Good Cop - Bad Cop

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Good Cop / Bad Cop

Baltimore City Police Insight 
Good Cop - Bad Cop

The Baltimore Police Department has experienced some negative publicity in recent years due to several high profile, corruption, and brutality allegations, including the 2005 arrest of Officers William A. King and Antonio L. Murray by the FBI on federal drug conspiracy charges. But there are some things that should be mentioned about The Baltimore Police; the department has more than 3300 members, it is full of guys and gals that risk their lives every day to make sure those they swore to protect, are protected. All it takes is a single phone call to 911, or even 311 and they will do everything in their power to get to that call... more importantly, to get to you. If when they get there, you are being held at gunpoint, they will risk their own lives to get you out of that situation alive, and uninjured. If your home is on fire, and the Fire Department is in route, the police will often enter your home (risking their lives) to help get you, and your family out. So while there has been negative publicity, the number of officers involved in those types of incidents are small in number when compared to the number of police that leave their homes every day, ready to lay down their lives to protect yours.

Take a look at the number of “bad cops” on this page, and the number of “good police” on this page, then take a look at the number of “injured, and or the fallen” police, and ask yourself, would a bad cop, become crippled to help you, would a bad cop give his life to help you, the answer is, "Of course not!" So yes, there were a few bad cops, and due to recent news it seems there are a lot of bad cops, but compared to the number of police in the department (3300), the percentage of those that are bad, is far less than 1%. There are bad people everywhere, Teachers, Postal Workers, Politicians, even in the Clergy. But to think all Teachers, all Postal Workers, all Politicians, all Clergy, or all Police are bad, that is just a wrong way of thinking, a prejudice way of thinking, and I think the pages on this site will go a long way to show our police are not bad, and that our police are basically good hard working police that want to help our citizens. In small agencies were corruption is often found, it happens because other police in those agencies allow it, in Baltimore Police however they do not allow that kind of behavior, we are a big department, but still small enough to see what's going on, and here police still, “police each other”. But what about the “Thin Blue Line” that everyone hears so much of… Well first let’s talk about what a, "Thin Blue Line" really is, and then we’ll explain why in Baltimore, police will be quick to report other officers doing wrong. First, the Thin Blue Line, the Thin Blue Line, is a line of Police that stand between the, "innocent minded", to protect them from the, "criminal minded".

From Wikipedia

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For more information on Detectives Murray, and King, Click HERE to read an Article entitled 
One Drug Dealer, Two Corrupt Cops and a Risky FBI Sting 
Written by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee of The Guardian

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 The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement, it originated in the United Kingdom but is now more prevalent in theThin Blue Line

United States, and Canada to commemorate fallen officers, and to symbolize the relationship of the police and the community as the protectors of the citizenry from the criminal element. It is an analogy to the term Thin Red Line. Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public whilst the bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) is all stands between the violence and victimization by criminals of the would-be victims of crime.

Now the reasons police in Baltimore are quick to report a dirty cop, first, it comes down to safety; who would want a dirty cop as a “back-up”, how much can anyone rely on, or trust a dirty cop… and when your life is on the line, on a dangerous call, a dirty cop would be the last person you would want backing you up. Like anyone when it comes police we want an honest officer as our partner, a partner we can be proud to serve alongside, a partner that while we are risking our lives to protect yours, we know is risking their lives to protect ours. Ask anyone that has ever been in battle, when bullets are coming your way, or the fight is on, you are too busy protecting your partner to be scared, and you assume, your partner is doing the same for you. If your partner is unreliable for any reason, you don't feel safe. This is why good police, hate bad cops, more than the public hates bad cops, and as such we are quick to turn them. Also, if we were to work with a dirty cop, people will think we were dirty, and no good police want to be associated with a bad cop. So taking down a dirty cop is the best case an officer can make, it protects us from a criminal within our group; from someone that may have infiltrated our family.

On this page, we will try to show both sides of a story, and we’re always ready to hear your thoughts. But as police, we work with evidence, not a rumor, or speculation. We go by truth, and not animosity toward police, or any other group. There have been cases we’ve worked where information from the street, pointed to one person, but the evidence doesn’t follow the rumor, so as much as we may have liked the suspect for the crime, the second they are cleared by the evidence, they are cleared by us; the public has to do the same with some of these police cases. to quote Johnny Cochran, "If the evidence doesn't fit, you must acquit" and that is how good police work, it is how you should work, once the evidence doesn't match up with the information coming in from the street, we have considered it impossible, and if it is impossible, then the person has to be cleared. The thing with police other than possibly interviewing, we don't arrest until we have a case, so often we don't treat anyone like a criminal, or even confront them until we have information, and can charge them, and then we arrest them on a warrant. Good police doing the job right deserve the same treatment, don't treat them as criminals/bad cops, until you know for sure they are dirty, then take your information to the department's Internal Investigations (there is little they like more than arresting bad cops).

In the old days they called it profiling, to find a car with tinted windows, fancy rims, that looked like cars often driven by drug traffickers, and to stop them based on appearance alone, it is lazy police work, and to say an officer is dirty simply because he or she is wearing a badge, no better than the lazy, dirty cops we all despise. It is lazy and non-productive… to be productive, we need to let an officer do his job, don’t bait him or her by giving them a hard time. If these were drug stings or a vice cases; it would be entrapment, what we need to do is cooperate with the officer, and see where they take it. Let them cross the line first, even then, stay calm don’t give them an excuse, to turn "nothing", into something it was not. With this method of full cooperation, we will see who the good police are, and who the bad police are. But this is something that needs cooperation between good police, and good citizens. To go up to anyone, even the best person on earth in an aggressive manner, they will be put on the defensive.

This page will try to post the stories as they come up, both good and bad. If you have a story feel free to send it to us. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Some information on this page is of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - some of this information was updated by us because we feel the only way to share the history of this department is to give the good and the bad. 

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BALTIMORE (WBFF) - In a scathing review of his time at the Baltimore City Police Department, former commissioner Anthony Batts listed a litany of problems he says he found at the department while he was leading it. The comments came during his testimony before a state commission on police reform

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"I think it was a culture of people trying to be badasses instead of a police department focusing on community policing," said Batts. "I saw that use of force was, what I thought, was too high for an organization of that size. I saw that officer-involved shootings, I believe, the level was too high. The policies were outdated."

Batts became commissioner in July 2012. He was fired in July of 2015 after the death of Freddie Gray and the riots that followed.

Response 1 - If he really thought that while he was commissioner, and this isn't just a half assed, after thought, then why didn't he address it [Between 2012 and 2015] while he was in charge. Why was it never put into writing, discussed with E&T [Education and Training]. If it was truly an issue then shame on him for not addressing it.
If I was asked what I saw as a member of the Baltimore police, I would have to say, Real police working together on a common cause to be advocates of the victims of Baltimore crime. Helping those that were forced to live in high crime areas giving them someone that they could come to when they were being victimized by high crime in a culture of not snitching on those that were bullying their hard working neighbors into looking the other way while crime was being committed all around them. Our police often worked with used or ineffective equipment, but still risked everything to make sure those that called for their help received that help.
So depending on his definition of badass, perhaps they didn't just look badass but may have been badass. After all it is hard not to look badass when you are coming to the rescue of anyone in need of your help, and you run through whatever obstacles are in the way to answer their calls. Under that definition, it is better to look like a badass, then it is to talk like a dumbass.

Response 2 - It's the mental illness of those individuals who think, thought that way in the Dept. We lived, thought, responded, handled, mourned, gave promise to those, gave condolences to those, gave support to those, locked up those and brought to justice those that chose to injure those under our charge that we swore to protect and serve. I feel no shame in that endeavor. 

Batts Statement made in 2015 is a little different than his bad ass statement of 2020 -  The full statement is below:

"There has been reporting recently on statements that have been made by Police Commissioner Anthony Batts regarding forced separations from this agency. When the Police Commissioner arrived in Baltimore in September of 2012 he was asked by the Mayor to assist in reforming the organization. The Baltimore Police Department was in need of change, the primary focus of change was to rebuild trust, trust in the community and to also build a stronger and better police department internally.
"The Police Commissioner has said he will back his officers who do a good job, officers who make mistakes but their hearts are in the right places. The Commissioner has further stated that he has no tolerance for officers who have malice in their hearts and wish to harm the community. In law enforcement in particular it is necessary to recognize those individuals, to take the opportunity to train and mentor them or as circumstances necessitate to terminate.

"Under the Police Commissioner's tenure there have been a total of 72 forced separations from the agency. Twenty-six of those separations are terminations. The remaining forty-six are individuals who resigned or retired in lieu of termination. These are individuals who have been internally charged with misconduct, false statements, criminal activities, neglecting their duty and other offenses. Had these individuals remained on the department and had not retired or resigned they would have been terminated. These numbers do not include the hundreds of officers who have nobly served their department, this profession and this community who resigned or retired in good standing.

