few days earlier, the 35-year-old Marine corps veteran had begun tweeting about his 11 years in the Baltimore Police Department — and all the things he had seen that he now felt needed to be shared.
“I was just formulating my thoughts,” Wood told BuzzFeed News. Since the relationship between Baltimore residents and its police force came under national scrutiny after the death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing riots, Wood said he had been talking to local news sources and radio shows. “I didn’t intend it as any sort of huge statement; I’ve been speaking about this for ages and no one has paid attention. I didn’t think anyone cared.” Within four hours, his number of followers had quadrupled and his tweets had been retweeted thousands of times.
Former Baltimore Police officer Michael A Wood Jr caused a storm on social media after tweeting shocking examples of police misconduct that he says he witnessed while on the force.
These allegations come under the shadow of allegations that police brutality caused the death of Freddie Gray, leading to riots across the city in April.
We asked Sgt Wood, who left the department in 2014, to elaborate a bit more on the allegations in his tweets. The allegations, which have not been independently verified, include officers attacking a woman, defecating in beds and racially targeting suspects.
Baltimore Police say the allegations are “serious and very troubling” and called on Mr Wood to provide full details so they can launch an investigation. Their full response is included at the end of this piece.
A retired Baltimore Police officer is getting national attention after talking about corruption in the department on Twitter.
Sgt. Michael Wood sent a series of tweets about some of the things he saw when he was an officer,
A retired Baltimore Police Department officer came out firing on twitter, talking about bad behavior he claims he witnessed, and participated in, during his time on the force.
In tweets Wednesday, Wood claims he witnessed a serious of bad acts, including officers who urinated and defecated on suspects’ beds during raids. He also claims he saw an officer kicking a handcuffed suspect.
“I didn’t realize I was revealing anything,” Wood told ABC7, “I thought all this was stuff that was previously known and I was confirming it.”
Michael sat down with Mary Beth Marsden on Thursday to answer, “Why now? Why share with the world what you saw now?”
While he was a cop, Michael never reported these acts internally. He states he wouldn’t report them now either.