01x06 - Part Six

Episode transcripts for the TV show "We Own This City". Aired: April 25, 2022 - present.
6 part mini-series based on the novel by the same name about the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's g*n Trace Task Force and the corruption surrounding it.
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01x06 - Part Six

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I know what I'm doing.

This proffer session is for purposes
of learning

what you, Sergeant Jenkins,
can offer to the government

as cooperation in the event
you are offered a plea agreement.

Nothing said today will be entered
into the legal record.

It is instead an opportunity
for you to let us know

the value and extent of your cooperation
should we decide to accept your plea,

and recommend an agreed-upon sentence
to the judge. You understand?

- I do.
- Well then, let's proceed.

Well, first off, I'm innocent.

Sergeant Jenkins,

there is an old and wise saying
in the federal courts

that defendants in criminal cases,
when facing a preponderance of evidence,

are well-advised
to cooperate early and often.

The first ones to cooperate
get the best deals,

last ones to cooperate
get the worst end of the stick.

And you are not early here.

I am not gonna sit in front of you

and tell you that I haven't been
around some bad things. I have.

But I can also tell you,

that these things that you think
that I've done,

these things that you've heard about me,
they are false.

Completely false.

Now, is there misconduct
in this department?

Of course, there's misconduct, but...

I'm not the one you want.

Sergeant, our investigation
is lengthy and detailed

and the charges against you
are corroborated by electronic intercepts,

as well as a multitude of witnesses.

Multitude? Okay,
so a multitude of witnesses lied.

How about that? Can I ask you a question?

I am one of the most talked about,
most celebrated officers,

history of this city.
Do you not find it odd?

And now, all of a sudden,
I am the mastermind of this whole thing?

That doesn't strike you as weird?

They're all lying?

That's what I said.

- In the Burley case alone...
- Oh, come on. The Burley case,

I'm completely innocent on that.

I didn't plant those dr*gs on Umar Burley.
That wasn't me.

- Sergeant Jenkins...
- No, no, no, no. Hang on.

I know who did that. I know who did it.

And maybe you're right.

You know something, maybe the fact
that I knew that information,

I didn't report it at the time.

Maybe I was wrong there, so you got me.
I'm guilty. Hey, you win.

But bottom line is, I did not plant
those dr*gs on Umar Burley.

I didn't do it, wasn't me.

For the sake of argument,
you wanna tell us who did?

I do not feel like telling you that
right now.

But I do know for a fact that it was not
Wayne Jenkins who planted those dr*gs.

That's what matters here.

This proffer is concluded.

What does that mean it's concluded?

Wait, that's it,
you guys just gonna walk away?

Ma'am, you don't have any questions
for me?




. KILO'S, $ , .

- Backup.
- Backup.


Baltimore is a poster child
for the basic failure to stop lawlessness.

No justice, no peace!

I've heard your calls
for no justice, no peace.

No justice, no peace!



Where there's smoke, there's f*re.

These officers,
they're -style gangsters.


So, Wayne Jenkins actually thinks

his fellow officers
are going to hold the line...

When in reality, they're all in a race
to try to testify against each other.

Funny how he made a point of telling us

he didn't plant the dr*gs
in the Burley case, of all things.

Who would he put it on?

The others who were there and wrote on it?
Ryan Guinn and Sean Suiter.

Well, it's not likely to be Guinn.

He went out of his way to speak up
about all of this years ago.

Sean Suiter?

You know me from headquarters, Sean,

but I've been detailed here
to work with the FBI

in public corruption cases.
And Erika here is my supervisor.

The fact is we've been working this stuff
involving the city plainclothes unit,

and I know you've seen a lot of people
you work with get arrested.

The thing we want you to know, right off,
is that you're not necessarily a target.

Not necessarily?

Well, right now, we're looking at others
and we need help with that.

I work m*rder.

I don't know what you think
I could help you with.

This is from years ago.
From the time you were working VCID.

Do you remember a car chase
involving a suspect named Burley?

There was a crash,
and a motorist was k*lled.

Hands! Out of the car!

J, it's on the floor.
Right under the seat.

- This was two thousand...
- I remember.

dr*gs were discovered in Burley's vehicle
subsequent to the crash.