"The forced separations assist in building trust both in the community and within the department. The community is able to tangibly see that their concerns and complaints have been heard and those individuals who have caused harm have been identified and are no longer law enforcement officers. The Baltimore Police Department will not tolerate misconduct and will not tolerate individuals who tarnish the relationship that thousands of dedicated officers have risked their lives to build. The Baltimore Police Department takes pride in its officers who should hold their heads high with the respect each and every one of them deserves. Police Commissioner Batts applauds those courageous and hardworking officers."

Commissioner Anthony Batts
Wednesday, June 3rd 2015

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Baltimore police officer suspended with pay after viral video shows him punching, tackling the man

A Baltimore police officer was suspended with pay by the department Saturday after a viral video emerged showing him repeatedly punching a man in the face before taking him to the ground.

UPDATE: Baltimore officer from viral beating video resigns, police confirm »

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said he was “deeply disturbed” by the video, and that the incident is under investigation.

“The officer involved has been suspended while we investigate the totality of this incident,” Tuggle said. “Part of our investigation will be reviewing body worn camera footage.”

Police said a second officer on the scene at the time of the incident was placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

Attorney Warren Brown, who is representing the man who was punched, identified his client as Dashawn McGrier, 26. Brown said McGrier was not being charged with a crime, but was taken to a hospital and was having X-rays taken of his jaw, nose, and ribs late Saturday for suspected fractures from the altercation.

Brown said McGrier had a previous run-in with the same police officer — whom he identified as Officer Arthur Williams — in June that resulted in McGrier being charged with assaulting the officer, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, and resisting arrest. Brown said that in that incident and in the one Saturday, McGrier was targeted without justification by the officer.

“It seems like this officer had just decided that Dashawn was going to be his punching bag,” Brown said. “And this was a brutal attack that was degrading and demeaning to my client, to that community, and to the police department.”

Williams could not be reached for comment.

Tuggle did not identify the officer or the man who was punched, but the department said the officer has been on the force for just over a year.

At Williams’ graduation from the police academy last year, he received awards for top performance, including for high marks in "defense tactics, physical training, and emergency vehicle operations,” for his "academic achievement, professional attitude, appearance, ability to supervise,” and for his "tireless and unwavering dedication" and "outstanding leadership ability,” according to a video of the graduation ceremony.

The police department said the incident Saturday began after two officers stopped McGrier, let him go, then approached him again to give him a citizen contact sheet.

“When he was asked for his identification, the situation escalated when he refused,” the department said. “The police officer then struck the man several times.”

Brown said McGrier was sitting on steps when Williams passed by in his vehicle, then moments later was walking down the street when the officer, now on foot, told him to stop without giving him a reason.

“My client was saying, ‘What is this all about? You don’t even have probable cause,’ ” Brown said. That’s when Williams began shoving McGrier, Brown said.

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Tuggle asked anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the Office of Professional Responsibility at 410-396-2300.

“While I have an expectation that officers are out of their cars, on foot, and engaging citizens, I expect that it will be done professionally and constitutionally,” he said. “I have zero tolerance for behavior like I witnessed on the video today. Officers have a responsibility and duty to control their emotions in the most stressful of situations.”

The incident occurred Saturday outside Q’s Bar and Liquors in the 2600 block of E. Monument St. in East Baltimore.

The video shows the officer pushing McGrier against a wall, with his hand on McGrier’s chest, and then McGrier pushing the officer’s hand off his chest. It is then that the officer starts swinging.

The officer throws repeated punches, shoves McGrier onto rowhouse steps and continues beating him until McGrier lands on the pavement. McGrier appears to be bleeding when he gets to the ground.

McGrier appears to try to deflect some of the officer’s punches but does not punch back.

A second officer, who the department did not identify, briefly places his hand on McGrier’s arm as McGrier tries to avoid the blows but does not appear to try to stop the first officer from throwing punches.

Police pleaded with the man to drop the knife before shooting at the behavioral health clinic, body camera footage shows Shantel Allen, 28, who said she grew up with McGrier and considers him like a brother, called the escalation of the encounter by Williams shocking.

“I was speechless. I was enraged. I was hurt. I was shocked more than anything. That is really something you don’t expect,” she said. “I truly feel as though this officer needs to be dealt with in a very serious manner, so none of his fellow officers or anyone else in the criminal justice system feels like they can use this kind of force.

“This is a crime. You can’t just go around putting your hands on people,” she said.

Brown said Internal Affairs officers were at the hospital to speak with McGrier. Brown said he also had spoken with the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Mosby’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

The police department said Mosby’s office “provided information related to this case,” but did not explain what that meant.

Several men on Monument Street at the time — who asked not to be named, for fear of reprisal from the police for discussing the matter — said the officer who threw the punches knew McGrier from prior interactions, and that they believed he was targeting him.

They said the officer is young and had previously worked foot patrol along the corridor, but recently began working out of a car.

The men said the officer stopped McGrier on Saturday without good reason, which is why McGrier was talking back to the officer before the officer started throwing punches.

“He knows his rights, and he felt as though his rights were being violated, and he took offense to that,” one man said.

That the officer responded physically was completely out of line, and must result in serious consequences, the men said.

'I'm about to send this kid to the ... hospital': Baltimore police reviewing the interaction between the cop “We want justice. We don’t want things like that to happen. We want him to be held accountable, and not no paid suspension,” one man said.

Mayor Catherine Pugh echoed Tuggle in a statement late Saturday, in which she also called the encounter between the officer and McGrier “disturbing.” She said she was in touch with Tuggle and had “demanded answers and accountability.”

“We are working day and night to bring about a new era of community-based, Constitutional policing and will not be deterred by this or any other instance that threatens our efforts to re-establish the trust of all citizens in the Baltimore Police Department,” the mayor said.

City Councilman Brandon Scott said the department did the right thing by suspending the officer. Scott said he spoke with Tuggle after seeing the video, and the commissioner assured him it would be handled appropriately. He said the officer should be fired.

“You see that video and you see what we are trying to prevent in the police department,” said Scott, who is chair of the council's public safety committee. “It goes against the consent decree and the work we’re trying to do to rebuild trust between the community and the police department.”

The city entered into a federal consent decree in 2017 after the U.S. Justice Department found officers routinely violated people’s constitutional rights.

The justice department’s investigation began soon after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray following injuries he suffered in police custody. The 2015 incident became a flashpoint in the national conversation about police brutality.

A look at recent Baltimore Police scandals, from De Sousa's resignation to Gun Trace Task Force

Despite increased oversight, the city’s police department has had numerous scandals in recent months, including allegations of police misconduct.

Police said late last month that they were reviewing a different piece of viral civilian footage depicting a tense interaction with officers. The video shows a young boy being forcefully brought to the ground and handcuffed by an officer.

Seven Baltimore police officers were arrested Wednesday on racketeering charges, accused of stealing from hapless victims who often committed no crimes and of filing bloated overtime claims that almost doubled their salaries.

The indictment comes less than a month after the Justice Department reached a sweeping reform agreement with the embattled police department. U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said Wednesday's charges involved "abuse of power" by six detectives and a sergeant on the city's Gun Trace Task Force team.

"What is particularly significant about the allegations in this indictment is that these officers were involved in stopping people who had not committed crimes," Rosenstein said. "Not only seizing their money but pocketing it."

Rosenstein said the amount of money the officers would seize, without any charges being filed, ranged from hundreds of dollars to $200,000. Some of the alleged overtime abuses included one officer who claimed overtime for a day of gambling at a casino. Another officer was paid while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a week.

The indicted officers include Det. Momodu Bondeva Kenton "GMoney" Gondo, 34, who also was charged in a drug-dealing conspiracy; Det. Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32; Det. Daniel Thomas Hersl, 47; Sgt. Wayne Earl Jenkins, 36; Det. Jemell Lamar Rayam, 36; Det. Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, 30; and Det. Maurice Kilpatrick Ward, 36.

Jenkins was the worst overtime offender in fiscal 2016, according to the indictment. His salary was $85,406, but he received more than $83,000 in additional overtime pay. Five of the officers claimed more than $50,000 in overtime that year.

"This kind of conduct by police officers tarnishes the reputation of all police officers," Rosenstein said.

Rosenstein said the investigation stemmed from a drug probe conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Information was passed on to the FBI. Local police also aided the effort.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said it was a difficult day for the city and a "punch in the gut" for his police force. But he said such crackdowns are part of the change and would be applauded by his officers.

"These seven police officers acted disgracefully," Davis said. "They betrayed the trust we have — and are trying to build upon — at a very sensitive time in our city’s history."

Last month the Justice Department and police department agreed on a series of changes that are awaiting a judge's approval. The overhaul stems from a scathing federal report on police operations issued after the widely publicized death of Freddie Gray in April 2015 while in police custody. Gray's death sparked days of sometimes-violent protests across the city.

