A former police officer in Philadelphia and Baltimore was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Friday afternoon for helping a member of the Gun Trace Task Force sell drugs taken off the street here.
City Solicitor Andre Davis told Circuit Judge Gregory Sampson that the conduct of the convicted former Gun Trace Task Force officers was so far outside the “scope of employment” that an agreement with the police union to cover officers’ lawsuit damages shouldn’t apply.
In a sentencing memorandum filed Friday, the prosecutors for the first time linked De Sousa’s prosecution with the wider corruption case, saying they uncovered evidence that city officers shared tips about how to get tax refunds by claiming fraudulent deductions.
Michael Harrison, who left the New Orleans department to become Baltimore’s next police commissioner, is again taking the challenge of leading a troubled department through expansive court-ordered reforms, while also dealing with a community largely distrustful of police.
Two years after federal prosecutors in the Gun Trace Task Force case took Keyon Paylor before a grand jury to testify against Det. Daniel Hersl, lawyers with the U.S. Attorney’s Office say they doubt his account and are fighting his effort to get his conviction overturned.
The independent monitoring team overseeing Baltimore’s consent decree is calling for an internal affairs investigation into the Gun Trace Task Force scandal, including investigating officers implicated in the case who have not been charged with a crime.
A monitor overseeing reforms of the Baltimore Police Department says the dysfunction within the agency is so deep and widespread that it will take years longer than anticipated to root it out. Kenneth Thompson testified before the House of Delegates' judiciary committee in Annapolis.
Maryland's Commission to Restore Trust in Policing, which has subpoena power and is underway after initially being opposed by Baltimore City leaders, is focusing on providing as much clarity as possible about how orchestrated police corruption went undetected for years.
The Baltimore Police Department had a widespread practice of wrongly expunging internal affairs files of officers accused of misconduct, the public defender’s office alleges, and it’s calling for an investigation into the department’s practices.
A former Baltimore police officer has admitted to the FBI that he stole money, lied in police reports, and improperly used electronic surveillance devices, federal prosecutors in California said — widening the scope of police misconduct unearthed by the Gun Trace Task Force scandal.
A Baltimore Police officer who resigned from the force in June was being investigated for alleged drug trafficking, with the FBI obtaining a tracking warrant for her phone after receiving detailed allegations from a confidential source, records show.
A whistleblower within the Baltimore Police Department flagged investigators to corrupt members of the Gun Trace Task Force years ago — crucial information that later helped launch the federal racketeering case that took down an entire squad of crooked officers, new documents show.
A state commission investigating the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force scandal will get secret records from the police department — but will have to sign an agreement to keep them from public view.
Convicted Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force Det. Momodu Gondo testified Tuesday that his stealing money started in 2008 as part of a “culture” of city plainclothes detectives building trust with each other.
Members of a state commission created to look into the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force scandal convened their first meeting in Annapolis on Tuesday, with a state senator giving a sobering assessment of the state of the city to emphasize the importance of their work.