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Cops on a Crime Spree (Rebroadcast)

2019-06-22 | 🔗

They belonged to an elite police task force charged with getting guns off Baltimore’s streets. Instead, the plainclothes cops roamed the city, robbing people on the street, breaking into homes to steal money and drugs, and planting evidence on their victims.

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This sea shot with a police officer, cellphone came four or five cops: prying open, safe chrome, the Greek futile safe opens in revealed, bundles of cash wrapped in rubber bag. Why does the sergeant I have no life eurozone right, he's telling them to do everything by the book. Everything they learned, the police again take photos, don't disturber crime scene, don't touch or no such It looks like a police rate of progress, but
It was all show you see moments before the cops jack. This footage late already In the same in stolen hundred thousand hours they left a hundred. Behind the stage, a phoney cup work and fake everyone out for you. These cops were part of a specialised league unit, fought more merely called the gun, Trace taskforce, six detective to sergeant was supposed in charge of getting bad guys with guns off the street. Instead they use their bad to get in homes, car, searching were ever they wanted and taking whatever they wanted. They rob people still drugs and planted evidence they covered all this up and then take the time sheets to almost double their salaries while they were doing it Baltimore. Was already in the toys, the city's perch,
but a homicide. Rape is among the highest in the nation. On top of all this, the gun trace taskforce operated there, eight may and crime. They were caught after year long FBI investigation tried on federal racketeering charges they rose, Madam Rapporteur, for W wipe your Baltimore Poles apart the story of a police. Unicorn woke me first, aid This story in June twenty eighteen Mama Uganda grew up in Baltimore and was a Baltimore cop for twelve years. He testified in hundreds of trials, but on February fifth, two thousand, He sat on the witness stand, not wearing police blue, but instead prison orange with a bushy beard he thrown in jail. He was hoping for a lighter sentence by testifying against two fellow officers and the gun trace Task Force, Marcus Taylor and Daniel Herschel during the trial process
It was play tape from wiretaps they'd put unkindness phone in car I just want you to know. I'm a phenomenon that sergeant Wayne Jenkins leader of the task force- he's giving Gandhi the Daily run down of what the task force cops would be doing that day there were gonna, go, get a joint border, walk for drawing up a bit of it out where one, whatever your re awarded on the stand, Gander described how he and the other taskforce cops would operate. Sometimes they shake people down by driving up fast to a random group of black men standing on a street corner. The cops would open the doors
jump out in Chase whoever ran then they steal. Whatever the person was carrying. They call these Dore pops street rips a ribbon runs your way virtue. The Sir Yo Yo Gwawl here ripple roughly the night, I'm a cucumber score. Wayne Jenkins was furious. That one of his detectives was late for a planned ribbon, run away, listen, don't these cops operated in plain clothes and they'd ribbon run anywhere from ten to fifty times a night. Sometimes if they found drugs, guns or money, they take them and make no arrest tell the victim he got off easy or that taxed but other times they go after what they called big deeds suspected drug dealers, they thought would have lots of money fervour during our term urban ago.
Only when we are eating it? Sometimes they arrest them pocket a portion of the drugs or money in turning the rest. Gandhi said he preferred to do it this way to skim off the evidence. And he said on the stand. What drug dealer is gonna complain that some of his drugs have gone missing. It was with this in mind. The taskforce cops started following an Ex convict named Roy an old Hamilton. They knew Hamilton had gone to prison before for drug charges and he had a serious gambling habit. Hamilton seemed like a perfect target, so the cops lie to get a search warrant for his home. Ronald Hamilton was away. Instead set the trial. There was no. Courting allowed in the court room, so I drove out to his house in the rural suburbs, forty five miles outside of Baltimore. It sits on a cul de sac, overlooking farms. Theirs
I believe in the yard and a basketball hoop and the driveway side How are you Hamilton lets me It was house and we sit in his living room. He seems nervous. So when I first came you're totally sure if you wanted to talk I feel that my life is in jeopardy adieu, sugar coat, nothing. I am going to repeat the story. He told on this day how, in July twenty sixteen he was at home. Debo shopping for window blinds with his wife when he knew Mr Mann hovering around them. He looked away. Termer now look back. He was still. Wanted. A resolute came back said that when my wife,
What is it? I was still a ceiling, think nothing of it left our home people. After a few minutes, he and his wife turning the parking lot of dry cleaners. That's was surrounded for Marcus surrounded me Smith. Now the vehicle he recognized. Does the guy from Home Depot jump out of one of the cars, its detective condos partner, Gmail Rayam hidden? acts anything, but was my money I what three took them. I am a partner stuck in an adverse from buried. Put me on the carpet my wife in another, what I was how we are a wiretap catches. What happens next gander?
