Police Officers in Baltimore, MD carried BB guns to plant on unarmed suspects, according to a recent corruption trial. Maurice Ward, who served in Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force, alleged that members of the force kept replica guns in their cars in case they “accidentally hit somebody.”
The Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force has the responsibility of taking illegal firearms off the city’s streets.
Ward served on the task force until he was charged and later convicted on corruption charges after robbing robbing suspected drug dealers and committing overtime fraud. He made the allegations against two other officers whose cases are currently being heard in Federal Court.
While Ward never stated whether the BB guns were ever used for their intended purpose, he did reveal other shocking accusations against members of the task force.
The trial revealed that officers installed illegal GPS trackers on suspects’ cars in order to make tracking them easier. It is also alleged that officers broke into a safe without a warrant, and after $200,000 they took out half the cash, and filmed the safe being open again showing $100,000.
Despite these shocking allegations against the department, the Gun Trace Task Force still remains an active part of the Police Force according to the Baltimore Police Department’s website.
Trump Administration Withdraws Nominee for ATF Director After Evasive Gun Control Answers in Senate
Chuck Canterbury avoided answering questions on gun control.
The Trump administration is withdrawing its nomination for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, after Chuck Canterbury alienated several Republican Senators during his July confirmation hearing for refusing to give an answer to questions regarding his personal opinion on gun laws.
Canterbury avoided answering several questions from GOP senators during his testimony, claiming he didn’t want to express any opinions that contrasted with the stated policy views of the Fraternal Order of Police. Canterbury is the former President of that organization.
Senators such as Louisiana’s John Kennedy questioned Canterbury’s evasive testimony in July.
“I like straight answers, and you are being evasive,” said Kennedy. “You have been nominated to run ATF. I think every member of this panel, both my Democratic friends and Republican friends who have feelings about the Second Amendment, are entitled to know both morally and legally what you believe.”
Canterbury had been asked numerous times about his policy views on matters such as banning so-called “assault weapons.”
The ATF has tremendous power over the American gun industry and Second Amendment community, and in some cases have banned previously legal forms of weapons with impunity. Some firearms enthusiasts have become increasingly skeptical of the agency in recent years, and conservatives have sought additional oversight. High-level ATF leadership have spoken of what they believe to be a conspiracy against their agency, further alienating gun rights supporters.
The Trump administration formally informed the Senate that it was withdrawing Canterbury’s nomination on Tuesday. His ambiguous views towards common gun control proposals had ensured his nomination was stalled, and now pulled.
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