Jury Convicts Elite Baltimore Task Force On Federal Corruption Charges

A Baltimore jury convicted two members of the city’s elite Gun Trace Task Force on federal corruption charges Monday night, ending a long and embarrassing investigation for the Baltimore Police Department.

Monday’s verdict comes after a long string of corruption scandals at the department, resulting in the firing of former-Commissioner Kevin Davis in January, The Baltimore Sun reported. The two detectives, Daniel Hersl, 48, and Marcus Taylor, 31, were convicted of racketeering and conspiring to racketeer after using their authority to steal cash from citizens and resell firearms onto the streets.

“We recognize that this indictment and subsequent trial uncovered some of the most egregious and despicable acts ever perpetrated in law enforcement,” Acting-Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said. “Let me make it clear: I have ZERO TOLERANCE for corruption.”

The slew of corruption cases hitting the department may force prosecutors to drop as many as 850 cases connected with the nine officers involved. Another officer was indicted in December for planting heroin on a crime scene. Former Sgt. Wayne Earl Jenkins, 37, is one of several Baltimore police officers accused of misconduct. He stands charged with destruction and alteration or falsification of records as well as deprivation of rights.

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