Federal prosecutors announced the indictment Wednesday in the city, where the police department entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department in the final days of the Obama administration, promising to stop abusive tactics and discriminatory practices that included unlawful stops of drivers and pedestrians. The complaint alleged that some officers were depriving citizens of their rights, privileges and immunities as protected by federal law.
They had also been detected as having stolen time from the department, with one officer reported to have documented himself working overtime hours while he was on vacation in Myrtle Beach, and two others bragging about scheming "at least $8,000 to $10,000 a month" in fraudulent overtime hours, during a tapped phone call.
These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department show, from left, Daniel Hersl, Evodio Hendrix, Jemell Rayam, Marcus Taylor, Maurice Ward, Momodu Gando and Wayne Jenkins, the seven police officers who are facing charges of robbery, extortion and overtime fraud, and are accused of stealing money and drugs from victims, some of whom had not committed crimes.
The officers allegedly stopped someone leaving a storage facility, falsely claimed to have a warrant, and took $2,000 from a sock containing $4,800.
Davis admitted the indictments were embarrassing to the department, but that they were part of efforts to root out bad police officers and reform the department.
Rosenstein said the Department had begun looking into officers about a year ago.
- Four of the officers arrested a man during a traffic stop and confiscated drugs and $21,500 but turned only $15,000 over as evidence. Federal authorities were listening: inside an electronically surveilled police vehicle, Rayam was recorded telling Gondo he'd only "taxed" the man "a little bit".
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"We have aggressively been pursuing personnel records to be able to highlight the issues with their credibility on the force".
Six officers were charged in Gray's death.
"I turned the camera off", Gondo said.
In addition, the defendants allegedly prepared and submitted false official incident and arrest reports, reports of property seized from arrestees, and charging documents that concealed the fact that they had stolen money, property and narcotics. Then they went to the man's home and stole $200,000 and a $4,000 wristwatch from a safe deposit box. All were arrested, suspended without pay and jailed overnight pending detention hearings Thursday.
One officer went on a vacation to Myrtle Beach and charged overtime to the city nearly the entire week, the charging documents stated.
Baltimore police union president Gene Ryan said he was "disturbed" by the recent charges.
Family members declined to speak to comment.