Baltimore May Have To Drop 850 Cases Due To Police Misconduct And Racketeering
Baltimore prosecutors dropped dozens of cases Tuesday due to investigations into federal racketeering and alleged misconduct by the Baltimore Police Department.
State’s Attorney for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby said Tuesday that her office is still reviewing 850 cases, some of which are closed, which used evidence that may be nullified by either the federal racketeering case or a group of officers implicated in misconduct by body camera footage this summer, the Baltimore Sun reported. So far, Mosby has dropped or plans to drop more than 300 cases.
“As prosecutors, we will remain vigilant in our pursuit of justice and we will continue to do our part to restore public trust and build confidence in the criminal justice system,” Mosby’s office said in a statement. (RELATED: Baltimore Police Stand By Officers In Thirds ‘Questionable’ Body Cam Video)
Baltimore Special Litigation Director Deborah Katz Levi argues Mosby hasn’t gone far enough, however, claiming that she should be doing more to punish officers implicated in misconduct. (RELATED: WATCH: Baltimore Police Officer Plants Drugs On Crime Scene)
“The state’s attorney’s office refuses to disclose names of officers involved in the third video, and we think they are constitutionally obligated to do so,” Levi told reporters. “In addition, they have yet to disclose how they have arrived at these totals and our office has calculated much greater numbers of affected convictions. We continue to encourage transparency and dialogue as we work to undo as many tainted convictions as possible.”
While Mosby’s office is prosecuting the eight officers implicated by body cam footage, federal prosecutors are handling the racketeering case. So far, seven officers have been charged with colluding to rob citizens as well as submitting fraudulent paper work and overtime pay requests.
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