cause the taskforce leader windings and tells him they have Ronald Hamilton and his wife. You got the all male. Ok, I love you so many things at all by the download earnings. When there was a Baronet Burma warrior forget about it. I've got you the cops Dr Hamilton and his wife to another location. As I was good, the car another officer up to me and identified surfaces federal agent when Jenkins pretend to be a? U S attorney the cops. Tell Hamilton they'd seen him do three controlled buys. That's three drug deals took me. Tomorrow we got you under surveillance. We got you know we have as helping but Hamilton cause they're bluff. Yeah me? Don't it well, there's gonna be a federal court. They put Hamilton
his wife and one car and get on the highway, but they passed the exit for the courthouse, are we going to now, sir? made over to my wife. Ass, it be quiet about IRAN. She's anyway, I assume I was going to speak when no signal they pull up to the Hamiltons House and the cops let his wife called the children. They are too young, kids and teenager. She tells them to leave the house. The cops search, the kids book bags on their way bullets and set me aside, set my wife. I mean a Cheer Hamilton, wife sit in the living room handcuffed while a cop with a gun, watches them the rest of the crew do what they call a sneak in peak. They case the house in the Hamiltons bedroom. They and fifty thousand dollars and a heat sealed package and another twenty thousand in loose hundreds under a towel in the closet. They leave the fifty thousand behind and
I could twenty Hamilton says the money was all legitimate that he has receipts for all of it. He says the cash from his businesses. He owns several it'll properties, plus he buys and sells, used cars cement. I do not like me stay among minus data myself. I was right I haven't been to get out. They do and Hamilton, runs upstairs and looks first cash in closet, it's gone, he read Saunders front Door and yells to them across them said. You brought me anyway, crooks before officer me in a bar in South Baltimore and split the money Hamilton tells me since that day his wife does want to be alone in their house. His kids, even come into the house. There so scared they stay with his ex pronto,
Lt In was one out of thirty two witnesses who testified at the trial some drug dealers, others law, abiding citizens, defence, the attorneys painted them all as professional liars. They also downplayed the cops behaviour detect. Daniel Herschel was one of the defendants. His lawyer weighing Papa, said some of the things his client did were common practice in the Baltimore Police Department like lying on time sheets condoned with a wink in, and I therefore where's the flood of its aloud and Detective Herschel stole from people. Yes, but it didn't plan to If you didn't intend to take money and it became an afterthought once the monies there and its on its way, evidence that is in fact simple. As that Robert. He carries a heavier sentence: robberies global vows if he intended from the beginning to take money and you have your badge in your gun- becomes a robbery. They rob people while
acting as police officers, because it gave them cover. That's dare kinds, one of two federal prosecutors in the case He argued that it was the other way around. The cops did plan and they used their police badges to operate as a gang of robbers. That's why they did it when they will work on the central they broad with impunity, because I believe that no one would believe the potential criminals drug dealer that I took the money from over their own words LEO. This was the other federal prosecutor. In the case, in his clothes argument, he said that Ronald Hamilton's lifestyle was not on trial same for the other witnesses. The under the day doesn't matter. You can't rob drug dealers who can't run people or drug dealers. So, however, he made the money whether we made it selling drugs are selling girl scout cookies. It was a question of what had the defeat.
