A star of the Stop Snitching underground DVD that glamorized witness intimidation and reflected a powerful anti-police subculture in Baltimore and beyond has been arrested on assault and robbery charges, says the Baltimore Sun. Police found evidence of a new production during a raid on an apartment that Ronnie Thomas – known on the street and in the video as “Skinny Suge” – apparently frequented.
Baltimore police and prosecutors say they face daily challenges of piercing a street culture that warns against cooperating with law enforcement, and often have trouble getting convictions in court. Police said that two crime victims and a confidential informant were involved in helping police arrest the video star. Thomas appears in the opening segments of the Stop Snitching DVD, advising “rats” and “snitches” that he hopes they catch “AIDS in your mouth.” In response to Stop Snitching, the Baltimore Police Department produced its own DVD, called Keep Talking, and law enforcement officials and political leaders have pushed for tougher witness-intimidation laws. Margaret Burns, a spokeswoman for the city state’s attorney’s office, said that witness intimidation is a serious problem in Baltimore.