The Washington Post

Officer sentenced for planting gun


A former Baltimore police detective was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Thursday, three months after he was found guilty of multiple federal crimes, including providing a gun that he knew would be planted on a suspect.

Robert Hankard, 46, was found guilty of corruption and conspiracy charges in April, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore.

The prosecutio­n of Hankard was part of the fallout from the rogue Gun Trace Task Force, whose members allegedly robbed drug dealers, planted drugs and guns, and assaulted civilians.

Federal prosecutor­s alleged that Hankard provided a BB gun that was planted on a suspect in 2014 and later lied to a federal grand jury about it. They also accused him of being involved in a situation in which drugs were planted on a man’s truck in 2015.

Hankard was hired by the Baltimore police in 2007.

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