BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Two of the former convicted officers from the disgraced Firearms Task Force have been released from federal prison. They were the first of eight people originally arrested in March 2017 to be released in the biggest corruption scandal in Baltimore police history.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, former detectives Evodio Hendrix and Maurice Ward were released on February 16. They have already served their seven-year sentences in less than five years.
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It is likely that both received credit for good behavior as well as for rehabilitation programs, said Professor David Jaros of the University of Baltimore Law School.
“In addition to not being breached and earning good credit, they did this additional recovery program and were able to shorten the time,” he said, noting the dangers of criminal behavior and abuse of public trust. “Everyone involved in this case committed a serious crime that has caused incredible damage to both those immediately involved and the ability for police to do their job in Baltimore.”
Hendrix and Ward admitted to robbing citizens on multiple occasions and doing wrong overtime. An incident that includes breaking into a home without a warrant stealing cash from the safe contain $200,000 and try to cover it up on video.
Detective Hendrix’s father told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren in 2018 that his son “made a mistake”.
“He just made a mistake.” This is the father of Baltimore Police Detective Evodio Hendrix. He talked to #WJZ after his son was sentenced to 7 years for robbery while on duty and stealing from city hours – almost twice his salary @wjz pic.twitter.com/raOMzKi4OC
– Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) June 8, 2018
Ward and Hendrix have cooperated extensively with federal prosecutors, who recommended in 2018 that they serve under the proposed guidelines. Their original sentence is half the maximum sentence.
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At sentencing, Ward said he was trying to move out of the GTTF before being arrested. But the lawyer leading an independent investigation into the corruption told Hellgren in January that he had difficulty getting any convicted officers to cooperate with his team and doubts whether they Do you want to apologize?
“This is an opportunity for them to help everyone, including their colleagues in the police department, the public, and the Baltimore community. Why did they do what they did? And they decided to pass it along, so you have to wonder if they really apologized in the end.” Investigator Michael Bromwich speak.
The report states: “We were unsuccessful in obtaining the cooperation of any member of the GTTF. Despite sincere apologies to the BPD and the community at the time of their convictions, these former GTTF members refused to support those apologies with meaningful contributions that could help the BPD and its members. Members draw lessons from their personal experiences. We were assisted by one of the prosecuted non-GTTF members, Victor Rivera, who was our complete partner and the source of considerable insight into individual corruption. multiply him and how it started. “
Superintendent of GTTF, former Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, received the harshest sentence of 25 years in prison.
“He was much more interested in having a film producer come and sit with us for the interview,” Bromwich said. “A guy who claims to be a representative of Jenkins – who is not an attorney and is essentially one of his old inmates – has been pulling this out for over a year. And so I don’t think Jenkins has ever been particularly sincere in conducting the interview according to our ground rules. “
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The report makes several recommendations to the BPD on training and transparency to prevent similar corruption in the future. “This is a deep problem that won’t go away easily and it will require a lot of constant and steady attention for us to make progress,” said Prof Jaros.
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