BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In recent years, from City Hall to City Police headquarters, Baltimore has had a string of indictments and convictions, evidence some people see public service as a ticket for personal gain.

By now we all know the scenes of criminal corruption played out in video captured by and of the Gun Trace Task Force. Evidence of an indicted pattern of violence and racketeering for personal gain can be seen in the Baltimore City Police Force.

But, there’s also been trouble at the top.

In 2004, then-police commissioner Edward Norris pled guilty to federal corruption and tax charges. He served six months in federal prison.

Just last December, then-police commissioner Daryl DeSousa was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to three counts of failing to file tax returns.

In 2017, Nathaniel Oaks, elected to represent Baltimore in Annapolis was sentenced to three and a half years after pleading guilty to corruption charges.

Back in January 2010, then-Mayor Sheila Dixon resigns as part of a plea deal after a years-long corruption investigation that revealed she’d embezzled gift cards meant for the poor.

“And I’m sad not because of the decision I made, but because I have a great staff,” Dixon said at the time of her resignation.

And nine years later, City Hall is rocked once again as one of Catherine Pugh’s close aides, Gary Brown Jr., was fired this week.

But, he had already been indicted and pled guilty to election law violations. He’s gone. And now, so is his boss.

Comments (6)
  1. Sorry I don’t feel the emotional sadness connected with Pugh resigning as mayor but only for this city for the negative dark cloud she brought over our city AGAIN! She has brought shame and disgrace to this city and state for her greedy unethical decisions and the way she kept her dealings suppressed and hidden KNOWING full well it was unethical, wrong and even possibly unlawful. She should of resigned a month ago to save this city from more shame and disruption and to help the healing of this city to help it survive! I think it shows her cowardly behavior today NOT at least reading her own resignation statement to this city she owed us that much!! SHAME ON YOU!! You will go down in history of this city falling from grace and once again more democratic corruption!

  2. Relieved Pugh is no longer in control of this city! AMEN!!

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