Federal prosecutors alleged that Hersl, Taylor and other officers were robbing drug dealers, dealing drugs and then covering up their crimes.
Hersl and Taylor were both acquitted on the count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. Police corruption is a hindrance to public safety, degrades trust in the criminal justice system, and puts the lives of hard-working and dedicated officers at risk.
"That's what [the officers] were counting on", acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning said after the verdict.
These cops went into various homes and businesses, pulled weapons on the "suspects" in the name of investigating a crime, and proceeded to rob them of large sums of cash, sometimes divvying up their loot at a local bar afterward.
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Hersl and Taylor pleaded not guilty in the case and now face up to 60 years in prison.
The scandal emerged in 2015, following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died of injuries while in police custody, forcing the Baltimore Police department to come under federal scrutiny.
Mayor Catherine Pugh also pledged today that her administration will be "relentless" in "closing this sordid chapter in policing culture".
"The verdict rendered by jurors in this disturbing trial is clearly the right one, given the abundance of compelling and damning evidence", said Pugh in a statement, according to the Baltimore Sun. 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".
"Our job moving forward is to earn back the trust and response of the community". We have created a new Corruption Unit that will focus, specifically, on this case and the allegations that were made, but were not part of the indictment or prosecution.
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"I want all of our citizens to know that I have likewise been appalled by the level of dishonesty and betrayal that these individuals, and others also implicated, perpetrated here in our community". And those officers testifying for the prosecution acknowledged committing crimes almost a decade ago.
But some voices are calling for more than departmental reforms. In 2016, the Justice Department released a report detailing what the agency saw as a long pattern of discriminatory policing practices by the Baltimore police, including racial profiling and excessive use of force.
"I am well aware of the enormity of this action and that its scale may give you reason to pause", he wrote.
"No citizen is above the law and in the case of Hersl and Taylor the jury has spoken", the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police wrote on Twitter following the verdict.
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