BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An officer with the Baltimore County Police Department has been suspended and another officer is no longer with the department after an investigation into reports that linked them with Gun Trace Task Force corruption case,
It stems from stunning allegations made in a federal courtroom five months ago. Allegations that more officers than just the ones in Baltimore PD’s Gun Trace Task Force were using the power of their badge to steal.
Now, two Baltimore County officers are facing serious consequences.
As one of the Baltimore police officers took the stand during trial earlier this year, he revealed he had other partners in crime.
Now, the Baltimore County Police Department is being forced to investigate one of their one.
The fallout continues after members of a once prominent Baltimore Police Department unit were busted for breaking the law.
During trial, detective Momodu Gondo, one of the eight charged as part of the Gun Trace Task Force investigation, revealed he had help stealing, and one of his accomplices was Baltimore County police officer Michael Woodlon.
Tuesday, Baltimore County PD revealed that one officer no longer works there and another, Officer Woodlon, has been suspended with pay.
“At this point, we want to make sure that if there were some wrongdoings by any of these officers, that we found out that information and took action based off of that,” said Shawn Vinson, with the Baltimore County Police Department.
Both Woodlon and the other unidentified officer worked in the city before the move over to the county in 2012.
Vinson says an investigation started immediately after revelations one of their officers could have been involved in stealing, and that probe could take weeks.
“What’s important to understand here is that these officers are protected by the law enforcement bill of rights, so this law requires evidence for this office to be punished,” Vinson said. “A mere allegation of wrongdoing isn’t enough to punish the officer.”
Hundreds of cases that hinged on the reputation of this once elite eight had to be tossed out, but Vinson says right now, there’s no indication there will be a similar effect in Baltimore County.
“If we are able to find substantial information that there was some wrongdoing here, the police department will take enforcement action against the police officer,” Vinson added.
The name of the second officer was not revealed during trial, and Baltimore County police says its prohibited from saying if that person resigned or was fired.
The Baltimore County Police Department says there’s no indication any of these alleged stealing incidents occurred in the county.