Your name is on
the evidence submission paperwork.

So, what are you saying?

One of the witnesses claims
that you were the one

who planted the dr*gs on Burley.

We don't necessarily believe
this other witness.

Now this can go two ways, Sean.

Either you know what happened
and how those dr*gs

got into a car
that was already searched by officers,

in which case you're a witness...

Or you become a suspect.

At this point, it's our assumption
that you are a witness.

Am I going to lose my job over this?

End with the phrase, "Real police work."

Real... police... work


Then pick up with the last paragraph.

- Got it.
- Read that part back to me.

"A consent decree is not a magic pill."

"It is, however, a court-ordered
and enforced mandate

that will compel us
to make necessary improvements

to processes that have long
been neglected."

"At times, it will introduce changes to
our organization that may cause anxiety."

"Police after all do not adjust well
to change."

"We must not confuse
time-honored traditions

and the growth necessary
to improve as an organization."

"We must honor our traditions,
but not cling to them."

"We must embrace changes

that make us better crime fighters
and community ambassadors."

Community ambassadors?

Gimme a break.

"And not dismiss them as contrary
to the notion of real police work."

Good, good.
So, that's on the front page from me.

But inside, make sure we run the item
on Jenkins and the g*n Trace Task Force.

Make sure that's in the newsletter, too.

If I'm gonna sell the consent decree
and change, on the one hand,

I've got to acknowledge the people

who are putting g*n
and dr*gs on the table now,

who are doing the job now.

I don't need those guys slowing down
or doubting themselves.

I need them out on the streets.

- Stop running!
- Got him!

Come here!

- Don't f*cking move.
- He got a g*n.

- f*ck.
- Hands on the hood.

- Hands on the f*cking hood.
- Get your f*cking hands on the hood.

What you running for, man?
You got that g*n?

- Saw his g*n here somewhere.
- It's in that garbage right there,

right under the... that jacked up Malibu

- in that garbage there.
- There ain't no...

- Yeah, buddy.
- Hey, man, we know it's yours.

- Ain't no use in lying.
- Yes, sir.

Yeah, we eatin' tonight. We eatin'.

- Good shit, youngster.
- Have a seat, on the curb.

Oh, yeah. I carry that
for protection, man, that's it.

Sir, sir, sir. Is your life in danger?

I'm serious. If your life is in danger,
just tell me how.

Tell me how... I'm happy to look into it,
if someone's trying to hurt you, k*ll you,

I'll find... I'll find out who they are.

All right, tell me,
I'll get another g*n off the street.

What's going on, sir?
How is your life in danger?

A - , can we get a wagon...

Man, everyone life in danger, man.
It's Baltimore.

You know what?
That's a good f*cking answer,

I like that. I... you know what,
I like you, man. I like you.

Yo, can I tell someone
I'm being locked up, man?

Maybe get this bail going?

Yeah, man, you're good.
Where's your phone at?

Front right.


Running from y'all. Shit, man.
h*t four on my speed dial.

Yeah, say what you wanna say.
Hang on, let me get this on.

All right, you're good, you're on.

- Hey, what's up?
- Yo, they found a joint in the alley.

- And put that b*tch on me, yo...
- Hey, come on. What the f*ck are you...

Why the f*ck would you do that?

Honestly, man, why would you do that?

You know, have we been cruddy with you?
We ain't cruddy police.

Why would you do that?

We all just saw you throw that g*n
with your own right hand.

We all just saw it.

We don't get down like that.
Ain't the kind of police work we do.

Can I explain something to you?

If somebody puts a g*n on somebody
and that g*n ain't theirs, then...

that cop, he gets rolled on,
he gets charged.

What you just said on that telephone,
that was very disrespectful.

These men right here, these men,
my detectives, we do things by the book.

Your ride's here, buddy.

Get your fat ass up.

- Bro, help me with this.
- f*ck, man. f*ck, man. Damn.

Shit, man.

f*cking sick of this bullshit.
Calling my ass dirty.

Step up, watch your head.

Wayne. Wayne, listen to me.

The answer is no. All right?
f*ck, f*cking no. No.

