Another po­lice of­fi­cer charged in GTTF case

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Kevin Rec­tor

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors have charged yet another Bal­ti­more Po­lice de­tec­tive in their sprawl­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the cor­rupt Gun Trace Task Force, al­leg­ing he made false state­ments to a grand jury about help­ing plant a BB gun near a man who had been de­lib­er­ately run over by the rogue unit’s leader. De­tec­tive Carmine Vig­nola, with the Bal­ti­more Po­lice since 2007, was charged by crim­i­nal in­for­ma­tion in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Bal­ti­more on Tues­day. Pros­e­cu­tors al­leged he lied to the grand jury about the BB gun be­ing re­trieved from another of­fi­cer’s trunk, when Vig­nola ac­tu­ally drove with the other of­fi­cer, Sgt. Keith Glad­stone, to the home of a third of­fi­cer to retrieve the BB gun.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­leged Vig­nola un­der­stood Glad­stone had re­trieved the BB gun to plant it at the scene in “an at­tempt to jus­tify” the de­ci­sion by Sgt. Wayne Jenk­ins, the GTTF leader, to strike the man with his car. Vig­nola could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment Tues­day. Bal­ti­more Po­lice said Vig­nola was sus­pended with pay in March; Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Michael Harrison said at that time that Vig­nola and sev­eral other of­fi­cers were sus­pended for “know­ing about” the in­ci­dent. The depart­ment said Vig­nola’s pay was sus­pended Tues­day in light of the fed­eral charge. The Mary­land U.S. At­tor­ney’s of­fice de­clined to com­ment.

“Vig­nola is due his day in court to de­fend him­self, and we’re all look­ing for this chap­ter in the BPD to be over with,” said Sgt. Mike Mancuso, pres­i­dent of the union that rep­re­sents rank-and-file of­fi­cers in Bal­ti­more.

Jenk­ins pleaded guilty in Jan­uary 2018 to rack­e­teer­ing and other charges re­lated to a wide-rang­ing crim­i­nal enterprise by the GTTF to profit by steal­ing drugs and cash from vic­tims across the city, many of whomthey stopped and searched while on duty and un­der the guise of con­duct­ing sanc­tioned po­lice work. He was sen­tenced to 25 years be­hind in prison.

Glad­stone pleaded guilty in May to one count of con­spir­acy to vi­o­late civil rights in re­la­tion to the 2014 in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the BB gun. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

The third of­fi­cer, from whose home the BB gun was al­legedly re­trieved, has not been iden­ti­fied or charged with a crime.

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