Deputy Police Chief Addresses Allegations Of Teare’s Misconduct Surrounding Leopold Investigation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Bombshell testimony. The Anne Arundel County police chief comes under fire. Some members of the County Council are joining the growing calls for his resignation.

Adam May has the latest on Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold’s abuse of power scandal.

One of the highest ranking members of the Anne Arundel County Police Department becomes a whistle-blower. He says he saw the police chief breaking the law, and he’s called federal authorities to step in.

During a fact-finding mission by the Anne Arundel County Council looking into allegations of wrongdoing by Chief James Teare, deputy police chief Emerson Davis reveals he has called the U.S. Department of Justice “to take oversight of the department and do an investigation from top to bottom.”

Davis claims Teare helped Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold access information of his political opponents and others, including “the woman who claimed the county executive approached her inappropriately in line at the cafeteria in the Arundel Center,” Davis said.

Leopold already faces charges of misconduct in office, using the state criminal database inappropriately and making police officers drive him to sexual encounters in public parking lots.

Teare has refused to answer questions about his alleged involvement.

Now, the council will vote on a resolution in two weeks, urging Leopold to suspend Teare.

Davis says the public deserves answers.

“Who knew what and who’s gonna be accountable for it? This is the biggest black eye I’ve had on the department since I’ve been here,” Davis said.

So far, the deputy police chief has not had a response for the Department of Justice, but he’s planning to follow-up.

Leopold maintains his innocence. His trial is scheduled for this fall.

  • yourdream

    Emerson is a first class guy. The council needs to pay attention to what he said.

  • Ballsohardclub

    Police chief is a dumb SOB. He should be fired for that alone.

  • Ballsohardclub

    Sounds as if Deputy Davis is eyeing a lofty position on the force.

  • catarget

    Routine re-screening, including polygraphs every 5yrs to help fight and prevent police misconduct and corruption. Including senior management. Officers would think twice before breaking laws or rules of conduct.

  • State Roundup, April 4, 2012 | Maryland News & Things to Do Blog

    […] LEOPOLD SCANDAL: Adam May of WJZ-TV reports on the latest on the scandal surrounding charges that Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold abused the power of his office and the deputy police chief who is turning into a whistle-blower. […]

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