- Wayne...
- What?

- Everyone is talking...
- Not every... Not everyone.

Don't say that. My guys
ain't f*cking talking. So don't say that.


What are you saying?

You know something, f*ck everyone.

All right, well then I am going
on the stand and I'm gonna tell my story

and my story is gonna hold.
How about that?

I'm not a dirty cop.

So, Jenkins is still trying
to hold you guys to staying silent, huh?

He says that video he taped of us
opening the safe

is enough to knock your case down...

He was saying that if we all just clam up

then you feds
can't prove nothing otherwise.

Sergeant has lost it, man.

I've been trying to get away
from Wayne Jenkins for a while now.

I mean, at first it was just about
the money, taking the money.

- We did that.
- We took money all the time.

That shit happens
all over the f*cking department.

dr*gs? No.

No, no, no. No, that's different.

The dr*gs was like a pain in the ass.

A lot of times we would just get up
on the Jones Falls and toss the dope

and coke out on the expressway. Just...

Just be done with it. It's easier
than driving down to headquarters

to stand in line and fill out paperwork
at ECU.

Not Sergeant Jenkins, though.
Not Sergeant Jenkins.

Not Wayne, though. No.

Not Wayne Jenkins.

Oh, shit.

One time, this f*ck...
This man asked me

if I had any relatives
that would sell dr*gs

if we got the hands on them.

I understand we are in the streets
doing this shit.

But my man, like,
that's my f*cking family.

What type of cold f*ck
gonna do that?

I heard him on the phone once
talking to somebody

and it was like anything you hear
on the street.

Just another drug transaction.

Wayne went there, man.

He was that dude.

One time, I come in the office.
The Sergeant was in there,

heat-sealing a bag of vials.

I'm talking,
this man was re-sealing cocaine.

Why else would you be doing that?

Was he selling the stuff back to dealers?
To Shropshire?

No, I... I doubt that.

- I'd have heard it from Brill.
- There was this one guy though...

He was always showing up places,
always partying with Jenkins.

I mean, this dude could literally get keys
cut in any car, or a GPS tracker.

Stuff to bounty hunt, you know...

Friend of Wayne's from out in the county.

Some shady ass white dude.

Bail bondsman. Donald something.

Police, search warrant. Get your hands
in the air and step toward me.

Hands in the air right now.
Let's go, move.

Look, I didn't order him in any way.
He was completely free to refuse.

And, Sergeant Jenkins,

your claim is that
in undertaking this car stop

involving Mr. Stevenson here,

you only wanted to speak with him.

Yes, sir.

So, what did you do
when you approached the vehicle, Sergeant?

We followed the rules of probable cause,
that's what we did.

And we do that because we want our case
to hold up in court.

See, I've... I've learned
from my past mistakes, Your Honor.

Now, look. We knew initially
we had no cause to detain the suspect.

We had no cause to ask him
to exit his vehicle.

So, we... we, you know, we talked to him.
Purely on a voluntary basis.

So, where were the other three officers?

They were... they were positioned
on all sides of the vehicle.

You surrounded the vehicle?

Yes, sir. Look, it's a car stop.
You know, it's...

They can go bad.
If they go bad, they go bad quick,

so we need to maintain tactical advantage
at all times

purely as a precaution. It's just...
Yeah, that's what we do.

May I approach, Your Honor?


- Did you hear what he said?
- I did, indeed, Mr. Bates.

Officers surrounding a car.
That's pretty compelling.

In fact, I don't see what I can do here

other than consider
detention without cause.

Thank you, Your Honor.

- All right. Hey, man, good luck.
- Thank you.

I'll catch you later.

Ivan Bates, Ivan Bates.
b*at me again, huh?

Well, you know, you lost when you said
your guys surrounded the car.

- That amounts to an unlawful detention.
- Shit.

What about the kilos I seized, huh?
That doesn't bother you?

- No, man. Fruits of a poisonous tree.
- Know something, man?

Easy come, easy go. f*ck it.

Wait, look, Wayne, look. Hold on a second.

I don't know what you're doing
out there, okay?

- But everybody tells me the same thing.
- What?

You rob, you steal,
and you're taking everybody's money.

