Seven Baltimore police officers serving in a high-profile gun unit were indicted on federal racketeering charges on March 1, 2017. These criminal charges may cause a serious ripple effect within the department, throwing dozens of cases into question, many of which were intended to get weapons off of the streets.
The officers face charges including fraudulent overtime claims, shaking down citizens, and filing false court paperwork in association with their cases. These issues were discovered during an investigation by the Justice Department aimed at seeking out civil rights violations, which were found to be widespread.
One of the defendants in question is being indicted on separate charges as well, based on claims of his participation in an illegal drug organization who he may have been tipping off about investigations.
U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein is accusing the officers of participating in “a pernicious conspiracy scheme” that “tarnishes the reputation of all police officers.”
According to Rosenstein, the officers had initially come under suspicion a year ago when the Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating a related drug organization. This led to additional involvement from other agencies, including the FBI, and the utilization of electronic surveillance for suspects in the case.
“These defendants were allegedly involved in stopping people who had not committed crimes, and not only seizing money but pocketing it,” he said. “These are really robberies by people wearing police uniforms.”
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby elaborated on the involvement of federal agencies, stating that it “confirms the inherent difficulties with the BPD investigating itself,” and went on to warn that this case would have “pervasive implications on numerous active investigations and pending cases.”
Police are fallible, just like the rest of us, and their mistakes can have immense effects and repercussions when it comes to cases they have worked on.
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