And thence dawn and had they taken the money, the trial lasted eight days. The jury found Marcus Taylor and Daniel Herschel guilty of racketeering and robbery. They were each sentenced to federal prison for eighteen years, the other six cops Wayne Jenkins Thomas hours, Mamma do condo Jamal RAM, Maurice Ward and avoiding Hendricks plead guilty. Their assented they range from eight to twenty five years. That's me those men of w, wipe your Baltimore and mirrors after this, their story. I don't know I mean I just it seems I believe that no one knew what the task force was doing before they got busted mean. Did anyone raise any concerns before the trial. Well, before the trial, it was an open a secret that some of the task force cops where problems the Baltic,
or Sun had reported that the city settled police brutality, lawsuits name, Daniel Herschel, but her remained on the police force and he was even promoted to the gun taskforce once it was there He had almost unlimited power to roam the city and shake people down. our young moose and his father became owner store and EAST Baltimore called out the mud they sell. Custom, tease, hoodies and mixed tapes city, Local rap artists became says, Detective Herschel Target It is family repeatedly over several years. It started when young It was a teenager and hanging out with a friend Herschel had his eye on. Was really acid misguided. My son was France will be kept, says Hearst. Painted drugs on his son and his friend both on one of the most so coming home on bail. A young man he, while fifteen, when you who's got out here.
In writing songs about herschels reputation. You move in you see you. Then it was tat crucial harass unhappily planted drones. I may like my yes. As it moves does said they that's one thing. We can't make us all but the police is gonna, bring us trouble. But he saw young, so he made us all in and was it got out, You went crazy the version viruses now. His own Herschel put the pressure on he arrested moose again and twenty fourteen and his parents and brother the same year be can cause them junk arrests
as Herschel would follow them around park is car in front of the store they can try to report. What Herschel was doing? He called internal affairs. That's the branch of the police department that investigates plaints against their officers. They would lay what he's occur because certain foreign you stole out in a bomb as it were him, video cameras and store as they become age put some more me. It'll, be ok your teeth, and if I were you can't videotape him? Unless the video camera is where he can see it, and let us talk his iron, I'm stems commoner, Pronounced Amy, you can, I be crying, and indeed because he's after my whole family, he no big cab says he called internal affairs several times, but he never got anywhere He says he even talk to Herschel about it ass. It is your races hurdle as aware you bother my family he's a normal relations. My girlfriend black, why you do what you do so, because the police, I do not want to do
Some of the task force cops were black somewhere. Why most Not all of their victims were black and from the inner city and, unlike least brutality. We ve heard about in other cities around the country. These swear, relentless motivated by greed as well as racism out of these cars get so much power in the first place thing any, and I really want to see any there the key to the city, how many of the people they sent to prison, what innocent of the charge brought against him. So our estimate is loosely at this moment. Around two thousand that's coming up on reveal
from the centre for investigative reporting in p r eggs. This is reveal a mallet eight cops. Belong to Baltimore countries. Taskforce are behind bars before it caught in an FBI investigation. They spent gears shaking people down stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from them David stole drugs and put them back on the streets. After the death of Freddy Gray in TWAIN, fifteen, the Justice Department and the FBI came to town to investing. The police department. Now it's a little mine blowing to think the cup the gun trace force were operating their illegal racket. Doing that, very same time, investigators were in town. It's it's beyond brazen and it opens up a lot of questions. Did they get help with others in the department? Protecting them
for the people tipping them off when the investigation got too hot and did the corruption and with conviction of a taskforce officers That brings us to the mysterious death of a police officer. His name was detective Sean suitor, any doubt several weeks before the trial of a gun trace taskforce officers began, he wasn't all the taskforce, but they know good afternoon just after noon. Today. Eighteen year Homicide detective Sean suitor was pronounced dead. Forty three years old, married father, Five, his wife, Nicole you take this pseudo- was found lying face down in a vacant lot with a bullet hole in his head shot with his own service, wrong.