Who told you that? What,
your client told you that?

Look. He told me you didn't turn in all
those dr*gs, okay?

- Come on, man.
- Look, never mind the cash.

But he's not the only one.

- They're lying.
- Wayne. Come on, man.

This was a multi-kilo seizure.
And my guy had priors.

Stevenson's a big dog. You ever wonder
why this case didn't go federal?

Yeah, think about it.

The US Attorney's Office doesn't want
to touch you anymore.

They want nothing to do with you.
Why would that be?


there's not a lot I disagree with here,
but then you knew that.

What's the mayor saying privately?

Supporting it is one thing.
Paying for it is another.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Schools. Rec centers.
The city pension fund is always bankrupt.

It's... it's a poor city.

How about we take half the money

the cops burn up
in overtime and court pay

and... and turn that back into anti-crime
and community-based programming?

- Hey, hey, hey. I'm on your side, okay?
- I know, I just...

I'm just saying that political will
always falters,

at the point where real money
gets used to solve real problems.

Better get ready for that.

Let me ask you another question,
and please, don't take this the wrong way,

but what doesn't this consent decree say?

What do you mean?

Well, I mean this is an immense document
showing what the police do that is

wrong procedurally and unconstitutional.

It cites chapter and verse patterns
and practices

that violate civil rights at best

and brutalize citizens at worst.

And it represents a lot of hard work
on the part of you and your team.

- So, credit where credit is due.
- But...

What is it that you can't say
that you need to say?

What is the Justice Department
unwilling to admit?

What are the police trying to do?

Arrest everybody. We spoke about this.
I... I heard you.

But why? What's the mission?

- The drug w*r.
- Exactly.

And in a w*r, you need warriors.

In a w*r, you have enemies.

In a w*r, civilians get hurt
and nobody does anything.

In a w*r, you count the bodies
and then you call them victories.

Is the Justice Department,
or even the Office of Civil Rights,

ready to declare
that we long ago lost this w*r?

That we have achieved nothing
but full prisons, and routine brutality,

and a complete collapse of trust

between police departments
and their cities?

I fought this w*r, Nicole.
I was even good at it

and honest when I did it.
But it was lost when I got there,

and I did nothing but lose in my time,
and the guys who are out there right now

on the street, they all know it's lost.

Are you people ready to say that out loud?

Is anybody?

They warned me about this.

Warned you about what, Miss Mayor?

The money. This is millions more.

And we're already bleeding out
from all the departmental overtime.

Where does it end?

Well, you read
the same consent decree that I did.

What they're asking for
isn't going to be possible

without additional budgeting.

The cost of upgrading
the video technology alone is...

John's run the numbers.

I was conservative. But looking only
at what we've agreed to here...

If you look at the overall fiscal budget,
this can only come

from schools, rec centers,
and after-school programs...

Those are my babies.
It can't come from my babies.

Cut off the overtime pay.

We're four hundred positions down
right now

and only one academy class
in the pipeline.

You cut overtime, patrol cars go empty.

Then find somewhere else to cut.

Your Honor, we're going to h*t m*rder
again this year.

Crime is up in every category,
and I have officers

who won't go out on the street to police
because of the Freddie Gray case.

That is the reality I'm dealing with here.

It's hard to listen
to the police commissioner plead poverty

when we just paid out
a six and a half million-dollar settlement

to the Gray family.

How many new body cameras
would that money have paid for?

Look, Mosby's decision
to go beyond the manslaughter case

and charge counts relating
to Gray's arrest

has left me with dozens
of officers resigning

and others unwilling to get out
of their cars

for fear they'll be charged criminally

if they even make
an honest Fourth Amendment mistake.

Now, you're telling me to cut pay
from the guys who are working.

Your job is to keep crime down
with the resources that are available.

And with the money we're spending,

and the crime rate out of control
in Baltimore,

it will no longer be available.

No money from my babies. Find cuts.

So, this is what the city agrees to?

In full.

You don't seem impressed.

What happens if they don't do
these things?

I mean, what really happens?

A federal judge monitors compliance.

If they fail to make the promised goals,
or the reforms don't happen,

he can hold the whole city in contempt.

