When an employee, who worked at storage unit where Summerville was hiding his dope, asked for a search warrant from the officers, one of them said he "looked like somebody that needed to be robbed". They detailed acts of shocking police misconduct, including armed home invasions, stretching back to 2008.
William Purpura, Hersl's lead attorney, said the family was disappointed in the verdict but noted that the jury "did acquit him of one of the more serious crimes".
"That was the business model for this organization: They thought if you rob drug dealers they have no place to go", he said. According to the Baltimore Sun, prosecutors on the case said Hersl and Taylor along with a few others from the Gun Trace Task Force acted as both "cops and robbers" using the law to take large sums of money from residents under the guise of police work. He said a decision about a possible appeal would be made later.
Taylor's defense team and his relatives did not immediately speak to reporters after the Monday evening verdict.
"Over two weeks in federal court, four former members of the once-lauded unit who earlier pleaded guilty took the stand in their new prison uniforms and admitted crimes denied for years during internal investigations and lawsuits". Their leader, a sergeant with a golden-boy reputation and a sledgehammer approach to policing, kept actual sledgehammers - along with grappling hooks, black masks, even a machete - in duffel bags in his police-issued auto. They were the only two officers fighting the charges.
It's not clear when Jenkins and the other ex-detectives who pleaded guilty will be sentenced by a federal judge.
At the time, officers used their authority to commit various crimes such as conducting illegal searchers, holding up drug dealers, locking up innocent people and claiming unearned overtime, NBC news reported.
Schenning said he was thankful the jurors saw through that. Former Detective Momodu Gondo, faces up to 40 years in prison.
Del. Bilal Ali, a Baltimore Democrat, is sponsoring a bill to grant a person at least $50,000 for each year they are wrongly imprisoned, with a maximum award of $5 million.
Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said in a statement that the trial exposed the city's inability to weed out corruption that lasted almost a decade, and "affirmed the gross misconduct that communities have complained of for years" but weren't believed.
As we've discussed here previously, a series of trials have been underway in Baltimore, Maryland alleging widespread corruption among members of the city's Gun Trace Task Force. Currently, roughly 125 tainted cases involving the eight indicted Baltimore law enforcers have been dropped.
According to the Baltimore city's Office of the Public Defender, as many as 3,000 cases could have been affected by the GTTF.