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.