And... then what?

There can be fines
and the court can issue additional orders

and demand that the reforms proceed.

And then what happens?

You're asking me

what happens if the police
don't want to change.

No, I'm saying that we are
the people the police department hunts

and kills and captures.

And you are bringing me a piece of paper
that says there's gonna be new rules

on how they can hunt us?

They're giving you spit and chewing gum

and telling you to keep the whole machine
running with it.

It doesn't matter.


Watch. I'll be fired before
the g*n Trace scandal goes to trial.

They're just keeping me around
just long enough to put that stink on me.

After the last bad headline, I'm gone.

Hey, yo!


You better open up real quick!

Anyone can put a juror to sleep
with a closing argument.

- Tell me about it.
- When the judge starts nodding off on you?

Anyway, yeah. So we'll continue
those motion hearings next week sometime.

- Take a look at the calendar.
- Sounds good.

Hey, Ivan. Can I talk to you for a sec?

Hey, I'll catch you downstairs
in a minute.

Appreciate you, man.

- Wayne.
- Yeah. You know, Ivan, I...

I respect you, man.
I just want to let you know that I'm done.

Yeah, I'm... I'm never gonna make
another arrest again. Not until...

- Wait, what?
- Yeah. I just... f*ck this place, man.

And f*ck all the shit that, you know,
people are saying about me.

I don't care about all that, man.

Just, I... I got these f*cking bosses,
you know, they... they don't appreciate,

they don't appreciate a f*cking thing.
You know, I... I get 'em all these g*n.

I'm taking all these risks
and now I just...

I don't know, man. I'm just... I'm done.

I'm gonna go on inside, be a lieutenant.

Yeah, I just... You know, man,
I want to let you know.

f*ck it. I'm done. See you around.

I've done what I can to feel out
the US Attorney on this, and look,

they're saying you're not a target here,
you're a witness.

But what does that mean?

Well, it means they don't think
you planted dr*gs in Burley's car.

They think Jenkins is their man.

So why grand jury me?

Well, you were at the scene.

Even if your testimony only sets the scene
and eliminates you as a suspect,

that's helpful to their case.
But here's the thing, Sean,

I've seen proffer sessions
and grand jury testimony

where things go sideways

because guys didn't anticipate the things
they might be asked about...

Like what?

Let's not be naive.

If you heard that Wayne stole money

or other guys took money,
you're gonna have to tell them.

If they ask you, you can't hold back.

Serious f*cking police work.

Say about four Gs in drug money.

You know something?
I'm gonna call it in like that, dawg.

Mr. Stepp, we're
from the FBI Public Corruption Squad.

You don't seem surprised.

Would you be?

How do you know Wayne Jenkins,
a Baltimore police sergeant?

Well, he's a friend of mine. We hang out.

But that's not what you're here
to talk to me about.

He gave me the dr*gs I sold.

How... how much dr*gs
did Jenkins give you?

More than I could sell. I mean,
it was a million dollars worth to us.

Pure profit.

But listen, I'm here to tell you
whatever you wanna know.

Just ask me, I'll cooperate.

Although, you did miss the cocaine.

We did?

Well, where was it?

Well, it is under the baseboard radiator
in the laundry room. Three kilos.

Appreciate that. Truly.

No problem.

Do you realize what you're asking?

Until there is a change
in national drug policy,

I mean a complete overhaul,

do you see how impossible it would be
for us to issue a report?

- But without that, we...
- We do what we can, Nicole.

We address what we can.
We change what we can.

But even the Office of Civil Rights,

as high-minded
as we think ourselves to be,

is still a part of the Justice Department.

And at this point,
federal drug laws are what they are.

But then everything in
the Baltimore report is about a symptom.

You don't think we've had
these same conversations?

All the way to the top?

Beginning with the second term,
Holder told all the US Attorneys

to reduce the federal intake
of drug defendants. And we did that.

So, instead of fixing the laws,
we just quietly work around them...

until we can't?

Now, we're out, Trump is in,

and Jeff Sessions wants to arrest
everyone he can

for f*cking marijuana possession.

I... I'll never make it four years. I...

I made sure you were protected.

