We Own This City (2022) s01e06 Episode Script

Part Six

Wayne I know what I'm doing.
This proffer session is for purposes of learning what you, Sergeant Jenkins, can offer to the government as cooperation in the event you are offered a plea agreement.
Nothing said today will be entered into the legal record.
It is instead an opportunity for you to let us know the value and extent of your cooperation should we decide to accept your plea, and recommend an agreed-upon sentence to the judge.
You understand? - I do.
- Well then, let's proceed.
Well, first off, I'm innocent.
Sergeant Jenkins, there is an old and wise saying in the federal courts that defendants in criminal cases, when facing a preponderance of evidence, are well-advised to cooperate early and often.
The first ones to cooperate get the best deals, last ones to cooperate get the worst end of the stick.
And you are not early here.
I am not gonna sit in front of you and tell you that I haven't been around some bad things.
I have.
But I can also tell you, that these things that you think that I've done, these things that you've heard about me, they are false.
Completely false.
Now, is there misconduct in this department? Of course, there's misconduct, but I'm not the one you want.
Sergeant, our investigation is lengthy and detailed and the charges against you are corroborated by electronic intercepts, as well as a multitude of witnesses.
Multitude? Okay, so a multitude of witnesses lied.
How about that? Can I ask you a question? I am one of the most talked about, most celebrated officers, history of this city.
Do you not find it odd? And now, all of a sudden, I am the mastermind of this whole thing? That doesn't strike you as weird? They're all lying? That's what I said.
- In the Burley case alone - Oh, come on.
The Burley case, I'm completely innocent on that.
I didn't plant those drugs on Umar Burley.
That wasn't me.
- Sergeant Jenkins - No, no, no, no.
Hang on.
I know who did that.
I know who did it.
And maybe you're right.
You know something, maybe the fact that I knew that information, I didn't report it at the time.
Maybe I was wrong there, so you got me.
I'm guilty.
Hey, you win.
But bottom line is, I did not plant those drugs on Umar Burley.
I didn't do it, wasn't me.
For the sake of argument, you wanna tell us who did? I do not feel like telling you that right now.
But I do know for a fact that it was not Wayne Jenkins who planted those drugs.
That's what matters here.
This proffer is concluded.
What does that mean it's concluded? Wait, that's it, you guys just gonna walk away? Ma'am, you don't have any questions for me? TRAYVON MARTIN - FREDDIE GRAY - MIKE BROWN I AM HERE BECAUSE ITS HOME BALTIMORE POLICE 2.
7 KILO'S, $100,000.
- Backup.
- Backup.
DOUBLE D BAIL BONDS EVERYONE LOVES DOUBLE D'S Baltimore is a poster child for the basic failure to stop lawlessness.
No justice, no peace! I've heard your calls for no justice, no peace.
No justice, no peace! POLICE DEPARTMENT - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND INDIVIDUAL OVERTIME REPOR MONDAY Where there's smoke, there's fire.
These officers, they're 1930-style gangsters.
WE OWN THIS CITY So, Wayne Jenkins actually thinks his fellow officers are going to hold the line When in reality, they're all in a race to try to testify against each other.
Funny how he made a point of telling us he didn't plant the drugs in the Burley case, of all things.
Who would he put it on? The others who were there and wrote on it? Ryan Guinn and Sean Suiter.
Well, it's not likely to be Guinn.
He went out of his way to speak up about all of this years ago.
Sean Suiter? You know me from headquarters, Sean, but I've been detailed here to work with the FBI in public corruption cases.
And Erika here is my supervisor.
The fact is we've been working this stuff involving the city plainclothes unit, and I know you've seen a lot of people you work with get arrested.
The thing we want you to know, right off, is that you're not necessarily a target.
Not necessarily? Well, right now, we're looking at others and we need help with that.
I work murders.
I don't know what you think I could help you with.
This is from years ago.
From the time you were working VCID.
Do you remember a car chase involving a suspect named Burley? There was a crash, and a motorist was killed.
Hands! Out of the car! J, it's on the floor.
Right under the seat.
- This was two thousand - I remember.
Drugs were discovered in Burley's vehicle subsequent to the crash.
Your name is on the evidence submission paperwork.
So, what are you saying? One of the witnesses claims that you were the one who planted the drugs on Burley.
We don't necessarily believe this other witness.
Now this can go two ways, Sean.
Either you know what happened and how those drugs got into a car that was already searched by officers, in which case you're a witness Or you become a suspect.
At this point, it's our assumption that you are a witness.
Am I going to lose my job over this? End with the phrase, "Real police work.
" Real police work SIX MONTHS EARLIER Then pick up with the last paragraph.
- Got it.
- Read that part back to me.
"A consent decree is not a magic pill.
" "It is, however, a court-ordered and enforced mandate that will compel us to make necessary improvements to processes that have long been neglected.
" "At times, it will introduce changes to our organization that may cause anxiety.
" "Police after all do not adjust well to change.
" "We must not confuse time-honored traditions and the growth necessary to improve as an organization.
" "We must honor our traditions, but not cling to them.
" "We must embrace changes that make us better crime fighters and community ambassadors.
