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Tonight, two Baltimore police officers were found guilty of robbery, racketeering & conspiracy in a major corruption case. #GTTFtrial
The #GTTF (Gun Trace Task Force) was a Baltimore PD unit charged with getting illegal guns off the streets. 8 officers on the force were indicted in the trial.
The convicted #GTTF officers abused their power to carry out robberies. Federal prosecutors say the men stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and drugs, and regularly violated the rights of citizens.…
The @AP reports that about 125 cases involving indicted officers in the #GTTFTrial have been dropped.
Baltimore’s mayor has seen significant backlash for one statement she made about the #GTTFTrial:
The Baltimore PD has faced federal scrutiny since the 2015 death of #FreddieGray, who was fatally injured in police custody. Ultimately, all federal charges against those officers were dropped.
A 2015 @TheJusticeDept report found “longstanding, systemic deficiencies” in the Baltimore PD, including frequent excessive force.…
Detectives Hersl and Taylor, the officers convicted in today's #GTTFTrial, face up to 60 years in prison, according to @baltimoresun.

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