You're not a political appointee,

you're in a civil service posting.

I mean I can't bear
to sit on my ass for four years,

maybe eight, while this entire office
is shut down by these assholes...

Tell me I'm wrong.

Tell me the entire Civil Rights Division

isn't d*ad in the water
under this new administration.

If I give you eleven hundred, n*gga,
you supposed to give me my eleven hundred.

I don't give a f*ck where...

Antonio Shropshire.

Who y'all?

Baltimore County narcotics.
But it's a federal warrant.

Federal, huh?

Yeah, we've been up on you for like a year
and a half, so...

It's a real pleasure
to finally meet you in person.

Can't say the same.
What's the warrant for?

- Conspiracy to distribute.
- What do we have here?

- Oh, look at that.
- See, that's just bad luck right there.

Had it in my pocket
because somebody complained

- and handed it back to me.
- That's very sloppy, Brill.

Bless your heart.
You wanna call your fiancée

- and let her know what's gone down?
- Yeah. Her number, - ...

No, no, I got it.

Y'all got me on tap, huh?

Hey, boo. Why the hell you wake me up?

Y'all f*ck cruddy, yo.

Y'all know I got popped by the city
last week, right?

Yup. Gladstone's squad.
But we've got a superseding indictment.

Y'all working hard here,
but if I were y'all,

I'd get rid of the shit
you just took off me.

Use an informant or some shit like that
to put it on the street.

Get something nice for your wives.
Shit. Gladstone took it.

I shit you not.

So, looking at Sergeant Keith Gladstone,

we not only have the fact
that Shropshire told county police

that Gladstone took
and resold seized narcotics,

but the fact that he extensively worked
with Jenkins.

Kind of an early mentor.

And if we look back far enough,
we come across this.

Keep in mind
that in searches of unmarked units

after our arrests of Hendrix and Rayam,
we also found several BB p*stol.

BB g*n?

Hendrix told us they
carried them routinely

in case of a bad sh**t
with an unarmed suspect.

So, we go backwards looking for cases
involving injuries to the suspect,

recovered BB p*stol,

and, sure enough, we find a w*apon case
with a pursuit

and serious injury to the suspect,
one Demetric Simon.

Jenkins and another officer
are giving chase

until Jenkins actually runs
the kid over in his unmarked car,

claiming that the suspect
pointed a g*n at him.

A BB g*n is later recovered
from under a parked car nearby

and lucky for us,

one officer who was there
when the g*n was found

is none other than Ryan Guinn.

Refresh my memory.

Guinn is the plainclothesman
who was an early informant on this case

and who we know to be clean.

But Guinn now tells us that none other
than Keith Gladstone

showed up at this scene unannounced
and said openly to Wayne Jenkins,

"It's over by the truck."

Is Gladstone still on the street?

He retired quite suddenly.

A few weeks after we started locking up
other plainclothesmen.

I'm done, LT. I'm done.

Done with g*n Trace,
dealing with all this bullshit.

Now, look. There's this opening
in warrant apprehension. I want it.

- Warrant apprehension?
- That's right.

Wayne, are you kidding?
Is this... is this a joke?

I put my ass on the line. I... I get
all these f*cking g*n for command

and then they go on and they...


f*ck it. I'm just, I'm... I'm... I'm done.

No one is gonna be happy about this.

Not the colonel, not the Deputy Ops.
Wayne, you went on leave two months ago,

the whole task force went to sleep.

The bosses noticed.
They want you back working.

You know what they're saying about me
down at the courthouse?

They talk all this shit.
And you know, I put my head down.

- I keep on working. You know me...
- Wayne. Who are you talking about?

I'm talking about the f*cking judges
that throw out my cases,

I'm talking about f*cking
b*tch ass defense attorneys

that say I'm lying.

Wayne! What else
is a defense attorney gonna say?

What's the f*cking point anyway?
Look at what's going on.

I mean, yeah, their bosses that go along
with this consent decree soft ass,

f*cking baby-boy bullshit. I mean,
how am I supposed to police

- like this anyway?
- Right. Uh-huh.

Oh, come on, don't do that.
Don't f*cking do that.

