Mar 6, 2017
On March 1, six Baltimore City police detectives and their supervisor were arrested and indicted on federal racketeering charges including stopping people on the street who had not committed crimes, shaking them down (basically robbing them) of thousands of dollars, intimidating witnesses, filing false court paperwork and making fraudulent overtime claims... things that city residents in poor areas have been complaining about for years.
These charges grew out of a DEA investigation of drug dealing in Baltimore that led to one of the cops. The cops were all members of a special unit tasked with... getting illegal guns off the streets.
Federal prosecutors have dropped five cases that were based on the testimony of one or more of these officers. The Baltimore City State’s Attorney said the state has dropped four cases, and will have to drop more.
Were these cops even worse than other bad cops? Is that why they have been indicted while other bad cops have not?
According to the Baltimore Sun, over $500,000 has been paid to settle lawsuits filed against these officers for use of excessive force and other infractions.
These seven cops were paid almost $400,000 for overtime claims in just the last year alone, much of which is now known to be fraudulent. This overtime money almost doubled their earnings. But for sure they are not the only Baltimore City cops making fraudulent overtime claims.
These cops were just extremely brazen and brash about their crimes... more than most other cops who do some of the same things. That is probably why they have been arrested and charged, while other cops have not been.