Two Baltimore police officers are in trouble with the law for allegedly running over a man and planting a fake gun on him to cover the crime.
This week, one of the the two law enforcers appeared in court for the incident that took place in 2014.
According to court documents, former Baltimore Police Department Sgt. Keith Gladstone received a call from Sgt. Wayne Jenkins who confessed to intentionally running over Demetric Simon whom he had just arrested.
In full panic mode, Jenkins, who was the leader of the department Gun Trace Task Force, called him and begged Gladstone to save him.
Gladstone rushed to the scene of the crime where he retrieved a BB gun that he had in his police vehicle and placed it near a pickup truck where Mr. Simon was lying.
Multiple other officers confirmed to authorities that they did hear the conversation between Gladstone and Jenkins plotting the illegal move to plant the weapon on the arrestee.
Appearing in court, Gladstone pleaded not guilty to federal civil rights and witness tampering charges.
In a statement, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison revealed that three officers have been suspended as the department's Internal Affairs unit is investigating the matter.
Harrison stated: "W.J. was in a panic because he had just deliberately run over an arrestee, D.S. [Demetric Simon], in the front yard of a home in Northeast Baltimore."
He went on to say: "Based on today’s indictment and other information provided to me, I am suspending three current Baltimore Police officers pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation. A fourth officer listed in today’s indictment had already been suspended and will also be investigated by our Internal Affairs section.”
The statement concluded by: "Based on a false statement of probable cause written by W.J. in another officer’s name, D.S. was subsequently charged with possession, use, and discharge of a gas or pellet gun, for the BB gun that Gladstone planted at the scene of D.S.’s arrest, and a number of drug offenses."
Gladstone is facing up to 20 years in prison. As for Jenkins, he has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for a long list of crimes, including drug dealing and robbery and robbing citizens in Baltimore.
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