Third Baltimore Police Detective to Plead Guilty in Federal Racketeering Case


Baltimore Police Det. Jemell Rayam will plead guilty Tuesday in federal court to robbing people he detained, billing for overtime hours he didn’t work, and forging reports to cover his tracks, his attorney, Dennis Boyle, said.

Rayam’s guilty plea would bring to three the number of police detectives who have admitted to the criminal charges filed early this year in a federal racketeering case with far-reaching implications. The scandal has toppled the elite gun unit of the police department and led prosecutors to drop criminal charges against more than 100 people whose cases hinged on the word of the officers.

A fourth officer, Det. Momodu Gondo, called “G Money” in wiretapped phone calls, is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday to change his plea of not guilty. His attorneys did not respond to messages Monday.

Both detectives live in Owings Mills and remain suspended from the police department. They have been held in detention since their arrest and each faces as much as 20 years in prison. A hearing for Rayam, to change his plea was initially scheduled for next month.

Two Baltimore detectives plead guilty to racketeering charges, face up to nine years in prison
Six other officers have been indicted in the racketeering case, including the plainclothes gun unit’s former commanders, Sergeants Thomas Allers and Wayne Jenkins. Both men pleaded not guilty, as have Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor. Their trials are scheduled to begin in January.

Detectives Evodio Hendrix and Maurice Ward both pleaded guilty in July and await sentencing next year. They face seven to nine years in prison under sentencing guidelines, though the judge could choose to impose the maximum 20 years.

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Cops Plead Guilty to Stealing and Selling Drugs, Flex Blue Privilege—Will Not Go To Jail

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Fresno, CA — In a massive blow to justice and a nail in the coffin that is police accountability, two former cops who pleaded guilty to arresting people for drugs, stealing those drugs, and selling them for themselves, will not see a single day behind bars.

As the Free Thought Project reported in May, former sheriff’s deputies Logan August and Derrick Penney pleaded guilty to a massive conspiracy in which they would arrest people for selling drugs only to turn around and use those drugs to enrich themselves.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California, August and Penney conspired with a former detective to steal several pounds of cannabis from storage and sell it through a confidential informant.

According to court documents, between June 2014 and October 2014, while sworn peace officers working with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), August and Penney abused their positions of trust and authority by conspiring with former Bakersfield Police Department detective Patrick Mara and an individual who previously worked as a confidential informant for August, and others, to steal marijuana from a KCSO storage unit and sell it for unlawful personal gain.”

August and Penney pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, and they were facing a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, as yesterday’s sentencing showed, they will spend no time in jail and will pay no fines.

As Bakersfield now reports, in a candid exchange with August, Judge Lawrence O’Neill admitted he was convinced during August’s plea to go against his initial judgment.

“As a judge, I have to ask, ‘Is this person sorry more because he got caught or because of what they did?’ I’m convinced you’re sorry because of what you did,” he said. “When I entered the courtroom, I intended to say in this case that when an officer breaches the law, it is a prison case, not a probation case.”

However, that was not the case.

When those who are tasked with enforcing the law are caught breaking that law, they should be held to a higher standard than regular citizens. But, in law enforcement, it is the opposite.

“I’m just appreciative of that, because I get a second chance with my children, I get a second chance as a husband, and as a community member in Kern County,” August said.

Sadly, for the people August arrested and robbed of their marijuana, they will not get a second chance. The people August and Penney arrested and threw in a cage did not break any public trust, they were simply selling a plant to willing customers. It was Penney and August who betrayed the public, yet they are the ones walking free.

August has a history of using the power of the state to oppress others and profit from it. According to court documents, he routinely participated in “marijuana eradication operations,” only to turn around and sell the stolen plants for hefty sums.

On 10 separate occasions between March 2014 and December 2014, August wrongfully took marijuana from a law enforcement eradication operation for personal gain. August distributed to his former confidential informant the equivalent of 25 pounds of usable marijuana wrongfully taken from these law enforcement eradication operations. August received $15,000 from the sale of this marijuana.

If the common citizen was busted for conspiring to sell 25 pounds of pot, rest assured they would be rotting in a jail cell right now. In fact, TFTP has reported on countless stories of SWAT raids in which people were shot or killed that recovered only a few grams of cannabis. However, if you are on that thin blue line, rest assured, you can commit the same crimes that would land the common man in jail while never worrying about doing any time.