The report claimed officers routinely conducted unlawful stops and used excessive force often targeting black residents in low-income, African-American neighborhoods. Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said the department's "zero tolerance" strategy had little impact on crime solving while severely damaging community relations.

Six officers were charged in connection with Gray's death. Three were acquitted and charges against the others were then dropped.

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Marcus Taylor and Daniel Hersl

The second week in the trial of Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor brought to light a series of shocking revelations as a growing list of witnesses testified to the depravity and devastation shown by the elite Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), which moved with reckless impunity throughout the city dealing drugs and committing robbery, extortion, theft, and over-time fraud. Six other members of the operational unit that was charged with getting guns off the street have pleaded guilty. Hersl and Taylor, who are charged with robbery, extortion, using a firearm to commit a violent crime, and fraud charges relating to overtime theft have pleaded not guilty.

Callous cops and structural inequity: On Aug. 31, 2016, two cars full of Gun Trace Task Force officers watched in the distance as two cars that had just collided sat on the sidewalk badly damaged, with the state of the passengers unknown.

Det. Jemell Rayam suggested they get out and help, but aiding the injured drivers was not an option because Sgt. Wayne Jenkins—who was described by those he commanded in the GTTF as both a “prince” in the Baltimore Police Department and as “crazy”—told them not to do anything.

He had also told them to initiate the chase that led to this moment.

So they listened to the radio, waiting for a concerned citizen to call in the crash or for other cops to come to the scene.

This is all according to Rayam, who pleaded guilty along with all of the officers except for Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, and seemed visibly shaken and sometimes confused on Jan. 30, his second day testifying in the ongoing federal corruption trial of the GTTF.

And though Taylor’s defense relied solely on presenting the witnesses as liars, what Rayam said was corroborated by audio from a bug the FBI had planted in the car of GTTF Detective Momodu Gondo.

Rayam explained it all began that day when Jenkins saw a car he wanted to stop at a gas station. The car fled and both Jenkins and Gondo, each driving an unmarked car, drove after it in pursuit. The car they were pursuing ran a red light and, in Rayam’s words, was “pretty much T-boned,” by another car.

“It was bad, real bad,” Rayam said. “Both of the cars collided with each other.”

Briefly, he couldn’t answer follow up questions—a crying Rayam wasn’t sure which crash they were asking about.

“There were so many car accidents,” he said.

Intead of checking on the victims of the accident, the members of the GTTF sat tight and waited, worrying that their role in the event may have been discovered.

“None of us stopped to render aid or to see if anyone was hurt,” Rayam said.

On the tape, Hersl suggested covering it up: “We could go stop the slips at 10:30 before that happened. ‘Hey I was in this car just driving home,’” he said, and laughed.

The trial, now in its second week, has presented a tremendous amount of evidence showing that the officers claimed overtime for hours they did not work.

Hersl laughed again on the tape and wondered what was in the car.

Jenkins and others worried that Citiwatch may have it all recorded—they hoped the rain that night would make them hard to see—and worried the pursued may be able to mention he was chased.

“That dude is unconscious. He ain’t saying shit,” Taylor said.

“These car chases. That’s what happens. It’s a crapshoot, you know?” Hersl said.

This was an extraordinary statement to hear coming from Hersl as his family sat in the courtroom. In 2013, a driver—who was being followed, but not chased, by a state trooper—killed Hersl’s brother Matthew in front of City Hall in downtown Baltimore. WBAL said that Stephen, Herl’s other brother, told them Matthew “didn’t drive because he didn’t like traffic and thought drivers were dangerous.”

This incident wherein a chase led to a car crash echoes other events in this case. In 2010, Jenkins, Officer Ryan Guinn, and Det. Sean Suiter initiated a chase that also ended in a crash—one that was fatal. According to the federal indictment, the officers had a sergeant come and bring an ounce of heroin to plant in the back of the car they were pursuing, before giving first aid to the man, who ultimately died. Umar Burley, who was driving the car they chased, was recently freed from federal prison. Det. Suiter was murdered a day before testifying in the case—and the police car bringing him to Shock Trauma crashed on the way there. Guinn was reinstated to BPD after a two-week suspension and, last week in court, another GTTF member Maurice Ward testified that Jenkins told him that Guinn had informed the squad that they were under investigation.

Hersl has admitted to stealing money, but his lawyers argue that because he had probable cause he did not rob his targets—and did not use violence to take the money. He glared at Rayam as he testified about the wreck and various thefts. Rayam has confessed to dealing drugs, stealing drugs, and strong-arm robbery. In court, he suggested that Gondo, with whom he worked closely, had discussed other serious crimes, including a possible murder. Rayam alluded on several occasions to the numerous internal affairs complaints against Hersl, but the judge shut him down—that information was not admissible in court. On another occasion, federal prosecutors asked Rayam if Hersl gave him money for selling cocaine. Hersl’s lawyer objected and the judge sustained the objection.

But the overall sense is that, for the GTTF—and especially Jenkins, who has pleaded guilty but is not expected to testify—Baltimore City was at once a killing field and playground.

It is too easy to see Jenkins and Gondo and Rayam as sociopathic exceptions who are especially depraved. More testimony later the same day showed how this behavior stems from creating a city which criminalizes—or at best contains—a large part of its population. This structural disdain for life became clear in testimony from Herbert Tate, one of the witnesses against Hersl, who was treated like a criminal by defense attorneys.

Tate said he was on Robb Street in the Midway neighborhood on Nov. 27, 2015 to see old friends. A few days earlier, he said, Hersl had stopped him on Robb Street, searched him, and given him a slip of paper—not a proper citation, just a piece of paper—called it a warning, and said, “Next time I see you, you’re going to jail.”

It was about 5 p.m., Tate said, when he was walking up the street with an alcoholic beverage—he couldn’t remember if it was beer or wine—when Hersl, Officer Kevin Fassl, and Sgt. John Burns pulled up on him. Tate says that Hersl told Fassl to grab him. Fassl searched him, including searching his waistband and putting their fingers in his mouth, and then sat him down in handcuffs. In his pockets, they found $530 in cash, some receipts, and pay stubs—but no drugs. Hersl, Tate testified, dug around in vacants and on stoops looking for drugs. He went around a corner for about 10 minutes, Tate said, and came back with “blue and whites.”

Tate testified that he did not know what “blue and whites” were at the time but later learned it was heroin. Hersl sat beside his lawyer, William Purpura, glowering as Tate testified that Fassl asked Hersl what to do with the money and Hersl said, “Keep it.”

When Tate asked them to count it, he says that Burns got angry and bragged about how much money he made. According to a 2016 spreadsheet of Baltimore City employee salary data, Burns brought in a little more than $86,000, but with overtime—one of the main issues at stake in the case—he made nearly double that, bringing in $164,403 in 2016. On Feb. 21, 2017—just over a week before the Gun Trace Task Force indictments came down, Burns took medical leave and began raising funds with a GoFundMe account that claimed he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome triggered, the fundraiser says, from “inhaling fecal matter during a search warrant.”

By the time the money made its way into evidence, the $530 had become $216. When Tate was released from jail, he was given 91 cents back. He never saw the rest of the money.

Defense lawyers made a different issue out of the money. Christopher Nieto, who is representing Marcus Taylor (who was not involved in Tate’s arrest at all), made a point of mentioning that some of the money submitted as evidence was in small bills like singles, fives, and tens.

“Dollar bills suggest drug distribution,” Nieto said.

“Everybody has dollar bills,” Tate responded.

The claim was odd in the context of a trial in which it had been repeatedly stated that large sums of cash also indicated drug dealing. Whatever amount of money African-Americans have in Baltimore City can indicate criminal activity, apparently: Tate had a 2003 charge tied to possession and distribution of narcotics, for which he took probation before judgement and admitted on the stand that when he was in high school he “did some things”—meaning small-time dealing—but had never been arrested back then.

Nieto repeatedly referred to Robb Street as “an open air drug market,” “a drug neighborhood,” and a “not a great neighborhood.” A perception encouraged, in part, because these neighborhoods are criminalized.

“That’s what y’all label it as, but that’s not what it is to me,” said Tate, who testified that he had grown up in the area and had friends and family there and coached a children’s basketball team in the area. Nieto also said that Tate had a black ski mask when he was arrested, though Tate said he had it on him because it was cold and that he was wearing it as “a winter hat.”

This attitude displayed in the questioning of Tate (that certain people are inherently criminal) is the animating force behind the GTTF criminal enterprise, but it isn’t that far from the assumptions of our criminal justice system, which, in 21st century American cities, is based on an almost Calvinist view of crime: If some people are criminal, nothing you do to them can be criminal.

Because of the 2015 arrest, Tate said, he lost his job because he was in jail for four days, then he lost his car because he couldn’t pay for it and couldn’t get another job because of the narcotics charge—and to this day, he owes a friend for the bail.