Thousands of people came out to suit his few. Almost the entire Baltimore force was there to morning as a homicide. Detective his heart his mind was work dedicated to bringing peace to the families, see his death remains unsolved? Despite an intense ongoing investigation and a hefty reward for information may rosemary. Though you wipe your looks into suitors death and the questions that remain round Baltimores Police force, Sean suitors death seems to haunt the Baltimore Police Department and the city was it murder? Was it a suicide and was it just a coincidence? Suitor was shot the night before he was to answer questions under oath about the country's taskforce. It was
grand jury, testimony that never happen. The taskforce trial hadn't begun yet, but prosecutors still had threads. They wanted to follow, possibly additional charges. They wanted to to talk about a night from April twenty ten. He was in an unmarked car racing down the streets of West Baltimore and a car ahead, Wayne, Jenkins and Detective Ryan Gwynn Jenkins would later become the head of the gun taskforce during the chase. The man they were pursuing was in a crash and a bystander was killed later. Thirty, two grams of heroin and a digital scale were found in his car. The man the cops were chasing was Umar, burly burly insisted the drugs reply, did, but he had a criminal record and his lawyers told him. No one would believe him, so he plead guilty to me.
And slaughter and the drug charge, and he was sentenced to fifteen years in prison and that's where he was and March twenty seventeen he was watching television He saw a news flash just briefly quoted in that this is from Baltimore City, were indicted on criminal, charges for us. Things. Gas was like low bottom was any of your police, but it flat affairs. The names are really cell, You know who they actually was reminding catch. Sorry Wayne Jenkins photo Flash on the screen, but ten minutes later you got an email from someone. He knew They finally got a man, it become unholy finally got don't corrupt cats, whom I did get to come home
after they were indicted in twenty seventeen. Some of the gun task force cops, started pleading guilty and they opened up about the past. They said Wayne Jenkins told them he once planted drugs after a car chase federal prosecutors. Follow that lead and figure it out. It was my after spending more than seven years in prison, a judge vacated who Mars charges and he walked out of the courthouse three men from day one. I said it draws this planet, but no one. Amy any attention, and I August this has been Wayne Jenkins confessed to setting Omar up. He signed a plea agreement and in it he said he told an officer to get drugs and plant them in numerous car. That cop is referred to plea as officer number two. Then Jenkins said he sent another officer referred to as off their number one to find them the police.
Commissioner. At the time said officer number one wish on suitor. He Jenkins duped suitor into finding the drugs but A burly has another story. He says all the cops were in on it. His lawyer, Steve Silverman, says when the three officers first came out of their cars and approached Umar their faces were covered, came out in black. Those mass he was being robbed early, The gas cause he didn't know what the heck was going on and truly terrified and you know these people war with no badge is no more cars. Do nothing Silverman says the cops had to plant the drugs issue Mars car. They had it Justify why they chased him in the first place, plus they had. Explain the car crash that killed a bystander, so they had There was a homeless, there is a dead person and
it would have never been able to explain why they were, and I speeches to begin with, because obviously they're not gonna. Say they were gonna Robin. So that's when they called another officer to come. Bring some heroin the planet in the vehicle. In scenario: detective suitor is an accomplice, not an innocent dupe, and what about the third cop? Who was there that day, detective Ryan Gwynn? Is he officer number two who, according to Jenkins, was sent to get the drugs to plant and numerous car prosecutors told me they believe he's innocent and didn't charge him? He still on the floor outside the courthouse, a reporter asks whom our, how he feels about that, but is that sit with you know it's a dozen sit well with me at all, because Light was affected by this and I'll never be able to. We the same again what he gets can see you on in his job
If anyone is life, like nothing happened, and it s not fair at all that often There is one of a dozen Baltimore cops whose name came up during the trial of the gun, trace taskforce. Witnesses said those twelve committed crimes with a task force or helped cover them up, and there were others who weren't. I fight at the trial, for example, one taskforce cop said they were tipped off to the FBI. Investigation by someone in internal affairs federal a secure LEO Wise says some one in the states attorney's office alerted the cops too. There was evidence that they were tipped off a variable There was an investigation, but it didn't stop them a in a remarkable way. It didn't cause them to even slow down really, as you can imagine,. When an entire police unit goes to federal prison for racketeering. There are a lot of problems left wise says that