“Your profession, that’s gone. The pension is gone. The respect is gone,” said the judge. However, unlike all the people August and Penney busted to profit for themselves, their freedom is not gone.

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4 Florida Cops Plead Not Guilty To 2014 Beating Of Jeffrey Braswell






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Two current and two former Florida police officers have pleaded not guilty to charges filed in connection with the beating of a man captured after a high-speed car chase.

Boynton Beach officer Michael Brown and former officers Justin Harris and Ronald Ryan are charged with the 2014 beating of Jeffrey Braswell. The trio and Sgt. Philip Antico are also charged with trying to cover it up. All appeared in court Friday and Magistrate Judge William Matthewman ordered each to be held on $250,000 bail.

Braswell was in a car driven by Byron Harris, who fled at 100 mph after running a stop sign. During the chase, officer Jeffrey Williams was seriously injured when struck by Harris and possibly by a pursuing police car.

Video captured from a sheriff’s helicopter appeared to show the officers punching and kicking Harris, Braswell and another passenger during the arrest, CBS affiliate WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach reports.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhee Osborne told Matthewman others may be charged.

Jonathan Wasserman, the attorney for Justin Harris, told reporters, “These charges are not worthy of being prosecuted.” His client resigned from the department and Ryan was fired. Antico and Brown are on paid administrative leave.

Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz told a news conference Friday, “We will not let this incident of several years ago define us.”

In November of 2016, the city paid $600,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Harris, saying they wanted to avoid a much larger payout had the case gone to trial, WPEC-TV reports.

Harris pleaded guilty in 2015 to aggravated assault and eluding police. He was sentenced to 3.5 years and remains in prison.

According to court documents, officers Harris, Brown and Ryan kicked and hit Braswell numerous times and shocked him with a Taser without cause. The three and Antico then lied in their reports when they omitted facts about the beating, prosecutors charge. They say Antico also lied to FBI agents investigating the case.

For the full story visit : http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/4-Florida-police-officers-charged-in-2014-beating-after-high-speed-chase-427618623.html

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Off-duty Erie Police Officer intends to Plead Guilty in Fatal Car Accident






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An off-duty Erie Police Officer intends to plead guilty in a fatal car accident that happened in McKean Township in February. 46 year old, Cheryl Frey, plans to agree to plead guilty to Homicide by Vehicle while Driving Under the Influence and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance.

According to the plea agreement, the “Defendant shall waive her preliminary hearing. Commonwealth agrees to withdraw [the following charges:] Aggravated Assault by Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence, Homicide by Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance, Involuntary Manslaughter, Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, and Reckless Driving charges. Defendant agrees to plead guilty to Homicide by Vehicle while Driving Under the Influence and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance. If [the] defendant does not plead ‘guilty’ to both charges, then all withdrawn charges are re-instated.”

Assistant District Attorney, Jeremy Lightner, tells us, “We determined that an appropriate plea would be something that involved a mandatory minimum of three years that would also involve a DUI. So that’s why we were able to sign a plea agreement at this point in time and withdraw charges only in accordance with that plea agreement.”

Frey will plead guilty to killing 57 year old, Wade Shulze, in a car accident that happened on Old Route 99, south of McKean Township. Her attorney says that her plea will be scheduled this summer.

The accident took place in the early morning hours of February 18th. Pennsylvania State Police say Frey crossed the center line and hit Schulze’s car. A third vehicle then became involved in the accident after the initial crash. That car was driven by 34 year old, Danny Hamilton.

Investigators says Frey’s blood/alcohol concentration was .231. Hamilton was also charged in the accident with Driving Under the Influence.

Frey, being a Veteran Erie Police Officer, has had a hard time dealing with the incident. “This has been very difficult for Cheryl,” says her attorney, Andrew Sisinni, “but, she realizes that, as difficult as it’s been for her; it’s been very tragic and devastating for the Schulze’s family. She’s always been a stand-up Police Officer [and] stand-up citizen. She stood up here and she’s taking responsibility for her acts.”

For the full story visit : http://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/off-duty-officer-to-plead-guilty-of-homicide/735530676?platform=hootsuite

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