Baltimore Police Officers Arrested Over Corruption Charges

U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein speaks at a news conference in Baltimore, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, to announce that seven Baltimore police officers who worked on a firearms crime task force are facing charges of stealing money, property and narcotics from people over two years. Standing behind Rosenstein at left is Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

By Amy Lukau

In Baltimore yesterday seven police officers were arrested in a large corruption case that many have said to be disgraceful.

These seven officers are being charged in connection with a racketeering conspiracy and racketeering offenses, including robbing victims, filing false affidavits and making fraudulent overtime claims according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The officers, Det. Momodu Bondeva, 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 all extorted up to $200,000 from victims, along with stealing guns and drugs, prosecutors said.

Last month, the city of Baltimore and the Justice Department agreed on a consent decree, which calls for police reforms. It has yet to be approved by a federal judge.

“This is not about aggressive policing, it is about a criminal conspiracy. Prosecuting criminals who work in police agencies is essential both to protect victims and to support the many honorable officers whose reputations they unfairly tarnish” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

Each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiracy and for racketeering.

The majority of the incidents in question occurred while the Baltimore Police Department was facing a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation for the 2015 police-involved death of Freddie Gray that plunged the city into turmoil.

Marilyn J. Mosby, Baltimore State’s Attorney said the involvement of federal authorities “confirms the inherent difficulties with the BPD investigating itself,” and warned the indictment would have “pervasive implications on numerous active investigations and pending cases.”

 

 

3 thoughts on “Baltimore Police Officers Arrested Over Corruption Charges

  1. Roderick says:

    Im glad these cops got prosecuted .
    We got more justice to go but still have to be vigilant against the system.

    1. IfUrReadingThisURACoon says:

      They just used this Civil Rights probe to lock up black men. You need to see the photos. Black Police and Politicians had better learn that they CANNOT do what the White guys do. In Philadelphia every Black Power Broker has been taken down over the last few months. This city has been Black Run for a long time. Now they are ready to do what’s happening in other Majority Black Cities and they are cashing in those intel chips.

      1. IfUrReadingThisURACoon says:

        I realized the end was near when we Elected a Republican Mayor. I think Trump forgot he was Republican because he outright lied about the Crime here. He got called out on it and started back focusing on Chicago. Chicago has a Democrat Mayor. He hasn’t mentioned us again. Guess he realized he was hitting his own teammate.

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