FBI is still digging through the information they gathered in the country's taskforce investigation. There could be more federal indictments, local attorneys are coming through all the arrests. The task force cops made between two thousand six and a thousand seventeen Beverly, He is in the public defenders office she's in charge of calling up these possibly tainted cases. Our estimate is loosely at this moment around two thousand, because we think, when we start adding in the officers who were implicated at the trial will expand to approximately two thousand that mean two thousand cases where people were falsely imprisoned levies, as since defence attorneys, weren't able to see and officers internal records, they were able to see if they had prior complaints of misconduct. The condom, was going undisclosed and people were just missing out on a fair trial. Omar Burly in his lawyer, say they're, going to sue the city and the police department and those two
in cases some of those. Turn into lawsuits against the city to usually city. Taxpayers are on the hook for settlements involving officer misconduct, but in this case we would argue that City is not responsible for the harms caused by these officers. Carriage, three Davis is Baltimores City solicitor deserts. Officers were acting outside the scope of the employment, they were with malice, and they pursuing their own purposes and in one who was harmed will have to look to the individual assets of those four officers in order to seek common, The judge each loss who will decide if that argument stands? If it does, the victims of the gun taskforce cops. One likely receive less money than if they were able to settle what the police department in the city, on the other hand, making individual
cops dig into their own pockets to pay for law suits might affect how police officers behave when they hit the streets. And there is a lot for them to do in Baltimore. The city's crime rate is heartbreaking on a daily basis, three team, yours were shot in just one day. Recently. Poverty, drugs and violence are triple threats that hit poor and black communities in Baltimore and corrupt cops, make it so much worse. There's enough narcotics illustrates a Baltimore, you keep it intoxicated four year, that's Anthony bats. He was the police commissioner. During the unrest and twenty fifteen after Freddy Grace death, he was talking about the twenty seven pharmacies were prescription. Drugs were alluded,
criminals are selling, though stolen drugs. There are turf wars happening which are leading to violence in shootings in our city, but the criminals were aided by corrupt cops at the taskforce. Trial jurors heard that during the unrest Wayne Jenkins, the task force, a leader brought trash bags full of prescription drugs to a friend who then resold them, and he wasn't the only taskforce member who resold drugs back to the streets. Another said he'd been tipping off drug dealers to police whereabouts for sixteen years, protecting them from the good cops doing real police work, and from the other cops who wanted to rob them the day the verdicts came down and the ten taskforce trial, Alex Hilton came to them
your court house. He was close to tears, lotta people bleeding toys, but Buddy it is crazy. We're talking about cops, Hilton said he needed to see these officers tried and in handcuffs, because one of them used to torment him years ago enough to make a move out of his EAST Baltimore neighbourhood. From us here. Please call, and I would now call up, look and see if you know Ok, you raised my mama. I just you know our judges is. This was debate. Just was debate held in was trying to figure out if he felt any closure. Now that eight police officers were in prison is totally on would probably not because a lot of work to be done. No one thinks the country's task force could have done what it did as a party of aid as someone told me in Baltimore, there are drug king, pins and crooked cops and there's a large supply of both
that was report of May rules maddened from W wipe your body. Rob prosecutors may bring more charges related to the country's taskforce, but they won't be able to charge all the people who bear those cops. Those who gave them a wink in a nod or just look the other way. The country's taskforce or, if the only police ripping in running in Baltimore QUIET, like you said, me. You need to come now, there's just one less drug dealers Don't worry about almost fishing! We revisit a story of a man who died. Why was running from the police next on reveal,
