Blackmail and Extortion

Gun Trace Task Force case about 'equal justice for all,' prosecutors say in closing arguments

Gun Trace Task Force case about 'equal justice for all,' prosecutors say in closing arguments

Federal prosecutors told jurors Wednesday that the Gun Trace Task Force corruption case is about “equal justice for all,” and asked them to convict two Baltimore police detectives who believed they were “above the law” and victimized people they believed were “beneath the law.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Derek Hines pointed to the government’s final witness, a young detective who testified that he rejected a proposition to join the group in their crimes.

“At some point during the career of these two men, they were given that exact same opportunity to make that choice,” Hines said. “But they did not.”

Six members of the task force have pleaded guilty to federal charges...

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