“I’m still paying them back,” Tate said.

In March of 2016, the state dismissed Hersl’s charges against Tate—a common occurrence in Baltimore. After the charges were dismissed, Tate was able to get another job as an HVAC technician, which he has to this day. He also said that after the arrest, he moved away from Baltimore to Anne Arundel County.

“I got out of the city,” he said. (Baynard Woods & Brandon Soderberg)

 These guys had it all, a job that gave them prestige, an income of nearly 100K a year, and they still had to throw it all away over greed. 

Seven Baltimore Cops Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges

Seven Baltimore police officers were indicted Wednesday for federal racketeering crimes ranging from filing false overtime claims while actually at a casino to robbing a driver during a traffic stop.

One of the cops is facing a separate charge for drug distribution.

Investigators said the crimes — some of them committed by some members of the elite Gun Trace Task Force — took place last year as the Department of Justice investigated the Baltimore Police Department for use of excessive force, among other violations. The racketeering investigation was conducted in secret over the past year as part of what officials described as a sweeping reform effort across the department.

Those indicted include Det. Momodu Bondeva Kenton "GMoney" Gondo, 34; Det. Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32; Det. Daniel Thomas Hersl, 47; Sgt. Wayne Earl Jenkins, 36; Det. Jemell Lamar Rayam, 36; Det. Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, 30; and Det. Maurice Kilpatrick Ward, 36.



Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said the crimes were an abuse of power.

"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 simply robberies by people who are wearing police uniforms."

Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the indictments were "a punch in the gut" for the Baltimore Police Department. "These officers are 1930s-style gangsters as far as I'm concerned," he said.

Davis said that this investigation is part of a larger effort to reform the police department.

"Reform isn't always pretty. It's messy sometimes," Davis said.

Last August, in the wake of the tumult following Freddie Gray's death, the Justice Department issued a report that said the Baltimore police department often used excessive force and conducted unlawful traffic stops in some of the city's poorest and predominantly black communities. As part of an agreement with the DOJ, the Baltimore police department agreed to a consent decree to install sweeping reforms.

"We wouldn't be under a consent decree if we didn't' have issues. We have issues," Davis said.

Posters detailing specific allegations from 2016 sat on either side of the podium during the press conference.

In one case, four of the officers are alleged to have stolen $200,000 from a safe and bags and a watch valued at $4,000. In July 2016, three officers conspired to impersonate a federal officer in order to steal $20,000 in cash.

Prosecutors said one officer helped a friend being tracked as part of a drug conspiracy remove a GPS tracking device placed by the Drug Enforcement Agency on the person's car.

In another case, the officers watched a drug home for a full day and then stole $3,000 from people who later emerged from the home.

In yet another instance, an officer charged overtime while at a casino when the sergeant in charge was on vacation, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said. Another officer claimed overtime while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Sometimes, the officers turned off their body cameras to avoid recording what they were up to, according to the indictment.

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.

"I am extremely proud to showcase the work of Sergeant Wayne Jenkins and the Gun Trace Task Force," O'Ree wrote. "Sergeant Jenkins and his team have 110 arrests for handgun violations and seized 132 illegal handguns." He added, "I couldn't be more proud of the strong work of this team."

Rosenstein said that the investigation involved electronic surveillance and the installation of a recording device in the cars of one of the officers. He said that the recordings demonstrate "a lack of respect for the system, particularly in discussions about overtime."

One of the accused officers reportedly said that working for the police department is "easy money."

"I can assure you that for the officers that are doing their legitimate jobs, this is not easy money by any means," Rosenstein said.

The president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Gene Ryan, said he was "disturbed" by the charges.

"We are very disturbed over the charges filed against our members by the U.S. Attorney today," Ryan said in a statement. "These officers are entitled to due process and a fair trial in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of our state."  Shame on them all, these seven officers have tarnished the badges of their brothers and sisters, but at the same time, I hope it shows the amount of temptation the rest of us ignore, because in life there is only one and one wrong when it comes to honor, and these seven have no honor, no respect. They will end up where they belong, and federal prison is no joke. That said, God bless the rest of our Officers who through no fault of their own have been called names, ducked bricks, spit, and many other injustices because they decided they would take an oath to protect a community and as such, they will continue to fight through the injustices of prejudices thrown their way. But their pride, their integrity, and their promise to protect those that sometimes don't want protection, but crime states show protection is needed. As good police, we want nothing more than to see bad cops arrested, and good police maintain a well-deserved reward of honor. 

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Officer Santos
(Good Police) While one of our units was on an investigation, Officer Santos of the Great SW came to back up his brother and sister officers. While there he saw 3 pit bulls that were roaming the streets. One was obviously used for over breeding, as the neighborhood children ran in fear. Officer Santos was able to corral them into his patrol car and take them to a local BARCS.

God willing they will find a happy home and live out their days in comfort.

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Mosby, police commissioner announce criminal charges against the city officer in the shooting.

A Baltimore police officer has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of an unarmed burglary suspect last December, State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced Wednesday.

The officer, 13-year veteran Wesley Cagle, is accused of shooting Michael Johansen, 46, in the 3000 block of E. Monument St. after he had been shot by two other officers. Cagle was charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault.

District Court Judge Halee F. Weinstein on Thursday cited the "heinous and callous nature" of the allegations in setting Cagle's bail at $1 million. Cagle's defense attorney Chaz Ball argued that Cagle is not a threat to the community or a risk to not appear in court, and instead asked for bail to be set at $150,000.

Mosby said the first two officers were justified in shooting Johansen because he refused to heed commands and made a move toward his waistband.

But Cagle "on his own initiative" came out of an alley, Mosby said, stood over Johansen, called him a "piece of [expletivehttp://www.trbimg.com/img-5798ff53/turbine/bs-md-ci-officer-charged-shooting-20150819-001" data-c-nd="473x596" />

Both Cagle and Johansen are white.

The charges come months after Mosby filed charges against six officers in the arrest and transport of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died in April after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in a police van.

The officer who drove the van was charged with second-degree murder; others were charged with manslaughter or lesser charges.

Cagle, 45, is the first Baltimore police officer criminally charged in an on-duty shooting since Officer Tommy Sanders, who was charged with manslaughter in the 2008 shooting of an unarmed man who ran to evade arrest. A jury acquitted Sanders of all charges in 2010.

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Davis, the interim commissioner, called the charges a "punch in the gut" but said that when officers learn more about the case, they will "realize that this Police Department and state's attorney's office did the right thing."

"It doesn't make me feel very good at all," Davis said. "But what's really important here is that the integrity of our profession, the integrity of our agency, wins out."

Cagle was taken into custody Wednesday, police said.

Gene Ryan, president of the city's Fraternal Order of Police lodge, said that he "did not have all of the facts surrounding this investigation" but that "this officer will have his day in court, and I have faith that the judicial system will properly determine guilt or innocence."

Ryan said it was his responsibility as union president "to represent and support each and every one of our members until such time as the evidence suggests otherwise."

"As I have stated numerous times in the past, no one is above the law, but all citizens of our nation are entitled to due process."

The shooting occurred about 4:30 a.m. Dec. 28. Officers were called to the 3000 block of E. Monument St. in the Madison Eastend neighborhood for a report of a burglary at a corner grocery store.

Cagle and Officers Keven Leary and Isiah Smith took up positions on the side and rear of Patel's Corner 3 while Officer Dancy Debrosse went to the front, Mosby said. Leary and Smith then went to the side door while Cagle went to the alley.

Debrosse looked through the front door of the store, saw a masked man near the cash register and watched him head toward a side door, Mosby said. Leary and Smith confronted him, she said and told him to show his hands. When he didn't comply and instead reached toward his waist, she said, they fired at him.

He fell to the floor, his body partially inside of the store and his feet on the steps outside.

While Leary and Smith were covering him with their guns drawn, Mosby said, Cagle walked in and stood over him with his gun drawn. The man said to Cagle, "What did you shoot me with, a beanbag?"

According to Mosby, Cagle replied: "No, a .40-caliber, you piece of [expletivehttp://www.baltimoresun.com/bal-alison-knezevich-20141007-staff.html#nt=byline" class="trb_ar_by_nm_au_a" style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.2s ease-out 0s;" itemprop="author">Alison KnezevichThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The Baltimore Sun

Officer Wesley Cagle found guilty of assault, not guilty of attempted murder in shooting of unarmed man.

A Baltimore police officer faces at least five years in prison after a jury convicted him Thursday of two charges in the shooting of an unarmed burglary suspect.

In a rare conviction in a use-of-force case against a police officer, jurors found Wesley Cagle, 46, guilty of first-degree assault and a handgun charge. Prosecutors said Cagle shot Michael Johansen in the groin as he lay in the doorway of an East Baltimore corner store after two other officers had shot the man.

