Baltimore Cops Arrested On Racketeering Charges

Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein on Friday

Some of the officers involved in the alleged conspiracy have a history of misconduct, according to the Baltimore Sun, including one whose conduct resulted in multiple settled lawsuits and another who was involved in three shootings over the course of two years. Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32; Det.

The officers were also charged with swearing in false affidavits to obtain search warrants in order to steal property.

Last August, in the wake of the tumult following Freddie Gray's death, the Justice Department issued a report that said the Baltimore police department often used excessive force and conducted unlawful traffic stops in some of the city's poorest and predominantly black communities.

Court documents claim that one officer said "one hour can be eight hours" when referring to actual time worked versus the amount of time reported on a time sheet.

"These are really robberies by people who are wearing police uniforms", said Maryland US Attorney Rod Rosenstein.

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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 of innocent residents and staging cover-ups to avoid detection by their supervisors.

Baltimore entered a consent decree with the Justice Department in January that included sweeping reforms.

The yearlong investigation involved the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Baltimore Police Department.

Rosenstein announced the indictments at a press conference with Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration.

"I turned the camera off", Gondo said.

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U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, who's about to become the #2 at the Department of Justice, broke down the allegations at a mid morning press conference. 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. I've said on more than one occasion: "good cops hate to work with bad cops".

It culminated Wednesday morning with all seven officers being arrested and escorted into Federal Bureau of Investigation custody by Baltimore Police Internal Affairs, but as this department pushes reform, it is an open question as to how this scheme went on for so long undetected. He said that the recordings demonstrate "a lack of respect for the system, particularly in discussions about overtime".

The indictment alleges that in addition to individuals, the officers stole from department, billing for overtime when they were not on the job.

"We are very disturbed over the charges filed against our members by the U.S. Attorney today".

"These officers are entitled to due process and a fair trial in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of our state", Ryan said in a statement.

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