Baltimore Cops Admit To Planting Guns On Shooting Victims
Article from VICE by Drew Schwartz.
Last week, the beginning of an explosive corruption trial involving eight members of Baltimore’s elite Gun Trace Task Force revealed that a handful of Baltimore cops allegedly kept fake guns in their patrol cars to plant on innocent people—a failsafe they could use if they happened to shoot an unarmed suspect, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Detective Maurice Ward, who’s already pleaded guilty to corruption charges, testified that he and his partners were told to carry the replicas and BB guns “in case we accidentally hit somebody or got into a shootout, so we could plant them.” The directive allegedly came from the team’s sergeant, Wayne Jenkins, the Washington Post reports. Though Ward didn’t say whether or not the tactic was ever used, Detective Marcus Taylor—another cop swept up in the scandal—was carrying a fake gun almost identical to his service weapon when he was arrested last year, according to the Sun.
The revelation is just one of many egregious abuses that have come out of the sprawling trial that the Sun has called “Baltimore’s biggest police corruption scandal in memory.” Prosecutors say the squad, which was tasked with getting illegal guns off the streets, abused its power by robbing suspects and innocent people, raiding homes without warrants, and selling confiscated drugs, among other crimes.
But the BB gun testimony is particularly disturbing in light of 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s death in 2014, the 13-year-old in Baltimore who was shot twice by cops in 2016 after he allegedly sprinted from them with a replica gun in his hand, and the 86 people fatally shot by police in 2015 and 2016 who were spotted carrying toy guns.
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And Maryland is big on Gun Control too.
Stuff like this from a few bad apples makes it so much harder for the many honest police out there.
Nothing new or isolate here.
It’s called a “drop gun” and it’s as old as the first police departments and a fact all over the world. – They have been used for centuries “Just in case you make a mistake” – I would say 90% of the police in high crime areas carry drop guns.
The author needs to spend a little more time out in the real world. And just FYI with all the body cams and other video allover the place it would be rather hard to get away with using a drop gun these days.
and Maryland is ruled by democrats, so you can bet their cops are part of the democrat elite