"There was no need for him to take that final shot," said jury foreman Jerome Harper, 64, after he and other jurors left the courthouse.

Cagle was acquitted of the more serious charges of attempted first- and second-degree murder in the shooting.

Cagle, a 15-year veteran of the Police Department, stood silently at the defense table with his attorneys as the decision was announced. Behind him, members of his family wept as they heard the verdict.   

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Cagle trial: Jury returns not-guilty verdict on one charge  but told to resume deliberations Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said the case demonstrates their willingness to hold police officers accountable.  "Today's serious criminal charges against a Baltimore police officer happened because our internal investigations worked," Davis said in a statement. Police officials said Davis would take "immediate action" to terminate Cagle's employment. He has been suspended without pay. He earned $76,021.76 in 2015 on a base salary of $69,296. The two other officers who shot Johansen — Isiah Smith and Keven Leary — were cleared in the shooting and testified for the prosecution.

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"I commend the witnesses who willingly testified against Mr. Cagle's reckless behavior as well as my prosecutors who presented such a strong case," Mosby said. "I'm glad to know that the jury looked at the facts and evidence presented in this case and ensured that justice was served."

Cagle's attorneys, Chaz Ball and Joe Murtha, left the courthouse without commenting.

Both Cagle and Johansen are white.

Johansen, who testified last week about getting shot, did not attend the court proceedings Thursday. On the stand, he described how he has long been addicted to heroin and went to the store the morning of Dec. 28, 2014, to "get some money."

In an interview Thursday, his attorney, Jerome Bivens, praised Mosby's office and the police officers who testified.

"We need more police officers to stand up," Bivens said. "We need more good cops to stand up against the bad cops. If we get that more often, our country will be in much better shape than it is now. This case is a conviction because the police policed themselves."

Cagle testified that he shot at Johansen because he saw a shiny object that could have been a weapon, but Harper said jurors did not believe him.

"That was thrown out," the jury foreman said. "We didn't believe that."

At a time when the public often sees video footage of police encounters, it could become harder for officers to defend their actions by saying they thought someone was armed, said A. Dwight Pettit, a Baltimore attorney who has represented clients in numerous lawsuits against police.

"With all the things the public is seeing, that defense is running kind of thin, especially when there's no evidence to corroborate," Pettit said. "I think juries are going to want more than just, 'I thought I saw him reaching [for a weaponhttp://schema.org/Organization" itemprop="publisher">The Baltimore Sun contact the reporter

Baltimore Officer Michael McSpadden will not face charges for incident caught on tape.

A longtime Baltimore police officer will not face criminal charges for hitting a handcuffed suspect in a downtown parking garage during a 2012 arrest — an incident partially caught on video by a security camera.

Prosecutors determined that the statute of limitations had expired for the most serious offenses, and they could not prove other potential charges against Officer Michael McSpadden, according to a statement released Tuesday. The officer, who has been suspended since October, earns about $69,000 a year.

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Police Seeking two Men in Retired Officer's Killing
Victim was Among 3 people Fatally Shot in City Friday
November 29, 1998 By Dan Thanh Dang

Baltimore police were searching yesterday for two unknown men in the fatal shooting of a retired city officer, who was killed in an apparent robbery outside his longtime West Baltimore home

The victim, Oliver T. Murdock, 73, was pronounced dead just before midnight Friday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, about two hours after he was shot in the 2500 block of Riggs Ave., city homicide detectives said. Apparently unrelated shootings in the city earlier Friday left two men dead and one wounded, police said. Murdock was returning home with his wife, Katherine, 73, about 9: 50 p.m. when they were confronted by two men demanding money. In a brief scuffle, one of the robbers shot Murdock, who managed to fire one round from the .38-caliber handgun he carried, police said. Katherine Murdock was not injured, and the assailants fled in a dark-colored pickup truck, police said.

The gunfire shattered the quiet of the holiday weekend and left neighbors mourning

"I was watching 'A Miracle on 34th Street' on TV and they had just decided Kriss Kringle was real when I heard the shot," said Erika McAfee, 16, a close friend and neighbor of the Murdocks. "I ran outside and he was lying there on the ground. He was still talking so I thought he was going to be OK. "He was very well-loved and will be missed," McAfee said. Murdock was born and raised in Baltimore. He moved to Riggs Avenue 46 years ago and quickly made a name for himself. He was described by longtime friends and family as a gregarious and helpful man who volunteered in the community and played the role of grandfather for many neighborhood children. Assigned to the Southern District, Murdock retired after nearly three decades in the Police Department, then worked as a security officer for the National Security Agency for more than 18 years and, later, as a master plumber. He helped neighbors with plumbing problems, drove senior citizens on daily errands, and also had volunteered at the Central Rosemont Recreation Center to create the "Sugar and Spice Beauty Pageant" for local children in recent years. "They weren't just your neighbors," said McAfee's mother, Vada McAfee, 42. "They became our family members. Pop was always helping people. It's really, really just a great loss."

Murdock's death left many concerned for their safety in the normally quiet neighborhood, which has many elderly residents.

"This entire block is mostly people who moved here when my father did," said Dorolie Murdock Sewell, 52, the retired officer's daughter. "They're left unprotected. My father would be very worried about that. He tried to look after everybody." The Fraternal Order of Police and Metro Crime Stoppers offered a combined $4,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailants. "This is a man who put in 27 years in the Police Department and survived the streets," said homicide Detective Homer Pennington, who is leading the investigation. "And then he becomes a victim of a robbery. It's a shame."

In two other shootings Friday

Two men were wounded, one fatally, in the 100 block of N. Poppleton St. about 5: 30 p.m. by a man who walked up to them and opened fire. One victim, Franswan Opi, 27, was released after hospital treatment. Police said they did not know the name of the other man, who was pronounced dead at Shock Trauma. Police found Curtis Lamont Haynes, 38, of the 4200 block of Massachusetts Ave. lying wounded about 10: 15 p.m. in the 200 block of McCurley St. in Southwest Baltimore. He had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at Shock Trauma.

Pub Date: 11/29/98

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Now In know we are all innocent until proven guilty, but when the paper says the following, is there much doubt?

Feds say sting operation catches Baltimore police officer stealing

A Baltimore police officer is accused of stealing $3,000 after investigators set up a sting in a hotel room, federal prosecutors said in a complaint that was unsealed Thursday. Officer Maurice Lamar Jeffers of Savage, a 12-year veteran who was assigned to a fugitive task force, was charged with theft of government property and "converting property of another," prosecutors said. A Baltimore police internal affairs detective who is part of an FBI corruption task force began investigating Jeffers in October after a woman said $2,200 had gone missing when members of the fugitive task force searched her boyfriend's home. Police said no cash was submitted as evidence after that search. The complaint against Jeffers includes a list of previous allegations from his internal affairs file — records that state law ordinarily allows police to shield from the public. They show Jeffers had been accused of theft three previous times. The first allegation came in 2005, the records show. The outcome of that case is listed as "unknown." In 2006 and 2011, Jeffers was accused of theft while making an arrest. Both cases are listed as "administratively closed."The most recent allegation, made by the woman in October, is listed as pending. Investigators say Jeffers was also accused in April 2010 of soliciting a prostitute while off-duty. "Although the BPD was notified, the incident was not investigated," according to the court document. "BPD records reported the incident as 'administrative tracking only.'" Attempts to reach Jeffers for comment were unsuccessful. Additionally, the state court records database shows that Jeffers was criminally charged twice. In 2006 he was charged in Prince George's County with theft, but found not guilty. And in 1998, before he was a police officer, he was charged in Baltimore with first-degree assault and a handgun violation. Those charges were dropped by prosecutors. In February, an internal affairs investigator approached a member of the task force about Jeffers. The member had not seen Jeffers commit any crimes, prosecutors said, but described his conduct as "suspicious." The member said Jeffers always bought things using cash, and cashed paychecks rather than deposit them into a bank account. Police officers and FBI agents staged a sting operation at the Executive Inn on Pulaski Highway on March 10, prosecutors said. Jeffers and members of his task force were told that a fictitious Prince George's County drug target was staying at the hotel, and they were told to secure the room so Prince George's County police could execute a search warrant. Agents equipped the hotel room with audio and video surveillance, and placed $3,500 in cash around the room. Jeffers told his partner that day to inform their sergeant that no one was in the room, prosecutors said. While the partner was away, prosecutors said, Jeffers was filmed placing money into his pockets. David Lutz, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said the Police Department selected Jeffers for the fugitive task force and continued to supervise him. "The task force wasn't aware of any allegations about him until approached by his Baltimore City supervision," Lutz said. "We participated fully in the investigation." Jeffers faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for each of the two theft counts, prosecutors said. He made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court last week and was released pending trial

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Man Gets Life term in Killing of Retired Officer