" Community ambassadors? Gimme a break.
"And not dismiss them as contrary to the notion of real police work.
" Good, good.
So, that's on the front page from me.
But inside, make sure we run the item on Jenkins and the Gun Trace Task Force.
Make sure that's in the newsletter, too.
If I'm gonna sell the consent decree and change, on the one hand, I've got to acknowledge the people who are putting guns and drugs on the table now, who are doing the job now.
I don't need those guys slowing down or doubting themselves.
I need them out on the streets.
- Stop running! - Got him! Come here! - Don't fucking move.
- He got a gun.
- Fuck.
- Hands on the hood.
- Hands on the fucking hood.
- Get your fucking hands on the hood.
What you running for, man? You got that gun? - Saw his gun here somewhere.
- It's in that garbage right there, right under the that jacked up Malibu - in that garbage there.
- There ain't no - Yeah, buddy.
- Hey, man, we know it's yours.
- Ain't no use in lying.
- Yes, sir.
Yeah, we eatin' tonight.
We eatin'.
- Good shit, youngster.
- Have a seat, on the curb.
Oh, yeah.
I carry that for protection, man, that's it.
Sir, sir, sir.
Is your life in danger? I'm serious.
If your life is in danger, just tell me how.
Tell me how I'm happy to look into it, if someone's trying to hurt you, kill you, I'll find I'll find out who they are.
All right, tell me, I'll get another gun off the street.
What's going on, sir? How is your life in danger? A 73-45, can we get a wagon Man, everyone life in danger, man.
It's Baltimore.
You know what? That's a good fucking answer, I like that.
I you know what, I like you, man.
I like you.
Yo, can I tell someone I'm being locked up, man? Maybe get this bail going? Yeah, man, you're good.
Where's your phone at? Front right.
Running from y'all.
Shit, man.
Hit four on my speed dial.
Yeah, say what you wanna say.
Hang on, let me get this on.
All right, you're good, you're on.
- Hey, what's up? - Yo, they found a joint in the alley.
- And put that bitch on me, yo - Hey, come on.
What the fuck are you Why the fuck would you do that? Honestly, man, why would you do that? You know, have we been cruddy with you? We ain't cruddy police.
Why would you do that? We all just saw you throw that gun with your own right hand.
We all just saw it.
We don't get down like that.
Ain't the kind of police work we do.
Can I explain something to you? If somebody puts a gun on somebody and that gun ain't theirs, then that cop, he gets rolled on, he gets charged.
What you just said on that telephone, that was very disrespectful.
These men right here, these men, my detectives, we do things by the book.
Your ride's here, buddy.
Get your fat ass up.
- Bro, help me with this.
- Fuck, man.
Fuck, man.
Shit, man.
Fucking sick of this bullshit.
Calling my ass dirty.
Step up, watch your head.
Wayne, listen to me.
The answer is no.
All right? Fuck, fucking no.
- Wayne - What? - Everyone is talking - Not every Not everyone.
Don't say that.
My guys ain't fucking talking.
So don't say that.
What are you saying? You know something, fuck everyone.
All right, well then I am going on the stand and I'm gonna tell my story and my story is gonna hold.
How about that? I'm not a dirty cop.
So, Jenkins is still trying to hold you guys to staying silent, huh? He says that video he taped of us opening the safe is enough to knock your case down He was saying that if we all just clam up then you feds can't prove nothing otherwise.
Sergeant has lost it, man.
I've been trying to get away from Wayne Jenkins for a while now.
I mean, at first it was just about the money, taking the money.
- We did that.
- We took money all the time.
That shit happens all over the fucking department.
Drugs? No.
No, no, no.
No, that's different.
The drugs was like a pain in the ass.
A lot of times we would just get up on the Jones Falls and toss the dope and coke out on the expressway.
Just Just be done with it.
It's easier than driving down to headquarters to stand in line and fill out paperwork at ECU.
Not Sergeant Jenkins, though.
Not Sergeant Jenkins.
Not Wayne, though.
Not Wayne Jenkins.
Oh, shit.
One time, this motherfucker This man asked me if I had any relatives that would sell drugs if we got the hands on them.
I understand we are in the streets doing this shit.
But my man, like, that's my fucking family.
What type of cold motherfucker gonna do that? I heard him on the phone once talking to somebody and it was like anything you hear on the street.
Just another drug transaction.
Wayne went there, man.
He was that dude.
One time, I come in the office.
The Sergeant was in there, heat-sealing a bag of vials.
I'm talking, this man was re-sealing cocaine.
Why else would you be doing that? Was he selling the stuff back to dealers? To Shropshire? No, I I doubt that.
- I'd have heard it from Brill.
- There was this one guy though He was always showing up places, always partying with Jenkins.
I mean, this dude could literally get keys cut in any car, or a GPS tracker.
Stuff to bounty hunt, you know Friend of Wayne's from out in the county.
Some shady ass white dude.
Bail bondsman.
Donald something.
Police, search warrant.
Get your hands in the air and step toward me.
Hands in the air right now.
Let's go, move.
Look, I didn't order him in any way.
He was completely free to refuse.