Get the f*ck out of here. What?

"It should go without saying
that this is an extremely challenging time

for law enforcement nationally."

"Officers are questioning themselves
and their role in society,

and the changing law enforcement

"Against this backdrop,
I am extremely proud to showcase the work

of Sergeant Wayne Jenkins
and the g*n Trace Task Force."

"This team of dedicated detectives
has a work ethic that is beyond reproach."

What you doing? Why you reading that shit?

- It's in the g*dd*mn newsletter.
- Right.

Wayne, you can put in for the transfer,

but I'm telling you right now,
there is no way we dump you

in the warrants squad when your unit
is delivering the way that it is.

- It's not gonna happen.
- Okay.

I'm telling you right now, man,

I cannot be the one who loses
his job over this shit.

I just can't f*cking do it, man.

So now you worried?

It's not that I'm worried.
What you f*ck don't understand

is I'm sick and tired of being the one
always taking the lead

on all of this.

I can't be putting my name
on all this shit. I just... I can't do it.

- I hear you, Jenks.
- Look, I need to just...

I need to lay back some, all right?

You won't believe the shit
that I'm hearing people say, man.

- Down at headquarters, courthouse.
- Like what?

f*ck's saying I'm cruddy.
Like I'm a dirty cop.

- Ain't you that?
- Don't say that. Why...

How could you f*cking say that shit?
I'm talking about being like,

f*cking dirty, for real,
like I'm a bad person.

That's my name, f*ck.
I can't have my name out there like that.

- Oh, yeah.
- Yeah, dawg.

- Oh, my goodness.
- Beautiful.

- I see you.
- Look at this.

- Damn.
- Sweetheart, we're good.

- Go on, girl. We're good.
- Do not listen to that man.

- Thank you, sugar.
- Now you happy,

go get me a f*cking wine cooler.
The bar's that way.

Hey, man.

I told you weeks ago
about a federal investigation.

You thought I was shittin' you, Wayne?

I mean, there ain't
no federal investigation.

There's always a rumor
of a federal investigation.

That shit never happens, it's Baltimore.
It'd take years to f*cking go down.

Look, if they're looking at cops,
they're gonna get cops to talk.

We are some snitchin' f*ck.

- Bet.
- Don't say that.

Nobody's snitching on nobody.

It's not gonna happen.

Hey, look, look.
Here's the bottom line, all right?

Stevenson b*at us in court,

so we need to h*t his ass again,
right away.

Now, we can do this shit,
but I'm telling you right now,

I need to lay back some.

I do not want my name

on any of the paperwork.
It's gotta be you two.

- How big?
- Big. Huge.

Two hundred Gs.

- Yeah.
- Two hundred Gs?

At least two hundred Gs.
Shit. We can do this, yo.

We can f*cking do this,
but it's just gotta be us, all right?

Rest of the squad,
they cannot know about this.

We keep this tight. We keep it close.

It's just us. I want your word on that.

- Just us?
- That's right.

Shit. Cool.

You mind if I drink this beer
and stare at some p*ssy?

Or is this night all about business?

- I'm trying, but my man is bugging.
- Right. Facts.

Relax, n*gga. Lighten up!

Stare at whatever the f*ck
you wanna stare at.

Somebody get this man a beer.

I got a f*cking invisibility cloak on me.

Hey, Brandi,
can I get a f*cking wine cooler?

Bondsman arrested in police corruption
probe of city unit,

said to be cooperating

When's my next chance at a phone?
Can I get a chance at a phone?

You want me to get a hold of what now?

The statement of probable cause
for the search of that car.

Why do we need that, man?

Look, I know Jenkins probably wrote it,
but we should at least know

what was in there
since you searched the car, right?

We should look at it before you go
into grand jury.

Just pull the probable cause

before you go down
to the courthouse tomorrow.

- Okay. Okay.
- It's due diligence, that's all.

- I'm sure it's gonna go okay.
- Yeah.

- I'll see you tomorrow.
- All right.

Hey, Sean. You ready?

- You wanna... h*t another stretch?
- Nah.

The best information we have
is that she works the area around Bennett,

- near the expressway.
- Yeah.

Maybe today you get lucky.

