Baltimore Drops Nearly 300 Cases Due to Alleged Misconduct

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore prosecutors say nearly 300 cases have been dropped due to four allegations of police misconduct, including three body camera videos appearing to show officers planting evidence or re-enacting searches, and a federal indictment of eight officers on racketeering and fraud charges.

Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe said Wednesday that a total of 278 cases have so far been dismissed, including 109 in response to the indictment, and another 169 related to officers involved in the three videos.

The indictment accuses eight officers of a racketeering scheme that included illegally detaining and robbing Baltimore residents and fraudulently filing for overtime not worked. The body camera videos depict separate incidents.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said the department is working to address issues raised by all four cases.

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