from the centre for investigative, aborting, p r ex this is reveal analysis cops from us. Why is both more police? You are now in prison for racketeering and robbery. One of their racquets was chasing people through the streets than robbing it, but it wasn't just a taskforce carbs who chase people with victimized our next story. First, In April twenty seventeen, the Porter Mary, was Madden above you wipe your was poring over old cases brought against city for police misconduct. When she ran across this one, it's about a man who died. While he was running from the police Mary decided to investigate further, begins in an alley. West Baltimore, It was the middle of the afternoon in August of two thousand seven J Cook was getting into it. Car to go, get a money order to pay rent. He could have walked the grocery store
It's just a short walk away, but he was skittish a week earlier, J was robbed at gunpoint right here behind his apartment building, and someone who saw to people in the alley watching him. He took off Why, then, that lack meal wait? Teacher, that's the description! The police called in later they'd report. That J was holding his arm tightly against his body, which today signalled he was concealing. A guy did Jane. No, they were cops. Accounts differ. About whether or not they were in plain clothes or uniform, but it might, out of mattered, even if he knew they workshops. It's not uncommon for black men in Baltimore to take off running when the police start for them, and she had some brushes with the law. The past language, like wonderful J, was running through streets in alleys, finally, he reached this overpass bordered by
chain, link fence now that under rule forty runs through West Baltimore, Jeez squeezed through a narrow opening here and clung to the fence. Seventy feet above the highway back at the apartment, Jane fiance, Linda Hammond, everyone one calls precious started wondering what was taking J so long she went outside to look for him. Lastly, wanted chase friends and he's crying these bear galleys crying he's just saying. I'm sorry, I'm sorry! I just combats was wrong and he wouldn't tell me what was wrong. Precious found the spare key jumped in the car and followed police, sirens and helicopters to the bridge, and I look dame
and I see a shoe you see she knew he was covered his hand outside of the issue in the police after eggs. Me do, I know this person is- and they took the sheet off of him, J had fallen from the fancy, was clinging to and was hit by a car Only thing I was told on that day was: he fitted description of a drug dealer, they rob somebody so how'd, you J end up dead and what.
Happened in the minutes before he fell into the highway. The radio dispatches that day tell only part of the story. I went to see his father, my name, is John Gideon cooked the there His name was John Gideon before we always called him too Mr Cook, and I sat together at the dining room table. I asked Mr Cook to tell me what he remembered about the day. Jake as I went forth, an avenue there was some police activity, I had no idea. It was about my son, who had just passed. And I got to the house. For me and surely the earth and my wife came up here to tell her.
It hurts so much. So so so much. We didn't know why we didn't know what happened. We had no idea. But all me new, the was no longer here. Mr Cook said he went to the point these station for answers couldn't even get an incident report because he kept installing me with it. Well, we still working on it we haven't completed. Yet the cops did tell Mr Kok that they found a gun on J, that's impossible. His dad thought no way was his son packing a guy, we wrote letters to the department justice to occur, congressmen too, the governor,
acting. I everybody for some time to help on what what took place here years went by and the cook family wasn't any closer to finding out what happened to J That's why we dug in initially we weren't to sue the city. We just one in answers, but because three couldn't get answers. We then felt as if we needed to get some legal counsel the cooks hired a lawyer had been recommended by relative two Allow me oh works out of a row house in Philadelphia. Has first floor office is crammed with second hand furniture. He sits down at a large oak desk and starts to describe it case that he says blew his mind when he first heard about it. When a thing what happened to Mr Cook, you know. Sometimes
it gave me offset. Abbe Yonah told the cooks to consider a civil law suit, but he told them they didn't have much time. Let me make it clear this incident happened back in two thousand and seven, but it was some time in two thousand and nine that my clients first contacted me about it. The years the cook family had spent trying to get answers on their own had put them dangerously close. To the three your mark when the statue of limitations would run out IBM had to act quickly, but he didn't much to go on. First, he sent out a price. Investigator and he found witnesses. Who said they saw what happened that day at the fence, the Baltimore police had
