US Members of rogue Baltimore police unit found guilty of corruption charges

04:00  13 february  2018
04:00  13 february  2018 Source:   NBC News

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Prosecutor: Elite police unit made up of rogue officers. Maurice Ward, one of the indicted Baltimore detectives who have pleaded guilty , began his testimony Tuesday, detailing brazen robberies and other instances of rampant corruption during his time on the force.

25 Jan 2018 BALTIMORE — Members of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force were tipped off about investigations into the rogue unit 's illegal activities, a former city detective testified Thursday. Former Detective Maurice Ward is one of the six people who pleaded guilty

Image: Baltimore PoliceSeven Baltimore police officers who worked together on a firearms crime task force are charged with stealing money, property and narcotics from people over the course of two years. Clockwise from top left are Marcus Taylor, Daniel Hersl, Maurice Ward, Jemell Rayam, Evodio Hendrix, Wayne Jenkins, and Momodu Gando.© Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Baltimore PoliceSeven Baltimore police officers who worked together on a firearms crime task force are charged with stealing money, property and narcotics from people over the course of two years. Clockwise from top left are Marcus Taylor, Daniel Hersl, Maurice Ward, Jemell Rayam, Evodio Hendrix, Wayne Jenkins, and Momodu Gando.

Two members of a rogue Baltimore police unit were found guilty Monday of a variety of corruption charges — a case that marred what was already a bleak period for the crime-plagued city.

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The officers, Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, are among eight Baltimore officers charged with robbing drug dealers, conducting illegal searches, claiming unearned overtime and trying to cover up their crimes. The other six have already pleaded guilty; two testified against their former colleagues.

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A federal prosecutor described an elite Baltimore police unit as a "perfect storm" of rogue officers in opening statements Tuesday at the trial of two detectives charged in one of the largest scandals Six other indicted Baltimore officers — all task force members — have pleaded guilty in recent months.

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None of the officers remain on the force, as the police department immediately fired Hersl and Taylor after Monday's verdicts, officials said.

Newly appointed Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said in a statement that he had officers monitoring the trial, which included new accusations of corruption and new intrigue over the death of Detective Sean Suiter, who was shot to death last fall, a day before he was to testify to a grand jury about the unit, called the Gun Trace Task Force.

The department has created a new corruption unit "that will focus, specifically, on this case and the allegations that were made, but were not part of the indictment or prosecution," De Sousa said. He added: "Our job moving forward is to earn back the trust and respect of the community."

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Federal prosecutor describes elite Baltimore police unit as a "perfect storm" of corruption in opening statements at Six other indicted Baltimore officers — all task force members — have pleaded guilty in recent months. "It was a unit made up of detectives who had already gone rogue ," Wise said.

Image: Daniel HerslThis undated photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Daniel Hersl, one of seven police officers who worked together on a firearms crime task force who are charged with stealing money, property and narcotics from people over the course of two years.© Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Daniel HerslThis undated photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows Daniel Hersl, one of seven police officers who worked together on a firearms crime task force who are charged with stealing money, property and narcotics from people over the course of two years.

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