Baltimore Officers Indicted For Crimes Like Stealing Up To $200K

Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein on Friday

Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein on Friday

Detective Gondo also faces a mandatory 5 year-sentence for conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin and a maximum of 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine. Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32; Det.

The officers involved have been identified as Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, Jemell Rayam, Marcus Taylor and Maurice Ward.

The 45-page indictment, which is sprinkled with colorful dialogue that wouldn't be out of place in, say, a gritty crime show about Baltimore cops, recounts a series of jaw-dropping stories about shakedowns and carefully plotted deceptions.

"They were involved in stopping people who had not committed crimes and not only seizing their money but pocketing it", he said. "These are really robberies by people who are wearing police uniforms", said Rosenstein.

"These officers are 1930s-style gangsters", Mr Davis said.

"Reform isn't always pretty". "This is a punch in the gut for the Baltimore Police Department".

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Baltimore entered a consent decree with the Justice Department in January that included sweeping reforms.

Said Davis: "We have to break through this culture of looking the other way". "We have issues", Davis said.

The announcement was made via a press conference from the U.S. Attorneys Office from downtown Baltimore.

The amounts stolen range from $200 to $200,000, authorities said of the alleged conspiracy. After three were acquitted, prosecutors dropped charges against the rest of the officers.

The officers "arrogantly" ignored clear directives, a police official said. Later FBI got involved installing electronic surveillance, including one in an officer's patrol vehicle.

The officers were also charged with swearing in false affidavits to obtain search warrants in order to steal property.

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"I turned the camera off", Gondo said.

As first reported by the Baltimore Sun, several of the officers were also highly praised in the October 2016 Baltimore Police newsletter in an article written by Lt. Chris O'Ree, a member of the ATF taskforce.

The Justice Department later opened a "pattern and practice" investigation into the police force, finding that the department routinely discriminated against black people and used excessive force. "Sergeant Jenkins and his team have 110 arrests for handgun violations and seized 132 illegal handguns".

The outgoing U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein called it a "pernicious robbery scheme", and that the indictments read like a slow but steady fleecing of public trust through power. He said that the recordings demonstrate "a lack of respect for the system, particularly in discussions about overtime".

Officers allegedly filed for overtime they didn't work during the same time period, totaling $500,000, according to court documents.

All seven were arrested, suspended without pay and jailed overnight.

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"These officers are entitled to due process and a fair trial in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of our state", Ryan said in a statement.

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