Finally, given the cook family, the incident report from August two thousand seven, it said quote officer, in green was in the area when he noticed Individual who is suspected was in possession of a handgun. A slight for pursuit ensued with just the two witnesses and the police report abalone file to suit it claimed that Jeez constitutional rights were violated, starting when the police force spotted Jane the alley and chased him a move. This said that the way he appeared it looked like he might have a weapon on game that is, it is saw a weapon, that's up enough itself. Racially motivated and evaluation of its constitutional rights. Abbe Yonah filed a civil rights suit against the police commission. Officers, Dwayne, Green and Raymond Howard, who are named in the incident report and the city of Baltimore
the pre trial process got under way with discovery. Both sides are supposed to turn over evidence to each other by a mutually determine date, but the police Department turn over much at all, so Abbe Yonah felt a subpoena to get them to produce. Everything they had related to the cook case. He also asked for the departments, policy and procedures on excessive force, stoppin frisk and how officers determine reasonable suspicion a bonus, as this information was crucial. To his case, if you're looking at the police department, where they have a custom and practice of Jos, stopping I'm frisking black people more than eighty percent of that stop, I'm phrased You ve had resolved in an arrest. That's it Supplementary stop. I've read, it is richer profile, which is part of my class gaze,
So I'm asking them to produce information that my support that leave the police said the documents about the departments, policies and procedures were privileged, but they said they would provide the files relating to J staff. The judge quickly ruled he said the police didn't have to turn over anything. Even the materials related to J Cook, the pre trial process wasn't going well for Abbe honor. He had to begin the depositions with little evidence and only one of his witnesses were testify against the police. Sheridan signal Rwanda deposition of should because summers she meekest summers lived across the street from the roof. Forty overpass and said that on the afternoon of August, fourteenth two thousand seven. She was sitting outside on the steps to our house, Jody Judah what'd, you observe what it is. Run. She Mika had a bad too thick. She speak slowly. And in the deposition video you can see her holding her cheek, a warning. There's some offensive language here.
Asshole cops running behind them fall, walk up like on a rich pie and what happened where you soda He was trying to hide in the bushes or sets from the police they saw was shaken, offence was shooting, difference was a white cap. Chicken offence was shaken, assess and calm colleague, wounded Jason was done mega Talk to the police are whether, in the video deposition you such a meek and look at the lawyer for the police Hartman in disbelief her at wide as if she saying given that you weren't eye witness to this man falling. Did you think it was important to go over and tell the police what you saw at the time? No sound
and ass want to talk to the police. Are we not in the Do you deposition, you see, should take a look at the lawyer for the police department in disbelief her eyes wide as if she saying Are you serious if I didn't want to talk. I didn't mean to say where they did so you afraid toxic, please, because they would throw you over the wall to the highways love what they may be sent back to the cap with the red hat that should make a mentioned. Abalone showed her photos. Police had taken now. I want you to go through the pages. One at a time tell Us recognize any of the people there. That was around the first day. I recognise that cat was that as the one Jason Budgets, lunches and Jane knows what the office
in the report. He's summers circled who Jared J to edit named him in the lawsuit, because his name was in the police report. The cops who were named in the report were officer. Raymond Howard, an officer Dwayne Green. So what did they say in their depositions? I beyond question green. First in the report he's the one who chased J to the fence Did you ever participate in any way shape or form regarding incident at the root forty overpass on August. Watching too does not so yes, Upon hearing the four pursued I drove on our way and they went thither, he was going to proceed to run on our way Green said he didn't chase J. He wasn't even at the fence that same day officer, Raymond Howard gave a deposition he's. The officer who wrote in signed the incident
