Cops Behaving Badly – Baltimore Edition

Apparently not 1 guy having a bad day. But a bunch of cops fighting the War on Drugs. Notable testimony from the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force corruption trial, updated with Day 6 – Baltimore Sun

Cops are supposed to fight crime, not partake.

So how widespread was the problem, and how many officers knew what was going on and looked the other way? Here’s a sample.

[Detective Maurice] Ward [,one of the Gun Trace Task Force officers who has pleaded guilty to his role in a racketeering conspiracy] said the unit’s supervisor, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, instructed the officers to carry replica guns to plant if they found themselves in a jam. Police recovered a replica gun from the glove box of Taylor’s vehicle after he was arrested last year. The gun, shown to jurors, is nearly indistinguishable from Taylor’s service pistol.

It doesn’t say if they ever actually did plant such a gun on anyone.

Robbing of drug dealers is still robbing.

In one incident, police took a man’s house keys, ran his name through databases to find his address, went into the home without a warrant and found drugs and a safe. The officers cracked open the safe, which had about $200,000 inside. They took $100,000 out, closed the safe back up, then filmed themselves pretending to open it for the first time. “Nobody touch anything,” Jenkins can be heard saying on the video, which was played for jurors.

The War on Drugs has been going on a very long time. It isn’t working. It is destroying the things it is meant to defend. Hat Tip