Tag Archives: Baltimore

Corruption beyond imagination

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Four [Baltimore] police officers, already convicted, testified to routinely violating the rights of citizens in order to steal cash and property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. … A total of eight officers of the Gun Trace Task Force have now been convicted of or pleaded guilty to felonies. … Baltimore, we’ve got a problem.” (02/15/18)


MD: Baltimore cops found guilty of racketeering, robbery in Gun Trace Task Force corruption case

Source: Baltimore Sun

“A federal jury convicted two Baltimore police detectives Monday for their roles in one of the biggest police corruption scandals in city history. Detectives Daniel T. Hersl, 48, and Marcus R. Taylor, 31, were found guilty of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and robbery. Prosecutors said they and their comrades on the Gun Trace Task Force had acted as ‘both cops and robbers,’ using the power of their badges to steal large sums of money from residents under the guise of police work.” (02/12/18)


MD: No federal charges for Freddie Gray’s murderers

Source: ABC News

“The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it won’t bring federal civil rights charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and unrest in the city. … The decision not to bring federal charges against the officers means none of them will be held criminally responsible for Gray’s death. Three officers were acquitted in state court, and Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby later dropped the remaining state cases.” (09/12/17)


MD: Baltimore took down its Confederate monuments overnight

Source: BuzzFeed

“Baltimore hasn’t wasted any time removing its monuments to the Confederacy. Just one day after the city council voted to immediately remove four Confederate statues in the city, social media posts showed crews taking the monuments down and carting them away in the middle of the night. … The Baltimore removals come as several cities hasten to dismantle their Confederate monuments in the wake of the violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.” (08/16/17)


Sessions to Baltimore cops: Go back to murdering people while I review your plans to cut that out

Source: Time

“Baltimore’s mayor and police chief worked closely with Justice Department investigators to scrutinize the city’s police force and embraced a plan they crafted to overhaul the troubled department. So they were surprised by the Justice Department’s sudden request Monday for more time to see how the proposed changes might conflict with the aggressive crime-fighting approach new Attorney General Jeff Sessions favors. Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis believed the proposed agreement would repair public trust in the police while also quelling violence. They swiftly voiced their opposition to the requested delay, and pledged to press ahead with the business of transforming the police department, with or without a court-enforceable consent decree.” (04/04/17)


MD: Seven Baltimore cops indicted on federal racketeering charges

Source: NBC News

“Seven Baltimore police officers were indicted Wednesday for federal racketeering crimes ranging from filing false overtime claims while actually at a casino to robbing a driver during a traffic stop. One of the cops is facing a separate charge for drug distribution. Investigators said the crimes — some of them committed by some members of the elite Gun Trace Task Force — took place last year as the Department of Justice investigated the Baltimore Police Department for use of excessive force, among other violations. The racketeering investigation was conducted in secret over the past year as part of what officials described as a sweeping reform effort across the department.” (03/02/17)


MD: Baltimore, US DoJ reach consent decree agreement on police reform

Source: Hartford Courant

“The city of Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday signed an historic agreement that, if approved in federal court, will mandate a range of costly police reforms in coming years, from how officers stop residents on the street to how they are trained, supervised and disciplined. … The Justice Department began investigating the Baltimore Police Department — with the support of city officials — in 2015, after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody. Gray’s death sparked widespread protests that later devolved into rioting, looting and arson.” (01/12/17)