By Tim Brown
Gun grabbers and statists will not like to hear about this story, but it must be told. In a corruption trial that ended with two former Baltimore Police detectives being found guilty, a Maryland State Delegate has called for a disbanding of the Baltimore Police Department and starting over from square one.
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Former Baltimore Police Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were found guilty of racketeering.
These were the last two officers to be convicted in a case brought by federal prosecutors against 16 officers.
The Daily Caller reports:
Six members of the city’s elite Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) pleaded guilty to stealing from civilians and selling confiscated guns and drugs back onto the streets. They in turn testified against the remaining two members who claimed innocence. A five-man drug crew, a bail bondsman, and two other civilians have also been convicted, The Baltimore Sun reported. The corrupt officers have yet to be sentenced, but their actions have tainted as many as 850 cases and could result in overturned convictions.
“We recognize that this indictment and subsequent trial uncovered some of the most egregious and despicable acts ever perpetrated in law enforcement,” Acting-Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said Monday. “Let me make it clear: I have ZERO TOLERANCE for corruption.”
Former-Detective Maurice Ward, a GTTF member, testified in January that the group would routinely carry BB guns in their vehicles just in case they needed to plant one on a crime scene. Ward testified to other shocking acts of corruption by the GTTF as well.
I hope people are paying attention to these things. While I recognize that all police officers don’t do a lot of these things, I can tell you from past experience that I had a very good friend on a police force that never engaged in this kind of behavior, but he knew officers that did and said nothing. He was eventually charged because of his knowledge of their crimes without reporting it. I wonder how many officers know about this corruption and remain silent just to keep their job and be at “peace” with the criminals wearing a badge.
However, there’s more.
They’d regularly drive fast at a larger group of people, slam brakes and pop their doors to see who ran, then detain and search them. They had no reason other than trying to provoke someone. 10-20 times on slow nights, as many as 50 times others, he said
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 23, 2018
When they stopped someone suspected of being in the drug game, Jenkins would ask, “If you could put your own crew together and rob the biggest drug dealer you know of, who would it be?” And then they’d go after the person they named, to rob them
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) January 23, 2018
Following all of this, Acting Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said Monday, “We recognize that this indictment and subsequent trial uncovered some of the most egregious and despicable acts ever perpetrated in law enforcement. Let me make it clear: I have zero tolerance for corruption.”
Really? Then why didn’t you bring the charges, Sir? How much more is going on inside the department that hasn’t been uncovered yet?
Maryland State Delegate Bilal Ali proposed to Mayor Catherine Pugh and Commissioner De Sousa to disband the department following the convictions.
“In 2013 Camden [New Jersey] disbanded its police department in response to record-breaking levels of violence and an extremely inefficient police budget,” he wrote. “Four years later, Camden hit its lowest homicide rate in 30-years.”
“I’m aware that considering such enormous action may give City residents reason to pause, but the level of corruption and mismanagement at BPD has created a crisis of public confidence that simply cannot foster the productive relationship between community and police that public safety depends on,” Ali’s letter stated.
“We now face a once-in-a-lifetime level of dysfunction that requires us to seriously consider once-in-a-lifetime solutions. Of course, the first step to any solution that the City embraces must be an honest and open dialogue with the public, so that Baltimore residents can inform the policies that will define public safety in the City for years to come. You can read my full letter to Mayor Pugh and Commissioner-Designate De Sousa in the attached documents. The time for platitudes and vague statements is over. The time for bold action and concrete ideas is now.”
Of course, they are not going to do such a thing because their political backsides and jobs are in play here, as well as the power they have been given.
“I’m not disbanding the police department,” Pugh said. “We’re trending downward. I think we’re headed in the right direction. We’ve appointed a new police commissioner, we have a 163-page report by the Department of Justice that requires us to reform the police department, and those are the things that we’ll continue to do.”
Reforming a corrupt police department only leads to more corruption.
The trend if not downwards either. You just had 16 cops convicted of corruption, and they have confessed to framing individuals for which the people of Baltimore, Maryland and probably other parts of the country (if they are federal crimes) are paying for, not to mention the injustice to the individuals who were framed.
In fact, Baltimore is still trying to find out why one of their officers, who was to testify in this case, was shot dead just one day before his testimony, and many people believe there is a coverup going on in that “investigation.”
Homicide detective Sean Suiter is believed to have been killed with his own service weapon, which was fired at close range, and that there was evidence of a struggle before the shooting. Interestingly enough, his partner was not with him at the time, but another man was, Detective David Bomenka, who is seen in photos taken in 2015 standing directly next to Commissioner Davis wearing a flashy white suit instead of a uniform. Baltimore Bloc found that Bomenka is Facebook friends with one of the officers who is involved in the indictment, and while this could just be because they work at the same department, it is important to consider.
And still, the BPD has not uncovered Suiter’s killer. I wonder why.
Republished with permission Freedom Outpost
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Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina.