By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO
Baltimore City Police have confirmed the death of one of their own, Monday morning.
According to Baltimore Police, 25-year-old Jospeh Banks Jr of the 4000 block of Moravia Road, died Friday of an apparent drug overdose.
Medics received a call from the Tim’s Motel in the 4400 block of Washington Boulevard in Halethorpe, a little after 3:00 a.m. for the report of an unconscious male.
Baltimore police officer Joseph Banks Jr., 25, died of an apparent drug overdose Feb. 25. (Courtesy Photo)
When medics arrived, they found officer Banks unresponsive. After several unsuccessful attempts to revive the officer, he was pronounced dead on the scene.
A woman, only identified as Officer Banks girlfriend at the scene, told police that she and Banks had been using drugs throughout the day when Banks used the last of his drugs around 11:00 p.m; that is when she noticed the officer making noises as if he was struggling to breathe.
The woman told police that she called a friend for Narcan but was unable to administer it. Narcan is the controversial drug that reverses the affects of overdoses.
Four hours later, she called police.
It is not known why she was unable to administer the Narcan.
According to the police report, heroine and opioids were found at the scene.
Also noted in the police report, Officer Banks and the unidentified female were both bruised and bloody from an apparent physical altercation.
Officer Banks was arrested in October 2018 for an assault charge in Anne Arundel County at a motel where he was living with a woman, according to online court documents.
It is unclear if this is the same woman in both cases.
Banks had been on the force for six years and was assigned to Juvenile booking and intake.
At the time of his death, Banks was suspended from the force and The Afro has also learned that his father is also a Baltimore Police Officer.
It is not clear if Banks was suspended stemming from his arrest in October 2018.
Banks, who was a graduate of Merganthaler-Vocational Technical high School, also known as Mervo.
“Rest in heaven Joseph #mervopride forever. I am so sorry this happened to you”, said a classmate on Facebook.
“We are deeply saddened by Officer Banks death. Out of respect to him and his family, we will not comment further”, said a Baltimore Police PIO in a released statement.