An eighth Baltimore police officer was arrested on federal racketeering charges on Wednesday in the growing scandal that has engulfed the department’s elite gun task force.
Federal prosecutors allege that the officer, a former leader of the unit, “stole money from victims, some of whom had not committed crimes, swore out false affidavits and submitted false official incident reports.”
He did so, they allege in an indictment, while overseeing and covering for other officers committing similar crimes.
Sgt. Thomas Allers, 49, of Linthicum Heights, a member of the city Police Department since 1996, was arrested Wednesday on nine counts of robbery and extortion.