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.
Asst US Atty Wise to jury about the @BaltimorePolice#GTTF : “It was the perfect storm of officers who took advantage to enrich themselves...#GTTF was not a rogue unit, it was made up of men who had already gone rogue.” @ABC2NEWS
Wise closed his opening by showing the jury Hersl and Taylor’s guns and badges. He said these could be used for good, but also for evil. Next up is opening for Hersl/Taylor defense. @ABC2NEWS Our first witness will be Detective Ward who already pleaded guilty.
Hersl and Taylor's defense presented their statements after the lunch break.
On the lunch break after defense attys for both Hersl and Taylor finished their opening statements. Both making the argument that while there may be theft...it was not robbery or extortion. Taylor’s atty asking jury to be mindful of incentives behind some witness testimony.
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.
A break in Ward’s testimony. We’ve learned #GTTF tactics like “Door Pops,” practice of jumping out on crowds 2 see who runs first, “Dope Boy Cars,” pulling over Honda’s and Acura’s w/no cause b/c they were pop w/dealers + “Sneak n Peak,” searching homes before getting a warrant
Ward indicating #GTTF would use their mission to seize guns to steal drugs and money. They would lie about being federal agents or not say they were police. Sometimes resell drugs...always split cash. #GTTFtrial