And, Sergeant Jenkins, your claim is that in undertaking this car stop involving Mr.
Stevenson here, you only wanted to speak with him.
Correct? Yes, sir.
So, what did you do when you approached the vehicle, Sergeant? We followed the rules of probable cause, that's what we did.
And we do that because we want our case to hold up in court.
See, I've I've learned from my past mistakes, Your Honor.
Now, look.
We knew initially we had no cause to detain the suspect.
We had no cause to ask him to exit his vehicle.
So, we we, you know, we talked to him.
Purely on a voluntary basis.
So, where were the other three officers? They were they were positioned on all sides of the vehicle.
You surrounded the vehicle? Yes, sir.
Look, it's a car stop.
You know, it's They can go bad.
If they go bad, they go bad quick, so we need to maintain tactical advantage at all times purely as a precaution.
It's just Yeah, that's what we do.
May I approach, Your Honor? Please.
- Did you hear what he said? - I did, indeed, Mr.
Officers surrounding a car.
That's pretty compelling.
In fact, I don't see what I can do here other than consider detention without cause.
Thank you, Your Honor.
- All right.
Hey, man, good luck.
- Thank you.
I'll catch you later.
Ivan Bates, Ivan Bates.
Beat me again, huh? Well, you know, you lost when you said your guys surrounded the car.
- That amounts to an unlawful detention.
- Shit.
What about the kilos I seized, huh? That doesn't bother you? - No, man.
Fruits of a poisonous tree.
- Know something, man? Easy come, easy go.
Fuck it.
Wait, look, Wayne, look.
Hold on a second.
I don't know what you're doing out there, okay? - But everybody tells me the same thing.
- What? You rob, you steal, and you're taking everybody's money.
Who told you that? What, your client told you that? Look.
He told me you didn't turn in all those drugs, okay? - Come on, man.
- Look, never mind the cash.
But he's not the only one.
- They're lying.
- Wayne.
Come on, man.
This was a multi-kilo seizure.
And my guy had priors.
Stevenson's a big dog.
You ever wonder why this case didn't go federal? Yeah, think about it.
The US Attorney's Office doesn't want to touch you anymore.
They want nothing to do with you.
Why would that be? Well, there's not a lot I disagree with here, but then you knew that.
What's the mayor saying privately? Supporting it is one thing.
Paying for it is another.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Rec centers.
The city pension fund is always bankrupt.
It's it's a poor city.
How about we take half the money the cops burn up in overtime and court pay and and turn that back into anti-crime and community-based programming? - Hey, hey, hey.
I'm on your side, okay? - I know, I just I'm just saying that political will always falters, at the point where real money gets used to solve real problems.
Better get ready for that.
Let me ask you another question, and please, don't take this the wrong way, but what doesn't this consent decree say? What do you mean? Well, I mean this is an immense document showing what the police do that is wrong procedurally and unconstitutional.
It cites chapter and verse patterns and practices that violate civil rights at best and brutalize citizens at worst.
And it represents a lot of hard work on the part of you and your team.
- So, credit where credit is due.
- But What is it that you can't say that you need to say? What is the Justice Department unwilling to admit? What are the police trying to do? Arrest everybody.
We spoke about this.
I I heard you.
But why? What's the mission? - The drug war.
- Exactly.
And in a war, you need warriors.
In a war, you have enemies.
In a war, civilians get hurt and nobody does anything.
In a war, you count the bodies and then you call them victories.
Is the Justice Department, or even the Office of Civil Rights, ready to declare that we long ago lost this war? That we have achieved nothing but full prisons, and routine brutality, and a complete collapse of trust between police departments and their cities? I fought this war, Nicole.
I was even good at it and honest when I did it.
But it was lost when I got there, and I did nothing but lose in my time, and the guys who are out there right now on the street, they all know it's lost.
Are you people ready to say that out loud? Is anybody? They warned me about this.
Warned you about what, Miss Mayor? The money.
This is millions more.
And we're already bleeding out from all the departmental overtime.
Where does it end? Well, you read the same consent decree that I did.
What they're asking for isn't going to be possible without additional budgeting.
The cost of upgrading the video technology alone is John's run the numbers.
I was conservative.
But looking only at what we've agreed to here If you look at the overall fiscal budget, this can only come from schools, rec centers, and after-school programs Those are my babies.
It can't come from my babies.
Cut off the overtime pay.
We're four hundred positions down right now and only one academy class in the pipeline.
You cut overtime, patrol cars go empty.
Then find somewhere else to cut.
Your Honor, we're going to hit 340 murders again this year.
Crime is up in every category, and I have officers who won't go out on the street to police because of the Freddie Gray case.
That is the reality I'm dealing with here.
It's hard to listen to the police commissioner plead poverty when we just paid out a six and a half million-dollar settlement to the Gray family.
How many new body cameras would that money have paid for? Look, Mosby's decision to go beyond the manslaughter case and charge counts relating to Gray's arrest has left me with dozens of officers resigning and others unwilling to get out of their cars for fear they'll be charged criminally if they even make an honest Fourth Amendment mistake.
Now, you're telling me to cut pay from the guys who are working.
Your job is to keep crime down with the resources that are available.
