Sergeant in charge of Gun Trace Task Force expected to plead guilty

Posted at 6:58 AM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 06:58:39-05

A fifth former member of the Baltimore City Police Gun Trace Task Force is expected to plead guilty.

Sergeant Thomas Allers is set to be in federal court on Wednesday after he is accused of stealing up to $66,000 from residents and filing false reports to cover it up. Allers was the officer in charge of the task force from 2014 to 2016.

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Seven other members of the task force have been indicted on similar charges, including selling drugs seized by police. Another officer in Philadelphia, who used to work in Baltimore, has also been indicted in the case.

The city state's attorney's office says it has now dropped, or plans to drop, 125 criminal cases connected to the indicted officers. Dozens of additional cases are still being reviewed.

Prosecutors have also dropped, or plan to drop, more than 200 cases tied to the three police body camera videos that appear to show officers planting drugs or re-enacting searches.

In total, 846 cases have or will be impacted.