First witness called in Baltimore Police corruption case

Opening statements began Tuesday in the corruption trials of Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor.

The prosecution wrapped up its opening statements just before noon.

RELATED: Opening statements expected in Gun Trace Task Force corruption trial

 

They spent about 45 minutes opening the case. Prosecutors said they would take the jury inside the Gun Trace Task Force and the Baltimore Police Department. They went on to say they'd show this unit made phony videos, served bogus search warrants and used cash they stole for dinner, drinks, and gambling. 

 

Hersl and Taylor's defense presented their statements after the lunch break.

The first witness for the prosecution was called, Detective Maurice Ward. Ward was one of the original officers indicted in this case but reversed his plea to guilty this past summer.

The detectives are accused of robbing and extorting residents, falsifying evidence, and overtime fraud.

Six other former members of the Gun Trace Task Force have pleaded guilty to similar charges, including selling drugs seized by police. Four of them may testify against Hersl and Taylor.

The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

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