Police, Citing Threats, to Withhold Name of Officer in Shooting Death of Korryn Gaines

Citing “an unprecedented number of threats” against its officers, the Baltimore County Police Department said Thursday that it would not release the name of the officer who shot Korryn Gaines to death.

Chief James Johnson made the decision after the department received “threats and actions against specific officers and officials,” officials said.

They also cited Gaines’ “anti-government sentiment” and the killings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La.

“We constantly balance the need for transparency with the need to protect investigations and safety,” Johnson said in a statement. “This is a situation where I feel we must err on the side of safety.”