It’s morons like this that ruin the good name of honest cops, and give cop-haters legitimate complaints against the ‘thin blue line’.
With the ACTUAL murders and crimes Baltimore is facing, you’d think they would want to avoid becoming a real-life example of Batman’s Gotham City. Because the Dark Night is just in comic books and movies, but corruption is real…and has real complications.
Complications like thousands upon thousands of convictions that may be overturned because dirty cops have been involved in the cases.
Twelve of the cops accused of being dirty went on trial. At least two have been convicted already.
They’re not just ‘any’ cops, either. They were supposed to be the elite ones. ‘The Gun Trace Task Force’ set up in 2007 to take on guns and gangs.
Before long, they became as bad as the people they were sent out to take off the streets. Or worse, since the other guys weren’t pretending to uphold the law while they did it.
Here are a few tidbits from the court testimony:
Ward testified that his squad would prowl the streets for guns and drugs, with his supervisor, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, driving fast at groups of people and slamming on the brakes. The officers would pop their doors open to see who ran, then give chase and detain and search them. Ward said this occurred 10 to 20 times on slow nights, and more than 50 times, “easy,” on busier nights.
The officers had no reason to target the crowds other than to provoke someone who might have drugs or a gun into running. “A lot of times” guns and drugs were recovered in this way, Ward said.
» Ward said Jenkins liked to profile certain vehicles for traffic stops. Honda Accords, Acura TLs, Honda Odysseys were among the “dope boy cars” that they would pull over, claiming the drivers weren’t wearing seat belts or their windows were too heavily tinted.
» Jenkins would portray himself as a federal agent, telling drug dealers that he was taking their money and drugs but would let them go because they weren’t his ultimate target.Source: Baltimore Sun
As far as damning evidence goes, that’s not even the ‘good stuff’.
» Ward said the officers kept BB guns in their vehicles “in case we accidentally hit somebody or got into a shootout, so we could plant them.” He did not say whether the officers ever planted a BB gun on anyone.
» In one incident, police took a man’s house keys, ran his name through databases to find his address, went into the home without a warrant and found drugs and a safe. The officers cracked open the safe, which had about $200,000 inside. They took $100,000 out, closed the safe back up, then filmed themselves pretending to open it for the first time. “Nobody touch anything,” Jenkins can be heard saying on the video, which was played for jurors.
Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force: Ongoing coverage
» After the man’s arrest, Jenkins listened to the man’s calls made from jail. He was discussing the officers taking his money, and said he wanted to hire a good lawyer to go after them. Ward said Jenkins determined the man’s wife was arranging his legal matters, and wanted to cut her out. They wrote a note purporting to be from another woman, saying the man had gotten her pregnant, and left it in the man’s door, Ward said.
Source: Baltimore Sun
In Baltimore? What could *possibly* go wrong with planting evidence in an officer-involved shooting?
That’s not even the worst of it.
» Ward said the unit’s supervisor, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, instructed the officers to carry replica guns to plant if they found themselves in a jam. Police recovered a replica gun from the glove box of Taylor’s vehicle after he was arrested last year. The gun, shown to jurors, is nearly indistinguishable from Taylor’s service pistol.
» Ward said Taylor had a “source” in internal affairs who informed them that their overtime was being investigated and their phones and vehicles were being tracked. He also said that Jenkins told them that a sergeant named Ryan Guinn had informed Jenkins that federal agents investigating two of their colleagues had visited him.
Source: Baltimore Sun
Crap like that goes on and on.
» An employee of the storage facility said the officers demanded access to the security camera system. The employee told them they needed a warrant.
“They didn’t like that,” the man said. “They told me I was impeding a police investigation.”
He said one of the officers — he couldn’t remember which one — told him he “looked like someone who needed to be robbed.”
» Ronald Hamilton, whose previous appearances in the downtown federal courthouse were related to his two prior drug conspiracy convictions, took the witness stand against police.
He said Detective Jemell Rayam dragged him out of the car and robbed him of $3,400 while Hamilton was shopping for blinds with his wife. Rayam has admitted to the robbery and pleaded guilty.
Another guy was stopped by the police after going clean. But they harassed him and claimed he was crooked, but
…’attorneys cast doubt on those claims with casino records that showed him with massive losses, and asked repeatedly how he could afford a $500,000 house two years after being released from prison.’
“This right here destroyed my whole [expletive] family!” he yelled. “Everybody’s life is destroyed because of this. I’m in a divorce process because of this … My kids are afraid to go in the house!”
Source: Baltimore Sun
We support our cops. They earn our respect every day they go out there and face the worst society has to throw at us. Routinely facing danger, dealing with drunks, stepping in on domestic abuse situations, answering the call with suicide attempts. Showing up at the scene when texting and driving leads to a closed-coffin funeral. All of the stuff they show on TV, besides the long hours, the modest pay, and the strains on family life.
But all that goes out the window when a cop goes dirty.
Once you’ve crossed that line, you’re not just a criminal, but a traitor.
And for all we care, at that point, you can go to Hell.
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