And with the money we're spending, and the crime rate out of control in Baltimore, it will no longer be available.
No money from my babies.
Find cuts.
So, this is what the city agrees to? In full.
You don't seem impressed.
What happens if they don't do these things? I mean, what really happens? A federal judge monitors compliance.
If they fail to make the promised goals, or the reforms don't happen, he can hold the whole city in contempt.
And then what? There can be fines and the court can issue additional orders and demand that the reforms proceed.
And then what happens? You're asking me what happens if the police don't want to change.
No, I'm saying that we are the people the police department hunts and kills and captures.
And you are bringing me a piece of paper that says there's gonna be new rules on how they can hunt us? They're giving you spit and chewing gum and telling you to keep the whole machine running with it.
It doesn't matter.
Sir? Watch.
I'll be fired before the Gun Trace scandal goes to trial.
They're just keeping me around just long enough to put that stink on me.
After the last bad headline, I'm gone.
Hey, yo! Copper! You better open up real quick! Anyone can put a juror to sleep with a closing argument.
- Tell me about it.
- When the judge starts nodding off on you? Anyway, yeah.
So we'll continue those motion hearings next week sometime.
- Take a look at the calendar.
- Sounds good.
Hey, Ivan.
Can I talk to you for a sec? Hey, I'll catch you downstairs in a minute.
Appreciate you, man.
- Wayne.
- Yeah.
You know, Ivan, I I respect you, man.
I just want to let you know that I'm done.
Yeah, I'm I'm never gonna make another arrest again.
Not until - Wait, what? - Yeah.
I just Fuck this place, man.
And fuck all the shit that, you know, people are saying about me.
I don't care about all that, man.
Just, I I got these fucking bosses, you know, they they don't appreciate, they don't appreciate a fucking thing.
You know, I I get 'em all these guns.
I'm taking all these risks and now I just I don't know, man.
I'm just I'm done.
I'm gonna go on inside, be a lieutenant.
Yeah, I just You know, man, I want to let you know.
Fuck it.
I'm done.
See you around.
I've done what I can to feel out the US Attorney on this, and look, they're saying you're not a target here, you're a witness.
But what does that mean? Well, it means they don't think you planted drugs in Burley's car.
They think Jenkins is their man.
So why grand jury me? Well, you were at the scene.
Even if your testimony only sets the scene and eliminates you as a suspect, that's helpful to their case.
But here's the thing, Sean, I've seen proffer sessions and grand jury testimony where things go sideways because guys didn't anticipate the things they might be asked about Like what? Let's not be naive.
If you heard that Wayne stole money or other guys took money, you're gonna have to tell them.
If they ask you, you can't hold back.
Serious fucking police work.
Say about four Gs in drug money.
You know something? I'm gonna call it in like that, dawg.
Stepp, we're from the FBI Public Corruption Squad.
You don't seem surprised.
Would you be? How do you know Wayne Jenkins, a Baltimore police sergeant? Well, he's a friend of mine.
We hang out.
But that's not what you're here to talk to me about.
He gave me the drugs I sold.
How how much drugs did Jenkins give you? More than I could sell.
I mean, it was a million dollars worth to us.
Pure profit.
But listen, I'm here to tell you whatever you wanna know.
Just ask me, I'll cooperate.
Although, you did miss the cocaine.
We did? Well, where was it? Well, it is under the baseboard radiator in the laundry room.
Three kilos.
Appreciate that.
No problem.
Do you realize what you're asking? Until there is a change in national drug policy, I mean a complete overhaul, do you see how impossible it would be for us to issue a report? - But without that, we - We do what we can, Nicole.
We address what we can.
We change what we can.
But even the Office of Civil Rights, as high-minded as we think ourselves to be, is still a part of the Justice Department.
And at this point, federal drug laws are what they are.
But then everything in the Baltimore report is about a symptom.
You don't think we've had these same conversations? All the way to the top? Beginning with the second term, Holder told all the US Attorneys to reduce the federal intake of drug defendants.
And we did that.
So, instead of fixing the laws, we just quietly work around them until we can't? Now, we're out, Trump is in, and Jeff Sessions wants to arrest everyone he can for fucking marijuana possession.
I I'll never make it four years.
I I made sure you were protected.
You're not a political appointee, you're in a civil service posting.
I mean I can't bear to sit on my ass for four years, maybe eight, while this entire office is shut down by these assholes Tell me I'm wrong.
Tell me the entire Civil Rights Division isn't dead in the water under this new administration.
If I give you eleven hundred, nigga, you supposed to give me my eleven hundred.
I don't give a fuck where Antonio Shropshire.
Who y'all? Baltimore County narcotics.
But it's a federal warrant.
Federal, huh? Yeah, we've been up on you for like a year and a half, so It's a real pleasure to finally meet you in person.
Can't say the same.
What's the warrant for? - Conspiracy to distribute.
- What do we have here? - Oh, look at that.
- See, that's just bad luck right there.
Had it in my pocket because somebody complained - and handed it back to me.
- That's very sloppy, Brill.
Bless your heart.
You wanna call your fiancée - and let her know what's gone down? - Yeah.
