Seven Baltimore City Police Officers Indicted on Racketeering Charges

Posted March 03, 2017

Seven Baltimore police officers have been charged with robbery, extortion, falsely detaining people and faking reports to cover it up.

Reportedly, in true corrupt cop fashion, the officers stopped random people-whether they looked suspicious or not-and would take any amount of money the victims had on them. One of the officers also faces a charge of possessing and planning to distribute heroin.

Rosenstein, the USA attorney from Maryland, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration were announcing the details later Wednesday.

Additional details are expected during a news conference with Rod J. Rosenstein, the USA attorney from Maryland, along with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration.

The officers charged with racketeering are detectives Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl, Wayne Jenkins, Jemell Rayam, Marcus Taylor and Maurice Ward.

The officers are accused of stopping people - some of whom were not even suspected of any crimes - and seizing their money and pocketing it.

The case began with a drug investigation in 2015 in which the DEA provided evidence of corruption by a Baltimore City police officer.

Davis said other officers weren't surprised when they learned who was indicted, because several of them have been the subject of numerous misconduct complaints and civil lawsuits alleging abuse.

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The explosive indictment reads more like a Hollywood movie script than a routine charging document, as the feds followed what they described as a squad of renegade officers committing brazen robberies and staging cover-ups to avoid detection by their supervisors.

The officers could face up to 20 years in prison.

In January, the Justice Department and Baltimore agreed to sweeping reforms to the department.

Fraternal Order of Police president Gene S Ryan said in a statement, "We are very disturbed over the charges filed against our members by the U.S. Attorney today". Jenkins filed for five days when he was on vacation with his family, and other officers discussed going to a casino or a bar on days when they filed for overtime pay.

The alleged actions of the two officers indicates "an egregious breach of public trust" as well as a "flagrant disregard of consequences of their actions", Judge Gallagher said. He expects her office to review its cases involving the officers, as well.

In addition, the defendants allegedly prepared and submitted false official incident and arrest reports, reports of property seized from arrestees, and charging documents that concealed the fact that they had stolen money, property and narcotics.

And this isn't the first time some of the officers were on the wrong side of the law.

"It is promising to see the beginning of accountability being applied to the Baltimore Police Department", he said.