in preparing your report. Did you talk to any police officers to get information as to how the accident happened? Yes, which offices they do talk? How my told Abbe Yonah that he talked to a detective who arrived after Jeez death was due to talk. I didn't Anybody else. The information that was given to me was that officer. Green was the person that was chasing job. So officer, Howard wrote the police report using only second hand, information. One more officer gave a deposition officer. Heyward Bradley testify, that he heard the dispatcher on his radio and arrived to see J. Hanging from the ledge of the highway overpass. He said. He immediately started trying to rescue J so my shirt. My pants over the fence. I finally got over the fence that's. When I saw him his face was looking up
and I was telling import or man I'm coming just hold on reached out and gravel so agitated minute in the video deposition you can, he Bradley wipe away tears wash them for ran over. I started in the Sahel Bradley, whose african American described. What Their officer said to him after J fell again a warning here about offensive language. He said to me: You need to come now. I don't know why you are just one lesson we don't worry about other species and officers said this is one less nigger we have to do. Is say that too Bradley described what happened at the fence. He named other police officers who worked in the incident report two of them were named Angela, Joy and Jared freed. Remember freed was the off
sir, should make us summers identified as chasing J to the fence that day of doing Green Edison. That did not at this point is clear. Abalone had named the wrong cops and the lawsuit, because the wrong cops renamed in the incident report. The report daddy gave to my client was totally false. There were other police documents and they confirmed, but Officer Bradley had said I This freedom, Choi were at the fence. The day J died, the police, let me add that evidence in their custody the whole time and it I ve, been handed over during discovery. Abalone, try to add breed enjoy to the lawsuit While the motion to the George, letting them know this, I just newly discovered evidence that we did not have real changes everything because They have been leading us to think it was always a green that was initially involve with my client
There was no other way to know what the judgment, I'd abalone motion, he said it procedural rules and Billina had Miss the deadline to add new parties to the suit of Vienna had had what he called ample time. I learned the real identities of the officers involved before filing the judge said the plaintiffs had no one but themselves to blame the police department intentionally light alive for years. We ve tools truth from the beginning. There will not be an issue of a deadline, be missed, Appiano did make mistakes, and most glaring was that he said a black officer for chasing J, even though the witnesses said the cop was why In February two thousand eleven, the judge dismissed the lawsuit he wrote in his opinion, that abalone hadn't shown due diligence that the police, acted in a way that shocked the conscience to the cops It was a suspicious character, just another
that guy running in Baltimore to his parents and precious, he was their kid. Their love scared for his life. He didn't have a gun. He was born to the store to get a money order forever. It did J, have a gun, none the witnesses, even the police, saw him with one. What they did see was off. Our joy, removing a gone from his body, and there are more questions where the a chasing J in uniform or in plain clothes. I try Interview officers join freed, the police department wouldn't make them avail, and they never responded to private requests. I wanted to ask them: did officer Freed shake the fence J was clinging to.
About ten years after Jacob died, the Justice Department came to Baltimore to investigate the police department morning today, the Department of Justice announces the outcome of our investigation and here's. A hundred and sixty three page report detailing our findings. The report confirmed what Abbe Yonah was trying to prove and his lawsuit for the cook family that the police used racial profiling that they used force. Excessively. The report even confirmed that some officers use the inward went on the job with no repercussions. So what happened to the officers and J cooks case Officer Howard, who got the facts wrong on the report of Jays Deaf left the force a month after the incident to become a police officer in Delaware, Heyward Bradley the black. Cop who was there when she died, filed
discrimination, sue of his own against the department, severally later, the suit was dismissed and Bradley is no longer a policeman. Angela Choi remained on the forest for years, but is no longer there in June. Freed the carbon witness said shook. The fence J was hanging onto was later promote to sergeant Mary was mad reported. Today's episode, Deborah George, was a senior editor producer was unaware. C d s quarters and we had researchers from Ben Spear at W. Why? Pr today shows a covert I would, though, you wipe your Baltimore are sound.
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