Her number, 4-4 No, no, I got it.
Y'all got me on tap, huh? Hey, boo.
Why the hell you wake me up? Y'all motherfuckers cruddy, yo.
Y'all know I got popped by the city last week, right? Yup.
Gladstone's squad.
But we've got a superseding indictment.
Y'all working hard here, but if I were y'all, I'd get rid of the shit you just took off me.
Use an informant or some shit like that to put it on the street.
Get something nice for your wives.
Gladstone took it.
I shit you not.
So, looking at Sergeant Keith Gladstone, we not only have the fact that Shropshire told county police that Gladstone took and resold seized narcotics, but the fact that he extensively worked with Jenkins.
Kind of an early mentor.
And if we look back far enough, we come across this.
Keep in mind that in searches of unmarked units after our arrests of Hendrix and Rayam, we also found several BB pistols.
BB guns? Hendrix told us they carried them routinely in case of a bad shoot with an unarmed suspect.
So, we go backwards looking for cases involving injuries to the suspect, recovered BB pistols, and, sure enough, we find a weapons case with a pursuit and serious injury to the suspect, one Demetric Simon.
Jenkins and another officer are giving chase until Jenkins actually runs the kid over in his unmarked car, claiming that the suspect pointed a gun at him.
A BB gun is later recovered from under a parked car nearby and lucky for us, one officer who was there when the gun was found is none other than Ryan Guinn.
Refresh my memory.
Guinn is the plainclothesman who was an early informant on this case and who we know to be clean.
But Guinn now tells us that none other than Keith Gladstone showed up at this scene unannounced and said openly to Wayne Jenkins, "It's over by the truck.
" Is Gladstone still on the street? He retired quite suddenly.
A few weeks after we started locking up other plainclothesmen.
I'm done, LT.
I'm done.
Done with Gun Trace, dealing with all this bullshit.
Now, look.
There's this opening in warrant apprehension.
I want it.
- Warrant apprehension? - That's right.
Wayne, are you kidding? Is this is this a joke? I put my ass on the line.
I I get all these fucking guns for command and then they go on and they I Fuck it.
I'm just, I'm I'm I'm done.
No one is gonna be happy about this.
Not the colonel, not the Deputy Ops.
Wayne, you went on leave two months ago, the whole task force went to sleep.
The bosses noticed.
They want you back working.
You know what they're saying about me down at the courthouse? They talk all this shit.
And you know, I put my head down.
- I keep on working.
You know me - Wayne.
Who are you talking about? I'm talking about the fucking judges that throw out my cases, I'm talking about fucking bitch ass defense attorneys that say I'm lying.
Wayne! What else is a defense attorney gonna say? What's the fucking point anyway? Look at what's going on.
I mean, yeah, their bosses that go along with this consent decree soft ass, fucking baby-boy bullshit.
I mean, how am I supposed to police - like this anyway? - Right.
Oh, come on, don't do that.
Don't fucking do that.
Get the fuck out of here.
What? "It should go without saying that this is an extremely challenging time for law enforcement nationally.
" "Officers are questioning themselves and their role in society, and the changing law enforcement landscape.
" "Against this backdrop, I am extremely proud to showcase the work of Sergeant Wayne Jenkins and the Gun Trace Task Force.
" "This team of dedicated detectives has a work ethic that is beyond reproach.
" What you doing? Why you reading that shit? - It's in the goddamn newsletter.
- Right.
Wayne, you can put in for the transfer, but I'm telling you right now, there is no way we dump you in the warrants squad when your unit is delivering the way that it is.
- It's not gonna happen.
- Okay.
I'm telling you right now, man, I cannot be the one who loses his job over this shit.
I just can't fucking do it, man.
So now you worried? It's not that I'm worried.
What you motherfuckers don't understand is I'm sick and tired of being the one always taking the lead on all of this.
I can't be putting my name on all this shit.
I just I can't do it.
- I hear you, Jenks.
- Look, I need to just I need to lay back some, all right? You won't believe the shit that I'm hearing people say, man.
- Down at headquarters, courthouse.
- Like what? Motherfucker's saying I'm cruddy.
Like I'm a dirty cop.
- Ain't you that? - Don't say that.
Why How could you fucking say that shit? I'm talking about being like, fucking dirty, for real, like I'm a bad person.
That's my name, motherfucker.
I can't have my name out there like that.
- Oh, yeah.
- Yeah, dawg.
- Oh, my goodness.
- Beautiful.
- I see you.
- Look at this.
- Damn.
- Sweetheart, we're good.
- Go on, girl.
We're good.
- Do not listen to that man.
- Thank you, sugar.
- Now you happy, go get me a fucking wine cooler.
The bar's that way.
Hey, man.
I told you weeks ago about a federal investigation.
You thought I was shittin' you, Wayne? I mean, there ain't no federal investigation.
There's always a rumor of a federal investigation.
That shit never happens, it's Baltimore.
It'd take years to fucking go down.
Look, if they're looking at cops, they're gonna get cops to talk.
We are some snitchin' motherfuckers.
- Bet.
- Don't say that.
Nobody's snitching on nobody.
It's not gonna happen.
