Prosecutors Say 125 Cases Linked to Indicted BPD Officers Will be Dropped

12/5/17

By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

City prosecutors now say they have to drop 125 court cases tainted by the indictments or guilty pleas of eight Baltimore cops who spent years robbing suspects and civilians, selling stolen drugs and guns and falsifying hours.

The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office released its newest tally yesterday, with numbers updated as of Nov. 22. A total of 277 cases have been or will be impacted by the bust of the Gun Trace Task Force, a plainclothes Baltimore Police Department unit that was entrusted with tracing gunfire on city streets, but allegedly went rogue and ran its own racketeering ring, collaborated with drug dealers and even sold contraband across state lines.

Four of the eight officers have pleaded guilty so far. Affected cases include ones in which any of the eight were the arresting officers on the scene or served as key witnesses to charge or convict defendants.

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