Police Commissioner: Indictments of '7 dirty cops' result of 'rock solid investigation'
Five of the six plead not-guilty, while the sixth did not plea. The seventh accused officer will be in court Friday afternoon.
According to Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, a sophisticated investigation into the criminal activity was initiated in 2015, shortly after he was named Commissioner.
"Anyone within my agency who is engaged in criminal misconduct, I’m going to hold them responsible,” Commissioner Davis said in an interview with FOX45 Morning News on Friday.
The indictments were announced on Wednesday and came at the end of an investigation conducted by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The BPD is one of two police departments in the state to dedicate full-time internal affairs detectives to work directly with the FBI.
“This was a very involved conspiracy investigation involving seven dirty cops,” Commissioner Davis said. “The police department and the city became better when they were taken into custody. If there’s any other officers engaged in this type of conduct, their arrest will happen under my watch as well."
The seven officers are accused of robbing victims, filing false affidavits, and making fraudulent overtime claims.
Davis stressed that the alleged actions do not represent the values of the department as a whole.
“These seven police officers are an anomaly," Davis said, describing them as "straight up 1930s-style gangsters."
Whether the cops knew about the investigation Davis said, “I think they suspected."
He added, “These are savvy criminals, I’m not even going to call them police officers because they were really impersonating police officers. They’re very savvy, they were very aware of their criminal misconduct so they were always looking over their shoulder.”
In the indictments, the officers are accused of stealing money, property and drugs from individuals during home searches and traffic stops.
It is also alleged that the officers wrote fake arrest reports and swore out false affidavits to obtain search warrants.
"It’s a rock solid investigation” Davis said Friday. “The men and women of the Baltimore Police Department that I’ve spoken to over the last 48 hours are happy and glad that they’ve been identified and are no longer a part of our organization."
The officers charged in the racketeering indictment were taken into custody without incident on Wednesday morning and identified as:
- Detective Momodu Bondeva Kenton Gondo, a/k/a GMoney and Mike, age 34, of Owings Mills (Hired 11/29/2005)
- Detective Evodio Calles Hendrix, age 32, of Randallstown (Hired 4/2/2009)
- Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl, age 47, of Joppa (Hired 9/7/1999)
- Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, age 36, of Middle River (Hired 2/20/2003)
- Detective Jemell Lamar Rayam, age 36, of Owings Mills (Hired 7/12/2005)
- Detective Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, age 30, of Glen Burnie (Hired 5/18/2009)
- Detective Maurice Kilpatrick Ward, age 36, of Middle River (Hired 10/8/2003)
Anyone who has additional information regarding these officers is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.