Hey, look, look.
Here's the bottom line, all right? Stevenson beat us in court, so we need to hit his ass again, right away.
Now, we can do this shit, but I'm telling you right now, I need to lay back some.
I do not want my name on any of the paperwork.
It's gotta be you two.
- How big? - Big.
Two hundred Gs.
- Yeah.
- Two hundred Gs? At least two hundred Gs.
We can do this, yo.
We can fucking do this, but it's just gotta be us, all right? Rest of the squad, they cannot know about this.
We keep this tight.
We keep it close.
It's just us.
I want your word on that.
- Just us? - That's right.
You mind if I drink this beer and stare at some pussy? Or is this night all about business? - I'm trying, but my man is bugging.
- Right.
Relax, nigga.
Lighten up! Stare at whatever the fuck you wanna stare at.
Somebody get this man a beer.
I got a fucking invisibility cloak on me.
Hey, Brandi, can I get a fucking wine cooler? Bondsman arrested in police corruption probe of city unit, said to be cooperating When's my next chance at a phone? Can I get a chance at a phone? You want me to get a hold of what now? The statement of probable cause for the search of that car.
Why do we need that, man? Look, I know Jenkins probably wrote it, but we should at least know what was in there since you searched the car, right? We should look at it before you go into grand jury.
Just pull the probable cause before you go down to the courthouse tomorrow.
- Okay.
- It's due diligence, that's all.
- I'm sure it's gonna go okay.
- Yeah.
- I'll see you tomorrow.
- All right.
Hey, Sean.
You ready? - You wanna hit another stretch? - Nah.
The best information we have is that she works the area around Bennett, - near the expressway.
- Yeah.
Maybe today you get lucky.
You know, it's always tough to go back on a case a year later.
Givens, Antonio.
Possession with intent, possession and loitering.
Your Honor.
Is a lawyer for Mr.
Givens here? In the hallway, I believe, Your Honor.
Consulting on another case.
Hold on Givens.
Dupont, Jerrod.
Okay, I gotta ask, what're we doing here in a District Court? - Aaron Soler representing Mr.
Dupont - Look around.
This is an FTA.
What is the original charge? - Look at it.
- Possession of cocaine and possession of a handgun, Your Honor.
And this is a second FTA? Bail is revoked.
- Judge, my client - Save it, Mr.
You get one bite of the FTA apple.
We've built this machine where half the damn country, the part with money and power, chew up the other half - that didn't have anything to begin with.
- Next.
- Vinson, Deshaun.
- Watch it work.
If this is what we want - Possession with intent.
Resisting arrest.
- then the Freddie Grays - Mr.
Vinson, you are charged with - the Eric Garners the Michael Browns are what we get.
- How do you plead? - Not guilty.
And every page of whatever court order we write Based on the amount seized, I'm going to deny bail at this time.
- it won't fix it.
- Is that the last of the lockup? Yes, Your Honor.
Thought you said you didn't make it your everything.
Bulock, Keandra.
Possession of a concealed weapon.
Possession with intent.
Assaulting a police officer.
So, you even gonna know where to see her? I got a general description.
Name of Mary? Yeah.
No last name.
No street name.
Just Just a street whore named Mary who knows something about the case.
It ain't much, but it's worth a shake or two, right? - Hey.
- Hey, Sean.
I can't talk right now.
Take a left on Schroeder.
What the fuck was that? What, you saw something? Where? Down the alley? You sure you saw something? A dude wearing leather, squatting down.
Said you saw a jacket with a white stripe, right? Yeah.
Sean, man, I think we might have seen that pile of trash right there.
Mistaken it for a guy all hunched over.
Well, he's gone now.
Or he's gone to ground.
Let's roll back around and see who's here.
ENLawyers - We need to talk.
You have USAO meeting tomorrow 11am.
Grand Jury tomorrow 1pm.
Let's swing back in 20.
In the meantime, let me show you something.
This was my old post, right here.
ENLawyers Call me back right away.
Nothing like your first post, right? Let's try out the alley one last time.
Why resign? Why go that far? If all you need is a vacation Trump's gonna give us that.
Relax, Nic.
This is about more than that.
Wait a minute.
So, my orientation ends with my advisor telling me we're not doing anything that matters? That's what you're saying? I didn't say that.
Then what are you saying? I'm saying It's your turn, motherfucker.
Fuck it, Sean, it's 4:30 now.
It's quitting time, ain't it? - You sure you saw something? - There was movement, yeah.
I saw a guy ducking out of the alley when we pulled up.
Tell you what, you go up and around the corner in case he makes his way out onto Schroeder.
- All right.
- I'll see if he pops out here.
You got it.
Stop! Police, stop! Sean! Sean! Sean! This is 70-4-20 Unit calling Signal 13 at Bennett and Schroeder.
Shots fired.
Officer down.
My partner is hit.
You kinda mentored Wayne Jenkins - when he first got to plainclothes, right? - Yeah.
We worked together.
I helped break him in.
But truth is, I wasn't all that close with Wayne.
So, why would you throw away your whole career to plant that BB gun for him? I'm talking about the Antanna Avenue incident? I didn't come from the greatest home.
