BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A day of stunning testimony from former Baltimore Police detective Momodu Gondo included an posthumous accusation of corruption against slain officer Sean Suiter, and an accusation of murder against detective Jemell Rayam.
Gondo and Rayam are both facing charges in a huge corruption case involving several members of the department.
Gondo has pleaded guilty to racketeering and distribution of heroin in relation to the scandal. Rayam has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges.
On Monday morning, Gondo said that Detective Sean Suiter, who was killed on the job in November, was involved in some of the thefts Gondo committed a decade ago within the squad he was a part of at that time.
After the midday break Monday, the explosive testimony continued.
He testified about an incident involving detective Jemell Rayam, one of his closest friends on the force, that he believed was murder.
In 2009, Rayam shot and killed a man while on duty and was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Gondo said Rayam told him about the incident, “F*** it. I just didn’t want to chase him.”
He alleged Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere “coached” Rayam about what to say.
Palmere told The Baltimore Sun the accusation is not true. “I’ve always taken pride in my ethics and integrity,” Palmere said. He also told The Sun he was retiring, unrelated to the testimony.
Gondo did testify about his own crimes, saying he “broke the law” because of “greed.” He estimates he stole more than $200,000.
According to WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren, Gondo says he never complained about the alleged corruption of another another officer charged in the scandal, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, because of retribution fears.
“Wayne knew so many people in command, I’d have been blackballed,” Gondo said.
He described robbing Ronald and Nancy Hamilton of $20,000 inside their Westminster home and splitting the money with other members of the GTTF at a Canton bar.
He says Sgt. Jenkins told the group, “Guys, we don’t have to be greedy. We can just do this three times a year and get three big ones.”
Gondo revealed Jenkins’ plan to rob a Boston Street condo because the owner drove an expensive Mercedes Benz Gelandewagen. He says detective Hersl took a $5,000 Chanel purse from the property that Gondo later gave to his girlfriend.
“He targets people for large amounts of money…because of greed,” Gondo said of Jenkins.
Jenkins pleaded guilty last month to federal charges in the corruption case.
He says fellow officers informed the GTTF they were being wiretapped by the FBI.
Prosecutors played calls between Jenkins and Rayam laughing about faking tens of thousands of dollars in overtime slips.
Gondo testified they sometimes would not even start work until after their assigned shifts were over, earning their regular salary plus overtime.
“By 5 or 6 o’clock, we’re all gone, but we’re still on the clock,” he said.
Baltimore City PD have now set up a new Corruption Investigation Unit to focus specifically on allegations from testimony at this trial.