Seven Baltimore Police Officers Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges

Seven Baltimore police officers were indicted Wednesday on federal racketeering charges. These charges compromise a number of cases aimed at getting guns off city streets.

The officers have been accused of filing false paperwork, shaking down citizens, and making fraudulent overtime claims, all while Justice Department investigators were scrutinizing the department for what they concluded was widespread civil rights violations.

U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, pictured above, said the Drug Enforcement Administration launched an investigation over a year ago that eventually involved the FBI and electronic surveillance.

Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 36, and Detectives Momodu Gondo, 34; Evodio Hendrix, 32; Daniel Hersl, 47; Jemell Rayam, 36; Marcus Taylor, 30; and Maurice Ward, 36, were summoned to internal affairs Wednesday morning and arrested.

Rosenstein accused the officers of participating in “a pernicious conspiracy scheme” that “tarnishes the reputation of all police officers.”

“These defendants were allegedly involved in stopping people who had not committed crimes, and not only seizing money but pocketing it,” he said. “These are really robberies by people wearing police uniforms.”

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