HBO series on corrupt police gun task force in Baltimore focuses on ringleader Jenkins
BALTIMORE (WBFF) — HBO's new series 'We Own this City' chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's infamous Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF).
The ring leader of the squad Wayne Jenkins is currently serving the longest sentence out of the members federally indicted on charges including racketeering, robbery, extortion and overtime fraud.
Jenkins began his career with the Baltimore Police Department as a beat cop in the early 2000s.
He joined BPD's GTTF several years later and in 2016 took the helm of the GTTF as a sergeant within the department.
The next year eight members, including Jenkins, were indicted on federal charges. To date, 13 officers have been charged.
Members pleaded guilty to robbing citizens during street and traffic stops, making illegal searches in people's homes, planting evidence and providing false affidavits and police reports to further their crimes.
In some cases, the officers stole drugs and money.
In other cases, the group made arrests based on bogus charges that resulted in people being sent to jail for years.
The heaviest sentence was given to Jenkins.
The 41-year-old is currently serving a 25-year sentence in a low-security prison in Ashland, Kentucky.
Jenkins is scheduled for release in 2038.