Lack of confidence in police honesty

Posted on: Tue, 09/13/2005 - 14:57 By: Tom Swiss

The Baltimore Sun reports on a new grand jury convened to prepare a report suggesting ways to restore public confidence in the Baltimore Department.

As evidence that this is a problem worthy of its attention, McCurdy told the grand jury about two recent cases in which city judges doubted the word of police officers.

In the past two weeks, two weapons violations cases have crumbled - and convicted felons who admitted carrying loaded revolvers were able to avoid five-year prison sentences - because judges believed the guns might have been discovered illegally.

The officers' stories about how they knew to search the men didn't add up, judges said in making their rulings.