News of police officers robbing suspects was common at the height of the war on drugs. In a throwback to those days, two Baltimore Police Detectives pleaded guilty on Friday to racketeering and billing the department for overtime work they didn’t perform, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Over a two-year period, Evodio Hendrix and Maurice Ward committed multiple robberies. In one case, they took drugs and cash from a suspected drug dealer during an arrest—but they didn’t stop there. The detectives confiscated the suspect’s house keys and stole $200,000 from a safe in the home.
They also admitted to stealing $17,000 from another home while conducting a search. And during a traffic stop, the rogue detectives stole $1,700 from another person.
The Sun said the judge could sentence them in February to seven to nine years in prison under sentencing guidelines, or up to the maximum 20 years.
Hendrix and Ward, who originally pleaded not guilty, were part of the department’s seven-member Gun Trace Task Force, an elite plainclothes unit created to stem the city’s illegal gun trade. The entire task force participated in illegal activities and billing the department for overtime hours they didn’t work.
When their illegal activities came to light, officials dropped criminal charges against dozens of suspects who were arrested or prosecuted in connection with the unit.
This comes on the heels of a drug planting scandal that rocked the department. A bodycam video shows a Baltimore police officer planting narcotics before arresting a suspect for the crime.
This is Jaquavion Slaton, the 20-year-old who was was shot & killed by Fort Worth Police on Sunday. Community demanding release of body camera video, but FWPD hasn’t said when/if that will happen. #WFAApic.twitter.com/iakQyWrRCl
Continue reading 64 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
64 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
UPDATED: 9:54 a.m. EDT, August 14, 2019 --
Police shooting and killing Black males is all but a centuries-old American tradition among law enforcement in the U.S. But the fact that this apparent rite of police passage was still thriving in 2019 and expected to continue well into 2020 and beyond should give any American citizen pause as more and more names of Black males continue to be added to a growing list of victims with what seems like a new shooting every week.
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Other victims' names include, but certainly, aren't limited to: Tamir Rice; Botham Shem Jean; E.J. Bradford; and Michael Brown.
As NewsOne continues covering these shootings that so often go ignored by mainstream media, the below running list Black men and boys who have been shot and killed by police under suspicious circumstances can serve as a tragic reminder of the danger they face upon being born into a world of hate that branded them as suspects since birth.