What prosecutors knew
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Since seven Baltimore police officers were federally indicted in March, Fox45 has investigated whether city prosecutors missed a pattern of possible misconduct.
An internal memo in the State’s Attorney’s Office explains how one of the indicted officers, Jemelle Rayam, wrote a warrant that was thrown out by a judge.
Judge Barry Williams found,”Det. Rayam intentionally included false statements in the affidavit [used to get the warrant approved by a judge],” the memo reads.
The defense attorney in the case says this conduct points to a pattern of misconduct by detective Rayam.
“I think this has been happening for a long time, and I think that anybody that says that it hasn’t happened in the past, is being disingenuous,” defense attorney Staci Pipkin said.
We asked Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe if prosecutors could have picked up on a pattern of misconduct by the officers federally indicted.
“My question to you is, what defense attorneys brought the allegations that the federal government has used in their indictments? What defense attorneys brought those allegations to the State’s Attorney’s Office, because there are none,” Bledsoe said.
The federal indictment accuses the officers, in part, of “swearing false affidavits to obtain search warrants in order to steal money, property and narcotics.”
Bledsoe says prosecutors looked back at other Rayam cases and found no pattern of him lying on affidavits.
All seven officers accused in the indictment say they are innocent of the charges against them.