Lately, police officers are getting a lot of flak; in most cases, it isn’t deserved. We sort of need them to make sure that we’re safe and that criminals get locked up.
However, not every police officer is a good, honest, and ethical person. There is a trial underway in Baltimore, Maryland, and it is revealing some of the disturbing things being done by the senior officers of that city.
During that trial, taking place in Baltimore, police officers admitted to stealing weapons, drugs, jewelry, and money. According to the Washington Post, they also charged the city for overtime that they never actually worked.
One task force, called The Gun Trace Task Force, allegedly stole more than three hundred thousand dollars. Also stolen were drugs: over 40 pounds of marijuana, and 800 grams of heroin. Also? Several watches—these were all stolen from both criminals and civilians.
A trial resulted in the public being made aware that police officers were carrying BB guns and gun replicas. They were being carried in case an officer ended up in a shootout. In such a case, those fake guns could be planted—this is according to officers who testified regarding the situation.
Knowing that, you have to consider the case of the 12-year-old boy Tamir Rice, who died in 2014. He had a toy gun with him at the time of his death.
Actually, in two years, over 80 people in America with toy guns on them have been killed.
Of the eight members of the aforementioned task force, six have pleaded guilty to various charges; two, however, have pleaded not guilty, and the other six have testified against them in court.
The police officers in question have even admitted to placing illegal trackers on the vehicles of those they suspected of dealing—so that homes could be robbed and any drugs and/or weapons found on their property could be sold.
The sergeant of the group—his name Wayne Jenkins—kept brass knuckles as well as a machete on his person, just in case he had to “protect” against a “monster” dealer who needed to be swindled.
A defense attorney in Baltimore named Ivan Bates stated that the police department was aware of what was going on and everyone knew who they were. He described the city as “in chaos”, saying that the police department doesn’t really work with the attorney for the state.
Everything that is going on was first noticed by an agent for the United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency; one of the officers in question was caught speaking with a drug dealer while utilizing a wiretap.
The attorney’s office of the state allegedly estimates that over 270 cases have been influenced or impacted as a result of the new indictments. Therefore, 125 cases have been entirely dropped.
The group of officers did admit to regularly “ignoring constitutional protections”, which should be considered kind of a big deal—especially if you’re a United States citizen. They also admitted to simply entering homes without a proper search warrant, which is also a big deal according to the law of the land in the United States of America.
That the members of the task force admitted to what they did sort of impacts the legality of every investigation in which they were involved.
Allegedly, if the group was unfortunate enough to make a mistake, they would simply lie—doing that would cover up their tracks, after all.
One officer actually admitted to writing a false report in 2010. It was related to planting heroin in a car after a high-speed chase. That chase tragically ended up killing an elderly person who just happened to be in the wrong place.
The good news is that those involved in the chase resulting in said death spent years in prison.
I’d like to point out that the vast majority of police officers are good, decent people who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. That said, police corruption is a thing, and it needs to be addressed.
In the United States, there is something called the “Blue Wall of Silence”, which is an alleged rule that police officers shouldn’t report one another for misconduct or crimes.
It has been alleged that whistleblowing—officers reporting other officers for inappropriate acts—is not common these days; however, that is likely not the case. Most police departments have official codes of conduct, and there are laws in place to protect civilians from corrupt police.
H/T – Source