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Monday, September 28, 2020

As President Donald Trump spins a narrative of citizen-led chaos in cities, a new book about the Baltimore cops who flagrantly robbed people offers a different one.

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...Members of a Baltimore police unit known as the Gun Trace Task Force, which had been tasked with getting firearms off the streets, were using their police powers to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in money and drugs, and then selling the drugs for cash. Their aggressive pursuit of people they believed to be easy targets " mostly alleged drug dealers " resulted in jail time and convictions for the victims of these thefts, but also extensive violence and even deaths, all built upon the fabrications and deceit of these officers. Along the way they were racking up extensive fraudulent overtime.

In one egregious incident during the wave of unrest after Gray's death, the group's leader, then-Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, stopped a looter in a pharmacy, but then took the stolen drugs for himself and passed them off to a drug dealer. In another much earlier incident, police planted heroin in a car after a high-speed chase turned fatal, covering up what started as a botched robbery.

In 2017, federal prosecutors rooted out the scheme, indicting eight of the officers and securing convictions against all of them.

But as Baltimore-based journalists Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg write in their new book, I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad, removing these particular officers didn't eliminate the problems that allowed their behavior to go unnoticed.

This rogue task force was operating within a culture that allowed and in some ways incentivized their behavior by valuing the recovery of guns and drugs without as much concern over tactics. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-09-28 04:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Baltimore PD has been fnkced for a long time.

Check out this former Baltimore PD officer being interviewed by Joe Rogan:

www.youtube.com

He was scary transparent.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-28 04:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This rogue task force was operating within a culture that allowed and in some ways incentivized their behavior by valuing the recovery of guns and drugs without as much concern over tactics. ...
#1 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

You see folks, it's far less about bad apples and far more about the culture being propagated by bad apples with influence and power.

Ex-sergeant alleges dozens of internal affairs complaints were buried by OC Sheriff's Department without investigation
www.ocregister.com

Los Angeles Deputy Says Colleagues are Part of Violent Gang
www.nbclosangeles.com

The Culture of Policing Is Broken: Brutality and dehumanization are deeply embedded in many departments.
www.theatlantic.com

#3 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-28 04:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#3 ... You see folks, it's far less about bad apples and far more about the culture being propagated by bad apples with influence and power. ...

One bad apple spoils the barrel.


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-09-28 04:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

One bad apple spoils the barrel.
#4 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

This is especially true when the bad apple is in a position of power and leadership.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-28 10:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What's a private citizen supposed to do, when confronted by a roided-out raging ------- with a badge and a gun, anyway?

If you're White, likely the monster will present as Officer Friendly, unless you present as a hillbilly meth-head; then you're beaten and stuffed into the back seat of the monster's squad car. If you're Black, you're beaten and stuffed into the back of the squad car, or shot to death and left for somebody else to harvest,

#6 | Posted by john47 at 2020-09-29 12:17 PM | Reply

What is the scariest part is that fellow officers not only did nothing BUT helped cover things up.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-09-29 12:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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