‘I’ve Tarnished The Badge’: Leader Of Rogue Baltimore Police Unit Gets 25 Years In Prison

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Former police sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday for leading the rogue Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) of the Baltimore Police Department.

The investigation has forced the department and city prosecutors to throw out more than 1,700 criminal cases that the officers corrupted with their involvement, BBC reported Thursday. Jenkins pleaded guilty participating in 10 robberies of citizens as well as planting drugs on crime scenes and selling confiscated drugs back onto the streets. He will serve and additional three years of supervised release following the 25 years sentence.

“I’m wrong, God knows I’m wrong,” Jenkins said. “I’m so sorry to the citizens of Baltimore.”

Former-Detective Maurice Ward testified that the GTTF would routinely carry BB guns in their vehicles just in case they needed to plant one on a crime scene. Ward testified to other shocking acts of corruption by the GTTF as well. (RELATED: Baltimore’s Bad Cops Are Nearly Unfireable — For Now)

City violence has skyrocketed amid the police scandals as well, with Baltimore suffering 343 murders in 2017, a record rate with the city’s shrinking population. Pugh cited the surge in violence when she fired Davis and replaced him with Deputy Commissioner Darryl De Sousa. (RELATED: Union Calls Out Baltimore Police For Lowering Recruit Standards)

“Crime is now spilling out all over the city, and we’ve got to focus. I am charging De Sousa and his staff to get on top of it to reduce the numbers and to reduce them quickly,” Pugh said at a news conference. “The fact is, we are not achieving the pace of progress that our residents have every right to expect in the weeks since we ended what was nearly a record year for homicides in the city of Baltimore.”

Six other members of the GTTF have yet to receive their sentences.

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