Baltimore City Council President Brandon M. Scott reacted Wednesday to the revelation from State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that there are more than 300 current or former police officers she won't call to testify, citing integrity issues.
On Tuesday, Mosby told a state commission looking into the Gun Trace Task Force that some of the officers on her blacklist face allegations while others have convictions. She said some of the convicted officers remain with the department. Police downplayed Mosby's comments.
Scott, who is a candidate in the 2020 mayoral race, touted his own whistleblowing as a young councilmember. He called for an investigation into police overtime fraud involving people later named in the federal investigation of the Gun Trace Task Force. Many of the officers convicted admitted to claiming unearned overtime.
"What we have to do is root those people out of the police department, punish any police officer that is committing crimes, committing fraud, so that we can uplift and protect the citizens of Baltimore and uplift and protect the men and women of the police department that work every day and do it the right way," Scott said.
He said he wasn't privy to the details underlying Mosby's list and that he intends to follow up with Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.
This year, Baltimore notched more than 300 homicides for the fifth consecutive year. Scott said accountability is key to bringing that number down.
"What we have been consistent about is trying to push the police department, hold them accountable, trying to push other agencies, hold them accountable," Scott said.
He stresses the need for police to crack down on repeat violent offenders and illegally possessed guns. He said he stands ready to help police lobby for changes to state laws governing the department, and help transfer administrative functions to city government to move more officers from desk duty to city streets.
"For me, these aren't numbers," Scott said. "These are people. These are communities that are traumatized."