Two Baltimore Police Officers Found Guilty of Armed Robbery, Racketeering

Kim Hairston/TNS/NewscomA jury has found two former Baltimore police officers guilty of robbery, racketeering, and conspiracy for their years-long participation in a crime ring within the city’s Gun Trace Task Force. By detailing one of the most egregious cases of police corruption in Baltimore’s history, the trial has raised broad questions about misconduct within a department that has struggled for decades to shake a reputation for malfeasance and to gain the public’s trust.

Eight members of the task force were indicted; Officers Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were the only two to reject plea deals and face trial. They now face a statutory maximum of 60 years in prison, though they will probably receive a lesser sentence following what are likely to be complex negotiations over the applicable federal guidelines.

During three weeks of testimony, the jury heard from four other task force members from a number of the officers’


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