#Baltimore Cops on Trial for #Conspiracy, Robbery in Massive Police #Corruption Scandal

Baltimore Cops on Trial for Conspiracy, Robbery in Massive Police Corruption Scandal | Democracy Now! – In Baltimore, Maryland, closing arguments are slated to begin today for two Baltimore police officers who face racketeering conspiracy and robbery charges, as part of what The New York Times is calling one of the most startling police corruption scandals in a generation. The officers were part of an elite plainclothes unit called the Gun Trace Task Force. Six other members of the task force have already pleaded guilty to an array of crimes. Prosecutors say the task force stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from city residents, broke into people’s houses, stole drugs and then gave them to drug dealers, and even carried around BB guns they could use to plant on people they shot. We’ll have more on the case later in the broadcast.

“They were Both Cops & Robbers”: Baltimore Police Scandal Exposes Theft, Cover-Ups & Drug Peddling | Democracy Now! – In Maryland, closing arguments are scheduled to begin today for two Baltimore police officers who are part of what has been described as one of the most startling police corruption scandals in a generation. The officers were part of an elite plainclothes unit called the Gun Trace Task Force—but, according to prosecutors, the unit acted more like a criminal outfit. In his opening argument during the trial, the lead federal prosecutor, Leo Wise, said, “They were, simply put, both cops and robbers.” According to prosecutors, the officers stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from city residents. They broke into houses. They stole drugs and then gave them to drug dealers. They carried BB guns that they could plant on people they shot. Six members of the task force have already pleaded guilty. We speak to Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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