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.