The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Baltimore:
When the Cops are the Robbers

Feb 19, 2018

Six Baltimore police officers, from the Gun Trace Task Force, pled guilty and two more were found guilty of conspiracy and robbery in a corruption trial that just ended in Baltimore. They had stolen guns, drugs and thousands of dollars, which they then sold back to the criminals they were supposedly policing. Thousands of cases may have to be retried in Baltimore courts because the cases involved officers from this task force.

The cops broke into people’s cars or homes, taking oceans of cash and anything of value they could get their hands on. Some of their victims were engaged in criminal activities, but others were completely innocent and some of those were framed up for crimes they did not commit.

The problem goes beyond eight corrupt cops. They represent what poorer people see all the time in their neighborhoods. Poor people have reason to fear the so-called forces of “law and order,” in addition to the gangs around the drug trade. Corrupt cops are emblematic of a corrupt society.