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Baltimore Police Corruption Trial: 2 Former Officers Convicted

Baltimore Police Corruption Trial: 2 Former Officers Convicted

Former Baltimore Police detectives Daniel Hersl, left, and Marcus Taylor. (Baltimore PD)

By    |   Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:35 AM

Two former Baltimore police officers were convicted in a corruption trial on Monday for their involvement in a broader conspiracy within the department's now-defunct Baltimore police gun task force involving a range of criminal activities.

Former detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor each face up to 60 years in prison on charges of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering and Hobbs Act robbery charges, according to CNN.

While the two investigators pleaded not guilty, six other Baltimore police officers pleaded guilty to similar charges, and it was through the testimony of four of them that the convictions arose, National Public Radio said.

The scandal emerged in 2015, following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died of injuries while in police custody, forcing the Baltimore Police department to come under federal scrutiny.

At the time, officers used their authority to commit various crimes such as conducting illegal searchers, holding up drug dealers, locking up innocent people and claiming unearned overtime, NBC news reported.

Testimony presented during the trial by witnesses painted a picture of officers selling seized drugs and guns on the streets and peddling garbage bags filled with drugs looted during the 2015 riots.

Lead federal prosecutor Leo Wise noted that the unit was "supposed to be sentinels guarding this city from people who break the law," but they instead "became hunters," CNN reported.

Newly appointed Commissioner Darryl De Sousa noted that the trial, "uncovered some of the most egregious and despicable acts ever perpetrated in law enforcement," NBC News noted.

He further stated that a new corruption unit had been created to focus specifically on the case and the allegations "that were made but were not part of the indictment or prosecution."

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