ST PETE TIMES, TAMPA — With two Tampa Police officers dead, amid the largest manhunt in this city's history, Dontae Morris called a friend and told her this: "(They) think they're going to take me alive?... I'm going out with a bang. Tampa gonna remember me. I'm one step ahead of the snitches and I'm one step ahead of the police."
He succeeded for four days, and in those days, he imposed a code of silence upon those who might help the police. He commanded loyalty and fear. Those who knew him believed he wouldn't hesitate to kill.
Newly released court documents give 745 pages worth of glimpses into the investigation of the June 29 murders of officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis. They don't answer some big questions, like how Morris was captured, where he hid and who brought him to justice. Morris, 25, sits in solitary confinement, facing death if convicted. He is also charged with the unrelated murders of Harold Wright, Derek Anderson and Rodney Jones. Detectives reassure witnesses that he will never breathe free air again.
But some still don't believe they're safe. In an interview last July with one woman who knew Morris intimately, detectives asked her why she had been so reluctant to help. He had beaten her. He had used her. But when they had talked to her before about other crimes, she had kept silent. (No Snitchin). "Do you love Qwalo?" asked Detective Mike Kirlangitis. "No." "This is just a curiosity thing: How come you never told us?" "I didn't want to have nothing to do with it." "Out of loyalty to Qwalo (D. Morris)?" "If I was to tell and he found out, I know he'd probably try to come for me." READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE.
TAMPA TRIBUNE....Dontae Morris case puts spotlight on 'no-snitch' culture. Though the amount of tips coming into investigators exploded after Curtis and Kocab were killed and a $100,000 reward was offered, Morris wasn't captured until he surrendered. "It was surprising that he was able to elude us for so long, especially when the reward was so large," McElroy said. "People have been motivated to come forward for less."
Even Delores Keen, Renee Roundtree and Wislande Louis-Paul - the women who rushed to help the mortally wounded officers - faced a backlash. They said some people asked why they would help the fallen officers and said they would never cooperate with police.
NO SNITCHING DA RULE IN DRUG UNDERWORLD OF TAMPA COP KILLER DONTAE MORRIS AND HIS GANGSTA PALS, DWAYNE CALLAWAY, ALAINA RIGGINS AND CORTNEE BRANTLEY. Tampa cop killer Dontae Morris had built up a network of drug dealers during his time in the Tampa Fl area, 18 drug related arrests and a stint in the Florida State prison system for dealing drugs have expaned his “Gangsta’s reach.
Dontae Morris rode his bike through the projects of east Tampa, Filas on his feet, crack in his pocket, money on his mind. He hung out under the stairs at Jefferson and Kenneth Court, gray concrete-block buildings near his grandmother’s house, where rent is $400 a month and the signs say no trespassing, loitering, gambling or alcohol.
DONTAE MORRIS drank Seagrem’s gin from the bottle, smoked weed with his boys, and when police stopped him to ask for ID, they got his Florida inmate release card, see link click here. He cut a few rap tracks in a group called Gangreen. He bounced shirtless on the hood of a car in a music video. He rapped about the drug game and dead friends and not snitching. Treat my gun like a pit bull, shake ‘em baby.
No Snitching” is the rule in the ”Gangsta’s drug dealing underworld, no one will ever talk to the cops, even if they are threatened with jail time, hell, jail time is a badge of honor were you can hone your jail tattoo’s.
“No Snitching” campaign an attempt by criminals to intimidate witnesses..There is a phenomenon sweeping this country called the “No snitching campaign” A grassroots campaign to discourage crime witnesses from talking to police. T-shirts and hats with the message “Stop Snitching” have popped up all over the country from cities like LA, Jacksonville and New York. The trend has frustrated police and prosecutors, who say the intent is to intimidate witnesses.
The no-snitching message also has been found in the lyrics of rap songs and by the actions of hip-hop artists like Busta Rhymes, who has refused to cooperate with police about the murder of his bodyguard, on Feb. 5th, outside a Brooklyn studio where Rhymes was recording a video with performers such as Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige. Police say, that although, Rhymes and as many as 50 others may have seen the shooting, no one came forward – an echo of the silence that followed the unsolved murders of rappers Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G. and Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay.
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