When I was coming up, I had brothers.
We were very close and that's how we got through it.
I got out, joined the military, camaraderie again.
Got into the police department, camaraderie.
It's just You know, John you go into these situations and there is always this person right behind you.
So, he called me.
Asked me for help.
I did it.
And I threw away everything to do it because I thought he'd do it for me.
So, you thought of him as a brother? Well I consider pretty much most police I ever work with as a brother.
Out the back! - Where the fuck is the ambulance? - He can't wait.
He's bleeding out.
Fuck the ambo.
Get him in the back of a car and drive him to shock trauma.
This can't wait.
- Get his head.
- Get his shoulders.
- Grab his feet.
- Everybody go! - Move, move! - Go, go, go, go, go.
Anyone in the scene, hold.
- Description.
Height, weight - Go, go, go! I didn't see anyone.
- The shooter - I got here so fast, man.
I could see the gun smoke above him where he was laying.
I didn't see anybody.
- But you heard the shots.
- Yeah, I heard three, maybe four shots.
One of them might have been an echo.
He shouted, "Stop, police.
" Then the shots.
His leg was still moving when I got here, man.
I was just coming from the corner.
I was here him within three or four seconds.
Where was the gun? Under his right shoulder.
Radio too.
When when backup got here and we rolled him, he was still holding his radio in his left hand.
He's fighting a suspect for a gun in his right hand, but doesn't drop the fucking radio in his left hand? Or he hit the guy with it? Hines.
Yeah, he's here with me.
Wise here.
Just now? Thank you.
Sean Suiter's been shot.
He's in shock trauma.
It doesn't look good.
Head wound.
We were gonna grand jury him tomorrow.
He's supposed to report at 11:00.
No reason to assassinate him.
Half these guys are pleading, and the ones who aren't, are cooked by the ones who are.
Suiter's testimony was in no way critical.
He was told he wasn't a target.
Rayam was gonna name him as taking money back in VCID.
Yeah, but is that enough for him to Yeah.
For a cop, yeah.
An independent review of the death of Sean Suiter concluded that the detective took his own life, intentionally staging the event as a death in the line of duty.
Others are unconvinced and homicide remains the official cause of death.
And also, the right to be free from incarceration due to a law enforcement officer's willful failure to disclose exculpatory evidence to a prosecutor.
How do you wish to plead to counts one through six of the superseding indictment? Guilty, ma'am.
Do you agree, sir, that the statement of facts is correct? I do, Your Honor, except there is Your Honor, we are agreeing to the statement of facts with the exception of one correction.
In the matter of the Burley arrest, he is not acknowledging he planted the drugs, although he is acknowledging he wrote a false report with respect to another officer planting those drugs.
Noted for the record, Mr.
We can acknowledge We just watched him put that sin on Ryan Guinn and Sean Suiter.
Well, we know it's not Guinn.
And Suiter's not here to defend himself at this point.
Any questions at all, sir, for me or your lawyer about your guilty pleas or the terms of your plea agreement? No, ma'am.
Just I've I've made a lot of mistakes here, Your Honor.
In my life, I make a mistake, I own it.
I say, "I'm sorry.
" That's that's not gonna cut it today.
I want you to know that, you know, I feel very bad for the things that I've done.
And that I've lost my chance to be a father.
To raise my boys.
I'm ashamed of myself, Your Honor.
That's it.
Furthermore, Your Honor, I would just like to say that in the nearly 25 years that I've known Wayne - Why would he take that plea? - I can, without uncertainty, say I thought he wanted his day in court? - will learn from his mistakes.
- Ask me, it was Stepp, the bail bondsman.
Once he started talking - He will use this experience to do better.
- Well.
That means Wayne Jenkins - isn't just a thief.
- Thank you for your time, Your Honor.
- He's a drug dealer.
- Worse, they partied together.
Stepp puts him with strippers and hookers.
This way, he stays a family man.
All rise! I love you.
Declining to cooperate in any way that investigators could credit, Wayne Jenkins is serving 25 years in federal prison.
This is a dysfunctional police department.
I am telling you as a person who has seen what a healthy organization looks like.
This is not one of them.
Will the defendant please rise.
Rayam, considering your cooperation after your guilty plea, this court sentences you to twelve years.
Are you blaming this on your predecessors? Well this department has had four commissioners over the last eight years.
So, there hasn't been continuity in leadership here.
Gondo, due to your cooperation after your guilty plea, the court sentences you to ten years.
All rise.
This is happening now on my watch, and I am taking responsibility as the police commissioner.
Ward and Mr.
Hendrix, having pled guilty and subsequently cooperated by agreeing to testify against other officers, this court sentences you each to seven years.
I've moved to end plainclothes policing, and we've undertaken a plan to track the quality of gun cases to see how they fare in court rather than just tallying stats.
We are already responding.
Allers, you've been found guilty, and since you have refused to cooperate, the court sentences you to fifteen years.
But the federal investigators say this has been going on for years.
Shouldn't the leadership of the police department have known? Well, Justin, speaking for myself and my team, we inherited a culture that looks at accountability as a four-letter word.
And that's years and years of neglect.
