After jurors on Monday convicted two Baltimore police officers who conspired to rob citizens, many city leaders condemned their actions but saw the verdict as a springboard for reform.
Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, former members of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force, were found guilty of multiple federal charges, including racketeering conspiracy and racketeering. Many leaders said the verdict was not surprising given the blistering testimony over several weeks. But many also said the end of the trial could lead to a new era in the Police Department, bolster reform efforts and place new emphasis on community trust.
“The verdict rendered by jurors in this disturbing trial is clearly the right one, given the abundance of compelling and damning evidence,” said Mayor Catherine Pugh in a statement. “I want all of our citizens to know that I have likewise been appalled by the level of dishonesty and betrayal that these individuals, and others also implicated, perpetrated here in our community.”
Pugh sought to reassure residents of measures, such as the consent decree reached between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, which would usher in an era of reforms. She stressed her “commitment to changing the culture and practices” of the department.
In response to Monday’s verdict, Gov. Larry Hogan’s spokeswoman Amelia Chasse said “he believes corruption must be exposed and rooted out wherever it occurs.”
Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said the trial revealed some of the most “egregious and despicable acts” committed by law enforcement but also expressed his commitment to reforms.
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