BALTIMORE (WJZ) – For the first time on Wednesday, Baltimore city leaders met with the production team year-end report into the disgraced gun trail task force. The report came out about two weeks ago and includes shocking details about one of the biggest corruption scandals in Baltimore.
That virtual hearing lasted about two and a half hours. They discussed the mistakes of the Baltimore Police Department and what changes need to be made in the future.
The 515-page report detailed a long history of corruption inside the Baltimore Police Department that allowed gun-trading task force crimes to happen.
The report includes more than 160 interviews and reviews of hundreds of thousands of documents. Every elected mayor from Martin O’Malley to Brandon Scott, and every BPD commissioner from Ed Norris to Michael Harrison was interviewed for the investigation.
“They’re not afraid of the consequences,” says Michael Bromwich of Steptoe & Johnson. “There is an accountability system within the department that is considered non-threatening.”
Bromwich is a former Justice Department Inspector General and led the investigation.
The report said that members of the department turned a blind eye to some of the illegal activities of the task force because the task force was suffering a large number of arrests.
“It was really shocking,” Bromwich said. The way they feel they’re not responsible for abusing the people of Baltimore, violating their constitutional rights, and they don’t seem really afraid until the end that they have to bear any consequences. ”
During the meeting, Bromwich discussed some of the recommendations that had been made to the police department.
Among its recommendations, the report said the Baltimore Police Department should recruit current and former officers to conduct background investigations on new hires, demonstrating “zero tolerance for fraudulent behavior.” fraud” against cadets at the academy, combining training in the department’s scandals of the past 20 years and deploying more “integrity stings.”
“I think the culture is changing, but it’s like turning an ocean liner,” said Bromwich. “It’s very slow and requires patience.”
Bromwich said there is a new training program being implemented in the department that encourages officers to intervene in misconduct.
He also believes that the use of body cameras will prevent corruption. These recommendations will put the department on the right track, he said.
“Give these recommendations that the BPD can look at and say we can do it,” he said. “It will be difficult, it may take some time, but we can do it.”
Bromwich says he doesn’t want the public to be discouraged by what’s in the report and that the reforms underway look promising. He stressed that these changes will take time to implement.
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