Federal prosecutors announced charges in an indictment Wednesday against seven Baltimore police officers for racketeering crimes including stealing money from civilians, reports the Associated Press via Yahoo News.
From Yahoo News:
The officers charged with racketeering are detectives Momodu Gondo, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl, Wayne Jenkins, Jemell Rayam, Marcus Taylor and Maurice Ward. Gondo also is charged with participating in a drug conspiracy. All were arrested, suspended without pay, and jailed overnight pending detention hearings on Thursday…
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. “These officers are 1930s-style gangers,” said Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. “They betrayed the trust we’re trying to build with our community at a very sensitive time in our history.”
…DeRay Mckesson, a Black Lives Matter activist from Baltimore, said the charges are disturbing, but also encouraging. “It is promising to see the beginning of accountability being applied to the Baltimore Police Department,” Mckesson said. “The indictments confirm what activists and community members have been saying for decades.”
Investigators said the crimes happened last year while the Department of Justice investigated the Baltimore Police Department for use of excessive force and other violations after the highly publicized death of Freddie Gray, reports NBC News.
SOURCE: Yahoo News, NBC News
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Everything You Need To Know About Baltimore City’s State Attorney Marilyn Mosby
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1. Marilyn Mosby is the youngest chief prosecutor in any major U.S. city.
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2. The 35-year-old state attorney is a registered Democrat who’s dedicated to creating an atmosphere of transparency and accountability in Baltimore City.
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3. Her husband is councilman Nick Mosby. The two met while attending Tuskegee University in Alabama.
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4. Marilyn Mosby is a Boston native who attended Boston College Law School.
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5. Marilyn comes from a family of police officers. Her uncles, father, and grandfather were all police officers. Her grandfather was actually one of the first African-American officers in Massachusetts.
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6. Marilyn’s a mother of two little girls. She was elected in office back in November 2014, and became widely known as the crime crusader.
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7. Before becoming a state attorney, Marilyn was an attorney for Liberty Mutual Insurance.
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8. Marilyn’s only been on the job since January. Before becoming a state attorney, she was an assistant state attorney.
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9. It wasn’t until her cousin was murdered in 1994 that Marilyn decided she wanted to dedicate her life to the criminal justice system.
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10. When she was only six-years-old, Mosby was accepted in a school desegregation program in Massachusetts. Her experience in the program later prompted her to participate in a study of the civil rights movement.
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