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High ranking Arundel cop calls force "dysfunctional"

The corruption scandal unfolding in Anne Arundel County in which the chief executive is accused of using his police protection detail to perform menial errands, steal campaign signs and run background checks on political opponents, hit a new lot Monday night.

The Sun's Nicole Fuller reports that Deputy Police Chief Lt. Col. Emerson C. Davis testified to the county council:

"Right now we are dysfunctional as a Police Department. Based on the circumstances that we find ourselves in today, it's awful suspect to say we're following our organizational values. This is not just about the [security detail]. This is about the supervisors and the leaders of the Police Department. … This is one of the biggest black eyes we've had on the department in the 35 years I've been here."

No more trying to say the police force is strong despite the allegations. The police chief, James E. Teare Sr., refused to testify. But Davis didn't disappoint. He said he has called for a federal investigation of the police department.

Read Nicole's story and background on the indictment of County Executive John R. Leopold.

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