Street code keeps victims quiet

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 1, 2011

SALISBURY — East Spencer Police Chief Floyd Baldo said the investigations into the three shootings over Memorial Day weekend are ongoing, but aren’t getting very far. Why?
“We’re not getting any cooperation from the victims,” he said. “They won’t tell who the suspects are, or if in fact there is more than one.”
This “street code” is a trend among all law enforcement agencies — victims not speaking to police because they don’t want to turn in anyone and lose the street credit they have worked hard to earn, police say.
“They’re in fear of either their safety or their street credit, or both,” Salisbury Police Detective Travis Shulenburger said. “A very common phrase from people we interview, when we know they have information but won’t tell us, is ‘I’m not a snitch.’ ”
See more in Thursday’s Post.