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Baltimore drops more cases due to alleged police misconduct

Baltimore drops more cases due to alleged police misconduct

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore prosecutors say the number of criminal cases dropped due to allegations of police misconduct, including body camera videos appearing to show officers planting evidence and a federal indictment of eight officers on racketeering and fraud charges, has risen from September's announcement.

New figures from State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office says as of November 22, 2017, approximately 846 cases have been or will be impacted by the actions of all of these officers.

A total of 125 cases relying on indicted officers' testimony will be dropped. Prosecutors also said they have dropped or will drop more than 200 cases linked to officers involved in the body-camera incidents if more time isn't granted for additional investigation.

Baltimore Public Defender's Special Litigation Section head Debbie Katz Levi puts her office's own estimate at more than 2,000.

The Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City says they continue to employ significant resources to thoroughly assess questionable body-worn camera (BWC) incidents, as well as the 8 federally indicted officers of the former Baltimore Police Department Gun Trace Task Force. This assessment includes the evaluation of the materiality of cases related to the officers involved.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said, "We will continue to share the progress of this comprehensive review of the impacted cases with the community. Public trust is essential to the success of the criminal justice system and our ability to effectively prosecute crime. We will do our part to minimize any erosion to this trust and remain vigilant in our pursuit of justice."


Updated Numbers: All Numbers are approximate as of November 22, 2017

8 Federally Indicted Officers

~ Total number of cases impacted (active and adjudicated): 277*

~ Total number of viable cases for which the SAO will pursue prosecution: 4* (includes one appeal)

~ Total number of cases nol prossed or to be not prossed: 125*

~ Total number of cases modified/expunged

~ 2 modifications of PBJs

~ 1 Expungement Granted

~ Total number of cases with motion pending 26*

~ Total number of cases with motion denied: 13*

~ Total number of cases currently under review: 71

~ Total closed viable cases: 32

~ Note: 3 ABBD

BWC #1

~ Total number of cases impacted (active and adjudicated): 231*

~ Total number of current active cases: 27*

~ Total number of viable cases for which the SAO will pursue prosecution: 21*

~ Total number of viable cases involving in-custody defendants: 6*

~ Total number of active cases to be nol prossed or nol prossed: 111*

~ Total number of cases involving in-custody defendants to be nol prossed: 0*

~ Total number of active cases currently under review: 4*

~ Total number of closed cases to be reviewed: 0*

BWC #2

~ Total number of cases impacted (active and adjudicated): 237*

~ Total number of current active cases: 53*

~Total number of viable cases for which the SAO will pursue prosecution: 16*

~Total number of viable cases involving in-custody defendants: 9*

~ Total number of cases postponed for further investigation, nol prossed or to be nol prossed

where a postponement has been or will be requested and if not granted a nol pros will be

entered: 99*

~ Total number of cases involving in-custody defendants to be nol prossed, if continuance for

further investigation is not granted: 1*

~ Total number of active cases still being reviewed for viability: 26*

~ Total number of cases involving in-custody defendants still being reviewed review: 3*

~ Total number of closed cases to be reviewed: 28*

BWC #3

~ Total number of cases impacted (active and adjudicated): 101*

~ Total number of current active cases: 24* (Note: includes 1 active appeal)

~ Total number of active cases for which the SAO will pursue prosecution: 21*

~ Total number of viable cases involving in-custody defendants: 10*

~ Total number of active cases currently under review: 0*

~ Total number of cases nol prossed or to be nol prossed: 56

~ Total number of cases involving in-custody defendants to be nol prossed: 0*

~ Total number of active cases currently under review: 0

~ Total number of closed cases to be reviewed: 4

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