Accomplice who Testified against Williams gets Sentence of 20 years

March 18, 2000|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A man convicted of killing a retired Baltimore police officer in November 1998 during what police described as a robbery spree to get money to buy baby diapers was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole. Christopher M. Williams, 28, was sentenced in the slaying of Oliver T. Murdock, 73, who was gunned down outside his West Baltimore home. Williams also received a 20-year sentence on a handgun conviction.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Saturday's editions gave an incorrect first name for the widow of Oliver T. Murdock, a former Baltimore police officer who was killed in November 1998. Her name is Katie Murdock. The Sun regrets the errors. Kevin Blackman, 22, who admitted to being part of the robbery attempt and testified against Williams, received a 20-year sentence on a second-degree murder conviction. Murdock, of the 2500 block of Riggs Ave., was a police officer in the Southern District for nearly 30 years, then was a security officer for the National Security Agency for more than 18 years. Circuit Judge William D. Quarles handed down the sentences after Murdock's wife and children made an emotional plea to sentence Williams to life without parole, instead of life with parole, which his lawyer had argued for. "We lost much more than our husband and father," said Murdock's widow, Tamez Murdock. "We lost the nucleus from which our family pivoted." But the Murdocks asked the court to be lenient with Blackman, who has apologized to them for his role. Blackman's mother and former teacher also testified before sentencing, describing him as a devoted father, student and artist. They asked Quarles to reduce Blackman's plea-bargained sentence from 20 years to 10 years, but the judge refused. "It should not be the exception that a high school student passes his courses," Quarles said while handing down the sentence. "To his mother, it is not exceptional he took care of his child that he had out of wedlock." Michael Carroll, 44, the driver during the robbery spree, will be sentenced April 14.

Pub Date: 3/18/00

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I want to start this off by saying, what one officer does in one case, is not representative of what all officers do. Just as we wouldn't reward all officers for the heroic actions of a single solitary officer we should not punish, or judge all police for the wrong, or alleged wrong doings of a solitary officer. Truth be told, police officers love K9's we rely on them to help solve crime, find guns, lost people, drugs, explosives etc. Not only working dogs, but many officers have dogs as part of their families. I myself have a 17 Month old King Shepard that stands more than 30" from floor to shoulder. We all know how quickly a dog becomes part of a family, and like any family member we wouldn't want anyone bringing harm to them. So to assume all police are guilty over the alleged actions of one officer is not only wrong, but it is dangerous. We as a society need to be careful who we bring into our groups, and stop following trends to buy into whatever damaging crap is being sold through social media. Using common sense to learn facts. Recently one of the protest organizers from Ferguson took a "Shoot, Don't Shoot" course, and realized how fast these things happen, how quickly things can go wrong, and that police are the ones with their hands tied, the ones with all the rules. We need to learn the truth, and not rely on rumor... and the untrained to tell us the trained should react to those that resist. Ask yourself, about the credibility of the source before you take up a protest that in the end will have you being the one lead like sheep into slaughter.

Now in this case - Maryland's top medical examiner is prepared to testify on behalf of a Baltimore police officer facing criminal charges for slitting a dog's throat, after reviewing evidence and determining the dog was already dead when the cutting occurred. In this case, most of us do not have any of the "Facts" yes,  "Facts" of the case, we have the story, a basic account of the events that took place, but do we have "Facts" and I would say, "No!", I should also say, aside from our K9 unit, a group of police that obviously love their K9 family; many officers have dogs as their family pets. Parts of their families that they have come to love, and care for. I turn 50 last April, and until June of 2014 I had not had a pet dog, in June my wife and I rescued an 11 month German Shepard, that we later learned was a King Shepard. His name is, "Turk" named after the first K9 dog in Baltimore. And our Dog is part of our family, we all love him, and he appears to care for us too. And if you go to Baltimore Police Twitter account you'll see many officers enjoying their dogs, with their family. So let's not think for a second this is something normal for police. Now let’s also not fall into the trap of judging without facts... this is why we have courts, to preset all facts, not rumor or hearsay. Let's take a look at it this way, assuming the second officer thought the dog was in pain, he working off information from the first officer, may have felt he was doing good by putting the officer out of misery. There were rumors the dog had bitten several people, coupled with more info that the dog was either ill or injured.

Officer Jeffrey Bolger's case is scheduled for trial Thursday after he pleaded not guilty to two counts of animal mutilation, one of animal cruelty and one of misconduct in office. He is accused of killing the dog, a Shar-Pei named Nala, in June even though the animal had been brought under control with a dog pole.

Lawyers for officer accused of killing dog ask Bernstein to reconsider case 

Attorneys for Bolger have filed a motion to dismiss the case, citing the determination from David R. Fowler, Maryland's chief medical examiner. The attorneys also contend that evidence has been lost and that prosecutors did not follow procedure when filing the charges. Bolger's attorneys argued in September that officers on the scene did not have proper equipment to sedate the dogor place it into an animal carrier, and are authorized to euthanize a dog. 

"He used his knife in a fashion intended to cause the dog the least amount of pain and place the public in the least amount of danger," they said. But in their latest motion, the lawyers say they have two non-police witnesses who say the dog was "lifeless for approximately five minutes while on the dog pole" and that two police witnesses will testify that the dog "appeared to have strangulated itself prior to the dog pole being removed."

This is Sarah Gossard,
owner of 7-year-old Shar-Pei Nala.
(Baltimore Sun)

"Agent Bolger could not be certain whether the dog had died or was dying and unconscious after it was removed from the dog pole," attorneys Steven H. Levin and Charles N. Curlett Jr. wrote. "Consequently, in the event that it was still alive, Agent Bolger wanted to end its suffering." The attorneys say Fowler will testify for the defense that the lack of blood where the cutting occurred shows that the dog's heart had already stopped beating.

"In other words, Agent Bolger did not kill the stray dog," the attorneys wrote.

Fowler's conclusion contrasts with the findings of a necropsy performed by a doctor working for the city's animal control. She determined that a cut to an artery caused the dog's death. Bolger's attorneys say her conclusion is "impossible to draw" because the dog's head was removed before the evaluation. Fowler confirmed that he had consulted with the defense. The medical examiner's office performs autopsies and other forensic investigations, and Fowler said it has occasionally done work involving animals. Bolger's attorneys also say the dog pole used in the case was not preserved by police, and the dog's collar and tag are missing. Nala got loose from her home in Canton after slipping through a gate her owner, Sarah Gossard, did not realize had been left open. The dog wandered into Brewers Hill, where police said a woman tried to stop the dog and find its home. Police say the dog bit the woman, though she described it as a minor "nip." A witness reported hearing Bolger say, "I'm going to [expletivehttps://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1&to=lbroadwater%40baltsun.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.2s ease-out 0s;">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mistrial declared as Shanahan jury splits
Mar 22, 1984
Karen E Warmkessel
The Sun (1837-1989); Mar 22, 1984; pg. A1
Mistrial declared as jury splits
A mistrial was declared yesterday in the case of a 29-year-old city police
Officer charged with the death of a motorcyclist last summer, after the
Jury announced it could not reach a unanimous verdict.
The Baltimore Circuit Court jury was split 8 to 4 in favor of acquitting
Officer Shanahan of the manslaughter charge was split 6-6 on whether he was. guilty of using a handgun in a crime of violence, the jury forewoman said last night. "I felt there was more that a reasonable doubt. The State did not prove [its case) beyond a reasonable .doubt," said Ray Grollman, the forewoman, who voted for acquittal "We tried." She said the jurors were "hung up from the beginning. A few jurors felt that be was guilty from the beginning.

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This is another case of showing how the system works... who do you think turned him in, investigated and arrested him, other police. This is not the norm for police. Police pride themselves on doing a job and doing it well, we work to protect each other and to protect the public, and when we see something like this we are as sickened as the public. A brother officer will quickly turn in a fellow officer if they suspect him or her as being dishonest. Think of it this way, the public replies on police to be honest, other police rely on each other for our safety. So when an Officer suspects another officer of dishonesty, or other violations, they turn them in, it could mean the difference of going home alive, or being killed to have a crook as a side partner, if I am relying on someone to back me up and they are not there, I could be killed, so if I suspect a side partner of criminal activity, or dishonesty, I turn them in, in a heartbeat, as would any good police.