Years and years of chasing after the two H's, homicide and heroin.
Should someone have known about this kind of corruption? - Absolutely.
They should have known.
- They should have known? We should have known.
Three days before the trial of the remaining Gun Trace Task Force officers, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis was fired by the mayor.
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER The second in command, Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere, was accused by a trial witness of coaching an officer in a police shooting.
He denied doing so and resigned the same day.
Crime is spilling out all over the city, and we've got to focus.
He denied doing so and resigned the same day.
And while we are grateful for the efforts of Commissioner Davis and his team, we need to move forward in a new direction.
Commissioner Darryl De Sousa.
Thank you.
Change is coming to the Baltimore Police Department.
And let me make it clear, I have zero tolerance for corruption.
We're gonna be doing proactive constitutional policing.
We're going to enforce the laws of Baltimore city.
We're going to be very visible.
We're gonna have positive engagement with the entire community.
A year later, mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty to conspiracy, tax evasion and fraud.
She was sentenced to three years.
Your Honor, as a point of law, it's Mr.
Hersl's contention that he is not guilty of the charge of extortion for taking money from citizens subsequent to their arrest.
No? He was responsibly taking that money as an agent of the state, Your Honor.
His crime is instead that of failing to deliver that money to the Evidence Control Unit.
Therefore, he is guilty only of theft, not of extortion or conspiracy.
Novel defense, Mr.
As the only two officers to go to trial in federal court, Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were convicted and sentenced to eighteen years each.
Since the death of Freddie Gray, the unsuccessful prosecution of the officers involved in that case and the resulting work slowdown by police, crime in Baltimore has exploded.
Since 2015, the city has averaged well over 300 slayings a year, becoming one of the most violent major cities in the United States.
Motherfucker! Police! - Get the fuck out.
- Shit! Police! - Get on the floor.
- Down! What I just say? Get on the fucking ground.
- Let's go! Anybody on the second floor? - Your mother is.
Anybody on second floor? - Baltimore police! - Let's go.
Who's upstairs? Baltimore police, search warrant.
- All right, we got a door left.
- No, no, leave that one.
That's mine.
Take the hall.
- Oh, we got it, Sarge.
- All righty.
Come on.
Let's go.
Search that closet right there.
Yeah? Dag, boy.
Right where your man said.
Big fucking Wayne.
Oh, Hendrix.
I think I'm getting an erection, man.
- Big fucking Wayne! - That's what I'm fucking talking about.
- You my man, yo.
- This shit ain't stopping.
Check it out.
Go through that.
What's that? Yo, we should God.
What you got, Wayne? Wayne, what you looking at? What? We about to eat, motherfucker.
Shut that door.
Shut the fucking door.
That's it, put your foot on it.
Stay in front of that shit.
Stay in front of it.
Stand right there.
I got you.
Oh, shit.
We eating this motherfucker.
- Weed motherfucker, that's what's up.
- That's what I'm talking about.
Make sure you put your foot on the fucking door.
Are you shitting me? I'm fucking bitches.
I don't give a I can do what the fuck I wanna do.
Niggas was hating on me too.
All right.
Jackpot, motherfuckers.
Come on.
You got a half-hour of daylight all to yourself.
Your time to shine, Jenkins.
Sooner we get you to GenPop, sooner we can stop babysitting your ass.
Go on and bring it.
- Three-ten to control.
- Copy.
- We got one for the yard.
- Clear.
You that cop from Baltimore, right? Fuck yeah.
Best they had.
That's that fucking cop.
He up there, yo.
What's going on, LT? - You ready for them? - You know.
I was born ready.
I'm glad you pulled back that transfer request.
- And so are the bosses.
- Good.
Let's kill 'em dead.
Got you.
That's the other thing with being brutal, not only does it get in the way of getting good cases.
But beating on people, you're gonna get IAD complaints, files.
Maybe even a reputation, get enough complaints, get transferred out of your unit.
And even if you can write your way out of the hassle, most police worth a shit can write their way out of pretty much anything.
Look, it's just It gets you the kind of attention, that only makes it harder to do the job.
If beating on people made cases, shit, I'd tell you, "Go out there and kick everybody's ass," but it just It does not work.
So, if that's the kind of work you wanna do, I'm gonna tell you right now, you're not coming anywhere near my unit.
Gun Trace Task Force, we are not about that bullshit.
Make no mistake.
We're about getting guns and drugs.
We're about getting the motherfuckers that deal the drugs and shoot the guns.
That's what we do.
That's what we deliver.
Gun Trace Task Force, we get those guns and we put 'em on the table.
We get that dope and we put it on the table.
My unit took 132 guns off the street in nine months of work.
We got 59 cases charged.
Every single one of those went up to Calbert Street.
During that time, we've kicked in 45 doors.
We got in over a kilo weight of dope.
And coke.
Not to mention, the pills and all else.
We took all that, and we put it on the table.
That's what we do.
That's what we deliver.
That's the job.
And you take care of each other.
I'm proud of you.
Hey! How about that, huh? Who wants to get some? I wanna fucking get some! Let me hear it! Who wants to get some? B-16.
Code 17.

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