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17 Baltimore Police Officers Charged With Conspiring To Commit Extortion

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Baltimore Police officers arrested

Damn, Balitmore!

Seventeen Baltimore Police Department officers and two brothers who own a car repair shop have been charged with conspiring to commit extortion.

The two brothers paid police officers to arrange for their company to tow vehicles from accident scenes and make repairs, as opposed to a city-authorized company.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commented on the case by saying:

"The criminal complaint alleges that the officers were secretly working for a private auto repair business when they were supposed to be working for the police department and the citizens of Baltimore. Police officers cross a bright line when they take payments from private citizens in connection with their official duties."

Heck yes they do! C'mon cops! Use your heads.

Sounds like the Baltimore PD is pissed too, as Commissioner Fred Bealefeld said:

"I will not tolerate any criminal activity that undermines the integrity of the Baltimore Police Department and the many sacrifices our officers make each and every day and I thank our federal partners for their assistance in this investigation."

So how much did these cops-turned-criminals make?

Shop owners Hernan Alexis Moreno Mejia and Edwin Javier Mejia paid officers $300 for each vehicle they steered to the company, with some crooked cops making more than $14,400!

The defendents are facing MAJOR jail time too with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the extortion conspiracy.

It's a shame to hear about the law, which police officers lose their lives trying uphold, being broken by other brothers in blue.


[Image via AP Images.]

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11 comments to “17 Baltimore Police Officers Charged With Conspiring To Commit Extortion”

  1. 1

    although it's still bad…people have a choice who tows them. So, I don't think it's that bad they didn't rip people off.

  2. 2

    Makes you wonder what else is going on in the police departments throughout the country. Scary stuff.

  3. 3

    Chicago police have been doing this for YEARS. I used to manage a fleet of company vehicles and they'd end up at these tow yards and body shops that would charge crazy $$$ to get them out and to our preferred shops. We'd eventually find out that particular officers always seemed to direct vehicle involved in accidents to these places but there was nothing we could do. The system was way to big and entirely too corrupt. I'd be willing to bet this is happening in every major metropolitan city and MAYBE this little story will be enough to start investigation elsewhere in the country.

  4. 4

    sad. this is why you cant fucking trust our legal system.

  5. 5

    I watched The Wire. So?

  6. 6

    You do something similar. Perez. You are the new definition of a Payola recipient. You only promote the crap out of music when they pay you a ton of cash to do so. Gee, I wonder who's on the top of that list.

  7. 7

    bad cops deserve a death sentence they are the worst.
    kill them they are sopposed to protect us. if they go bad kill them that will keep honest cops honest

  8. 8

    I work in Baltimore & to be honest, I'm not surprised. I'm sure if they dig deeper they'll find more corruption. It's sad, but it's why I don't depend on the police to protect me, my family or my home.

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  10. 10

    Are McNulty and Bunk in on it???!!1

  11. 11

    This has been going on for YEARS all over the place!!!
    But of course, cops can do no harm….. right!