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Police were ordered off pursuit before fatal crash, union says! Lawyer for officers says they obeyed orders

By Justin George and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

9:05 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

Baltimore police are conducting a criminal investigation into  whether officers followed orders to end their pursuit of a sedan before  it was involved in a fatal crash this week, a police union attorney said Friday. Michael Davey, the lawyer representing the officers who  were in a unmarked car that was attempting to stop the sedan, said they  acted appropriately and obeyed orders as soon as they received them.  Three people died in the fiery accident early Tuesday at Northern  Parkway and York Road, and another was critically injured. "When  they were notified to break it off, they did," he said. "We've also  heard information coming from the department that the officers were told to break it off. We're sure that will be investigated, and ... we  believe the officers were acting within policy, based on the information they had in hand." Police confirmed that a criminal investigation into the conduct of two officers is underway. Lt. Eric Kowalczyk, a  police spokesman, declined to discuss whether any orders were given to  the officers. He said police do not want to "taint" the inquiry, in  which city prosecutors are also involved. The Baltimore Police  Department's policy prohibits officers from chasing suspects in vehicles except under "exigent circumstances," such as when officers believe  that failing to pursue could lead to injury or death. Before police can  engage in a high-speed pursuit, agency policy says, officials must  consider whether the hazards to pedestrians and other drivers are  outweighed by the importance of catching the suspect. Officers are supposed to communicate with supervisors before they begin a pursuit,  remain in contact and use their lights and siren. Police are looking  into whether the officers followed those protocols, Davey said. Angel Chiwengo, 46 of Resisterstown was one of three people killed in the  crash when the sedan slammed into a Jeep she was riding in. Relatives  say she was on her way to see her pregnant daughter, who gave birth  later that day. Her brother-in-law, Nathan Franklin, declined to comment on the new details, saying he would reserve opinions until he had more  information. City Councilman Brandon Scott, who represents the  Northeastern police district where officers first encountered the  vehicle, said police must "make sure that everybody is following their  orders." "Just the fact that we had people die in this incident,  for me, makes it a high priority," Scott said. "Every rock needs to be  turned over to make sure that every process was followed to ensure the  safety of not just the victims who unfortunately passed away, but of  everyone else on the road that night." Just past midnight on  Tuesday, plainclothes officers from the Northeastern District were in a  rental car when they observed what police described as "suspicious  activity that was criminal in nature" near Harford Road and East 25th  Street. Police said they tried to stop a Honda carrying two men.  The car fled, and the officers "followed," police said. The agency has  declined to say whether the officers were in what police would describe  as either a pursuit or chase. The Honda collided with the white  Jeep about four miles north, at York Road and Northern Parkway. The  crash also killed both passengers in the Honda: Devell Johns, 26, and  Terrell Young, 28. The Jeep's driver, 54-year-old Andrew Baker Jr., was  critically injured. The fiery crash closed the busy intersection  for 10 hours while police launched an intensive probe that included  repeated landings by a police helicopter carrying crash investigators. Police say the officers involved were Adam Storie, a two-year veteran, and Warren Banks II, a five-year veteran. Christopher Henard, a three-year veteran, was also involved, but Kowalczyk said "he is not part of the review that we asked the state's attorney to  conduct." Kowalczyk did not return an email asking what role Henard  played in the pursuit or why prosecutors weren't asked to criminally  investigate him. Davey said supervisors did ask the officers to halt their pursuit — and that the officers complied. "That is what we've been told," he said, "and that is what our officers did." Davey said he is aware police are investigating the crash to see whether  officers committed any crimes, whether they should face administrative  sanctions and whether the department or officers could face any  lawsuits. He has advised his clients not to speak to investigators until he knows more about the police probe. He said one of the officers has been asked to speak to internal investigators but declined, and the two others have not been asked. Davey called all three good officers and said the Fraternal Order of Police stood firmly behind them. "It's a horrendous incident," Davey said. "None of them ever wanted to be in a position like this. Whether it's them or some other police officer,  they have to make decisions in a split second that other citizens don't  have to make." Kowalczyk said tapes of radio chatter prior to the  crash, which are usually public record and could shed light on what took place before the crash, are being withheld pending the investigation  based on a request from the Baltimore City state's attorney's office. "We're going to be as careful and as meticulous and as diligent in this  investigation as we have to be to make sure we protect the integrity of  it," he said. The early-morning crash brought a huge response to  the scene. Among others, Maryland State Police confirmed that Baltimore  police requested about 2:45 a.m. that the state police's crash team  respond to the accident. Two state police crash team members arrived at  the scene about 4 a.m. "When they arrived, they were told by BPD  their assistance was not needed, so they left," said Greg Shipley, a  state police spokesman, in an email. "MSP was given no information about the incident." Davey said a prosecutor from the state's attorney's office was also at the crash site as part of the investigation. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

While we have a pursuit policy - let's face it, police have to follow/chase to a degree, or what kind of city will we live in, I mean it is bad enough as it is, but if police can't follow on foot, or in a car. All criminals will ever have to do is, refuse to stop, and then what? The good people in society lose. This isn't a police officer’s fault, this is and always will be the criminals fault, and if we blame the police for what the criminals are doing... while excusing the criminals because of a rough childhood. We might as well give up... Let the criminals do what they want. We won't try to have our kids grow up to be law abiding, just let them do what they want to fend for themselves... of course that sounds ridiculous. So instead let's start pointing fingers where they need. Let's direct people back to the root of the crime, and let's let our police do their job, and capture criminals... From the start of time in Baltimore, the goal of its police department has been to reduce crime by, 1) Prevention, 2) Detection and 3) Apprehension. What we really need now are citizens to start putting the blame where it belongs... On the criminals... or to come up with a better plan. Is the public not upset with high crime rates, to want to let their police do their job, follow the rules and do their jobs? Would the average citizen go after any of these criminals on their own… We need public support, or crime will only get worse – These types of accidents are in no way, shape, or form, the fault of the police, and to take the crime off the backs of the criminal and toss it onto the backs of our police is risky, it is a slippery slope that will have more and more of the faults of criminals placed on others.

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Sanity Rules in Case of Cop who Married Gang Leader
Court of Special Appeals upholds Baltimore Officer's dismissal
Of the many words from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in the matter of Meredith Cross v. Baltimore City Police Department, I like these best: "Costs to be paid by appellant." That's double-good news for city taxpayers: We're on the hook for neither the back salary of a police officer who married a convicted murderer nor for the costs of bringing an audacious appeal of her firing to court. What we have here is formal affirmation that a woman has a right to marry anyone she wishes, including a gangster, but not a right to be a Baltimore City Cop (if she choices to marry a gang member/leader). That was pretty much the court's conclusion Tuesday in the Cross case, echoing Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. from late-19th-century Massachusetts. In 1892, a New Bedford cop who had been canned for political activity sued the city for reinstatement, arguing that his rights of free expression had been infringed. But the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, of which Holmes was a member, found that the cop had violated an explicit prohibition against officers soliciting political donations. In the majority opinion, Holmes wrote that "there is nothing in the constitution to prevent the city from attaching obedience to this rule as a condition to the office of policeman," and famously: "The petitioner may have a constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be a policeman." The cop lost the case; he did not return to his beat. (Maybe he went into whale blubber rendering, I dunno.) Holmes went on to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the rest is legal history. Which is why I scratch my head about the case of Cross, a Baltimore police officer who believed her rights were violated when superiors discovered that she had married a bad guy and kicked her off the force. Call me old-fashioned, but if a cop in 1892 couldn't get his job back because he solicited campaign contributions, a cop in 2013 certainly shouldn't expect to return to duty after marrying the reputed "supreme commander" of Dead Man Inc. We only know the details of this case because of the recent ruling by the Court of Special Appeals. And the Court of Special Appeals only knows about it because Cross appealed there after losing her suit against the city in Baltimore Circuit Court. People sue all the time over all kinds of dubious injustices. But sometimes I'm awed by the audacity. Cross, who was a police officer from 2004 to 2010, argued that her superiors had no business dismissing her because of the guy she married. Here's some of the back story, according to last week's court ruling: In 2002, when Cross was a financial adviser for American Express  in New York, a friend convinced her to start writing letters to one Carlito Cabana, a member of the Dead Man Inc. prison gang (formerly of a gang called Natural Born Killers). He was incarcerated in Maryland for second-degree murder. His gang was once a subsidiary of the infamous Black Guerrilla Family. (Irresistible side note: BGF, of course, is the gang to which Tavon "Bulldog" White belongs, according to federal prosecutors. Tavon is that busy fellow who allegedly impregnated four Maryland corrections officers — one of them twice — at the Baltimore City Detention Center. White has since pleaded guilty to racketeering and attempted murder, and has been shipped to an institution that will undoubtedly end his libertine ways.) A "serious relationship" blossomed between Cross and Cabana, and she moved to Baltimore to be closer to him. In 2004, she applied to be a city cop. When she was asked if she knew anyone in prison, she described Cabana as a "friend." But it wasn't long before Cross and Cabana were married in a "spiritual ceremony" in Patuxent Institution in Jessup. She visited him numerous times, identifying herself as his wife, telephoned him frequently and sent him money orders. In 2009, she and Cabana were officially married. That same spring, officials at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland alerted Baltimore police that Cross had been making frequent visits to see a confirmed gang leader there. That's what triggered the investigation that led to Cross' dismissal. She was found to have violated department rules by associating with a known gang member — a person of "questionable character" — and by not disclosing the full nature of their relationship. Cross had the audacity to appeal, arguing that her constitutional rights to free and intimate association had been violated. Oh, puh-leez, officer! Thankfully, sanity reigned. Two courts have now ruled against her, saying that the Police Department needs to maintain trust in the community and safety and discipline within its ranks. Neither the department's rules nor Cross' dismissal offend the Constitution. Her superiors did not prohibit Cross from marrying Cabana nor require that she divorce him. So she has every right to be the wife of a gangster; she just can't be a police officer at the same time. Please see the clerk to pay court costs on your way out. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Dan Rodricks  ' column appears each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. He is the host of "Midday" on WYPR-FM.

