Harford prosecutor drops case against Baltimore Police officer accused of lying, citing lack of evidence

Misconduct charges against a Baltimore Police officer have been dropped after the case was referred to the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office, which determined there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed.

Detective Sherrod Biggers, 34, was charged in August with one count of misconduct in office for allegedly misleading a Baltimore assistant state’s attorney in an attempt to prevent an ex-police officer — his former partner — from being prosecuted.


The case was charged by Steve Kroll, the coordinator of the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association, who often is asked to review cases in which the local jurisdiction’s state’s attorney’s office has a conflict of interest. In this case, because a Baltimore assistant prosecutor referred the complaint, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office had a conflict.

But after questions arose about the case, Kroll referred the case to the Harford State’s Attorney’s Office.


Harford County State’s Attorney Albert Peisinger, a former city prosecutor who worked in the police integrity and narcotics divisions, said he did not see enough evidence to take the case forward.

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“I looked at the facts that were trying to support those allegations and independently made the determination that it did not meet criminality,” Peisinger said. “In my opinion, there was not enough, or no evidence.”

Biggers' attorney could not immediately be reached for comment. Baltimore police on Friday said they could not immediately provide details on Biggers' status with the department.

The charging documents filed against Biggers said that in 2019, Biggers' former partner was charged with a crime and Biggers falsely told a prosecutor that he wanted to use the former partner as an informant, and needed him to have a clean record.

The documents erroneously said that his ex-partner was a former member of the Gun Trace Task Force, and that Biggers had left this out when talking to the prosecutor. In fact, the partner was never assigned to the Gun Trace Task Force.

Biggers himself was publicly accused of tipping off a member of the Gun Trace Task Force to the federal investigation that led to multiple charges and convictions of Baltimore police officers. Cooperating defendant Momodu Gondo testified at the federal racketeering trial in early 2018 that he had been informed that he was under federal investigation by Biggers.

The accusation was not explored further at the trial; Biggers was never charged with a crime. He made dozens of arrests in the next few months, but later was suspended, according to Lindsey Eldridge, the department’s chief spokeswoman.