This shouldn't even need commentary, we all know it is not typical for police to marry gang leaders, drug dealers etc. in fact it is policy that police officers don't associate or fraternizewith people that are part of a criminal element – so this is not common.

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Good Police sometimes had to be charged just so the public could hear all the facts of a case and judge for themselves, rather then listen to and depend on rumors made up by people wanting to push and agenda that was either pro or anit-police. Click HERE on on the above article to read full size article 

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Criticism

During the past generation, the Baltimore Police Department has faced criticism from local media, elected officials, and citizen advocacy groups. The criticism has pertained to the high crime rate in the city of Baltimore, which in some years has been ranked among the highest in the nation. Accusations include numerous arrests of innocent minority citizens for seemingly minor offenses, and the failure to sufficiently assist minority victims of crime.

Arrests for Minor Offenses

In the mid-2000s, Maryland State Delegate, the Honorable Jill P. Carter daughter of the late civil rights champion, Walter P. Carter, exposed numerous cases of the Baltimore City Police arresting people for seemingly minor offenses, detaining them at Central Booking for several hours. Many were released without charges. Some were reportedly detained at Central Booking for several days before seeing a court commissioner. All arrestees in Maryland are required to have an initial appearance before a court commissioner within 24 hours of their arrest. It should also be noted that correctional officers at Central Booking were rumored to be on a work slowdown during this time. Corrections personnel are prohibited from striking. The exposure of these cases led to judicial and legislative action. In 2005, the Maryland Court of Appeals ordered all arrestees not charged within 24 hours to be released. On May 16, 2006, a Baltimore city police officer, Natalie Preston, arrested a Virginian couple for asking for directions to a major highway. The couple, released after seven hours in city jail, were not charged with any crime. They were initially taken into custody for trespassing on a public street. Their vehicle was impounded at the city lot, with windows down and doors unlocked, resulting in theft of several personal items. In 2007, the state of Maryland passed a law requiring the automatic expungement the record of one who is arrested, but then released without being charged, thereby eliminating the dilemma many such victims faced that would prevent them from passing a criminal background check if the record remained, but would not allow for a wrongful arrest lawsuit if the record were expunged. On June 23, 2010, a $870,000 comprehensive settlement was reached which culminated more than a year of negotiations between the City and Plaintiffs. The settlement provides for far-reaching reforms of the BPD's arrest and monitoring practices. The suit, which was filed in 2006, and amended in 2007, was brought on behalf of thirteen individual plaintiffs and the Maryland State Conference and Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP.

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Hats Off

To One of Our County Brothers in Blue (Ofc. Charles Stanley)

A Baltimore County Officer went into a antique store in Havre De Grace Md. where they had two scrap books full of pictures from this site and some that are not on the site. He knew they belonged to our site and our history. He didn’t know how they got away from us, or why they were being sold, but figured he would buy them first and find out later as he worked to get them back to us (their rightful owner). The store owner wanted $45 dollars per book, and wasn’t moving on his price. The County Officer dug down into his wallet, and took out the cash to buy these books and get them back to us. We are thankful for his taking the time and money to do this. If you are a County Officer and or happen to know Officer Charles Stanley, thank him again for us. He is one brother officer that will forever be in our debt, having earned his Honorary City Police Badge. Seriously he a good guy, it goes to show, while we as agencies will tease each other and have our fun, we are all brothers in blue, and when it becomes serious we do what needs to be done no questions asked. - Thanks again Officer Charles Stanley for having our backs.

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Great story from a Good Cop:

Mk9, receives a lot of emails and messages about Pit Bull and Pit Bull type dogs. News reports and stories from all over. From both sides of the spectrum as well. The good, and the bad. When they find the ones we believe will do good to help further the education of the general public, they "Share" them with hopes that people will be influenced, and motivated to see Pit Bulls and their owners for what they are, and not what the Media would make them out to be. They received a rather interesting story from one of our Officer in the Baltimore Police Department. It was a story about a Vicious Dog call, and the Officer who answered that call. The interesting part is, the officer that sent the story IS that Officer who answered the call. So here is the account, from the source;

Hey, 

I'm a Police Officer in Baltimore City. I am originally from Wilkes-Barre, and I am a fan of your organization and Pit Bulls. Today I received a call while on duty about a vicious dog chasing kids. When I came on the scene, I noticed people yelling out their windows at the dog. I followed the dog into an ally to see how it was acting. Going on my own approach, being a dog lover, I got out of my car and called the "vicious dog" over to me. The dog came over with it's tail between it's legs and panting. I grabbed my water bottle and the dog sat down next to me and began licking my pants. I started giving the dog water. I brought the dog over and waited for the pound to show up. My partner was not a fan of dogs and was startled by my approach. I suggested to him that this dog cannot be put down, and should be taken to a shelter. We took it upon ourselves to take the dog to the shelter, and transported it in the back seat in the back of our patrol car. Then I decided that I wanted to keep the dog, and spoke to the shelter about the steps to take to adopt it. The dog was originally kept outside and was filthy, and now it just might have a new home. I know you like positive pictures so I have attached a few. Have a great day and keep up the good work!


Officer Dan Waskiewicz
Baltimore City Police

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When this story was heard they couldn't not help but SMILE, and maybe do a tail shake or two! :) Then they got to thinking more about it. How awesome is this story! Not only does it have a happy ending to it, but there are also some major applause points: Instead of assuming the dog to be vicious and shoot it dead, (as we see so many times before) he analyzes the situation, and sees a nervous dog that needs help. Instead of letting animal control pick up the dog, and let it disappear, or be put down, he personally takes it to a shelter, IN HIS POLICE CRUISER!!! Finally, he offers the pup a new home forever!  So the fine folks at "Mk9" sayThank You! Officer Dan, thank you for taking the time to be patient and give a dog a chance. for stepping outside the stereo type box and seeing this for what it is. A loose dog who was nervous, and needed someone to help him. Not someone to yell at him and assume him to be dangerous. 

Here is "Bo" with his new family. A perfect picture of a perfect ending or an amazing new beginning for a dog in Baltimore City

We at www.BaltimoreCityPoliceHistory.com also thank you for helping us show you as part of the 99.9% of good police that do the right thing.

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Baltimore police officer charged with pimping wife

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

5:29 PM EDT, May 10, 2013 

A 31-year-old Baltimore Police officer was charged  Friday with pimping out his wife after officers from a human trafficking task force found him outside a hotel room where the woman had agreed to have sex for cash with an undercover officer. The child recovery task force was working a proactive investigation  into human trafficking when they came across a "young-looking female"  advertised as an escort on a website, police said. Officers arranged to  meet the female at a hotel near BWI airport, court records show. Inside the hotel room, a woman identified by police as Marissa  Braun-Manneh told an undercover officer that she would have sex for  $100, and she was placed under arrest, charging documents show. She said that her husband, Lamin Manneh, was waiting outside in a  car, and that she gives him her money and he drives her from  "date-to-date," according to court records. She also said that he posts  the online ads using his credit card. Police said Manneh acknowledged  his role in an interview with detectives, records show. Elena Russo, a state police spokeswoman, said both husband and wife  were charged because they appeared to be "working as a team."

Manneh, of the 2400 block of Marbourne Ave. in Baltimore, is an  officer assigned to the Baltimore Police Department's Eastern District.  State police said he was suspended without pay and that the city police  internal affairs would investigate. "This allegation is a disgrace and embarrassment to every member --  both current and retired -- who serve with the Baltimore Police  Department," Baltimore's Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said in a statement. "We expect every member of this department to hold  themselves to the highest professional standards. Our colleagues and our community deserve nothing less."

Manneh was charged in Anne Arundel County District Court with one  count each of human trafficking and prostitution, and was released on  his own recognizance by a District Court commissioner, records show.  Braun was charged with one count of prostitution and also released on  her own recognizance. Attempts to reach the couple were unsuccessful. Copyright © 2013, The Baltimore Sun

This officer doesn't respect his wife, how can we possibly expect him to have respect for his police family, the community he serves or himself. All I hope is we'll realize, it was police that took him down, and just as with other cases of "Bad Cops" it doesn't matter which agency took him down. He wasn't on the side of our department, or the quality of life we strive to bring to others.
 
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