You know, it's always tough
to go back on a case a year later.

Givens, Antonio.

Possession with intent,
possession and loitering. Your Honor.

Is a lawyer for Mr. Givens here?

In the hallway, I believe, Your Honor.
Consulting on another case.

Okay. Hold on Givens. Next.

Dupont, Jerrod.

Okay, I gotta ask,
what're we doing here in a District Court?

- Aaron Soler representing Mr. Dupont...
- Look around.

This is an FTA.
What is the original charge?

- Look at it.
- Possession of cocaine

and possession of a g*n, Your Honor.

And this is a second FTA?

Bail is revoked.

- Judge, my client...
- Save it, Mr. Soler.

You get one bite of the FTA apple.

We've built this machine
where half the damn country,

the part with money and power,
chew up the other half

- that didn't have anything to begin with.
- Next.

- Vinson, Deshaun.
- Watch it work.

If this is what we want...

- Possession with intent. Resisting arrest.
- ...then the Freddie Grays...

- Mr. Vinson, you are charged with...
- ...the Eric Garners the Michael Browns

are what we get.

- How do you plead?
- Not guilty.

And every page of whatever court order
we write...

Based on the amount seized, I'm going
to deny bail at this time.

- ...it won't fix it.
- Is that the last of the lockup?

Yes, Your Honor.

Thought you said you didn't make it
your everything.


Bulock, Keandra.
Possession of a concealed w*apon.

Possession with intent.
as*ault a police officer.

So, you even gonna know where to see her?

I got a general description.

Name of Mary?


No last name. No street name. Just...

Just a street whore named Mary
who knows something about the case.

It ain't much, but it's worth
a shake or two, right?

- Hey.
- Hey, Sean.

I can't talk right now.
Take a left on Schroeder.

What the f*ck was that?

What, you saw something?

Where? Down the alley?

You sure you saw something?

A dude wearing leather, squatting down.

Said you saw a jacket
with a white stripe, right?


Sean, man, I think we might have seen
that pile of trash right there.

Mistaken it for a guy all hunched over.

Well, he's gone now.
Or he's gone to ground.

Let's roll back around and see who's here.

ENLawyers - We need to talk.
You have USAO meeting tomorrow am.

Grand Jury tomorrow pm.

Let's swing back in .

In the meantime,
let me show you something.


This was my old post, right here.


Call me back right away.

Nothing like your first post, right?

Let's try out the alley one last time.

Why resign?

Why go that far?

If all you need is a vacation...

Trump's gonna give us that.

Relax, Nic.

This is about more than that.

Wait a minute. So, my orientation ends
with my advisor telling me

we're not doing anything that matters?

That's what you're saying?

I didn't say that.

Then what are you saying?

I'm saying...

It's your turn, f*ck.

f*ck it, Sean, it's : now.
It's quitting time, ain't it?

- You sure you saw something?
- There was movement, yeah.

I saw a guy ducking out of the alley
when we pulled up.

Tell you what, you go up
and around the corner

in case he makes his way out
onto Schroeder.

- All right.
- I'll see if he pops out here.

You got it.

Stop! Police, stop!




This is - - Unit calling Signal
at Bennett and Schroeder.

sh*ts fired. Officer down.
My partner is h*t.

You kinda mentored Wayne Jenkins

- when he first got to plainclothes, right?
- Yeah.

We worked together. I helped break him in.

But... truth is, I wasn't all that close
with Wayne.

So, why would you throw away
your whole career

to plant that BB g*n for him?

I'm talking about
the Antanna Avenue incident?

I didn't come from the greatest home.

When I was coming up, I had brothers.

We were very close
and that's how we got through it.

I got out, joined the m*llitary,
camaraderie again.

Got into the police department,
camaraderie. It's just...

You know, John...

you go into these situations
and there is always

this person right behind you.

So, he called me.
Asked me for help. I did it.

And I threw away everything to do it
because I thought he'd do it for me.

So, you thought of him as a brother?


I consider pretty much most police
I ever work with as a brother.

Out the back!

- Where the f*ck is the ambulance?
- He can't wait. He's bleeding out.

f*ck the ambo. Get him in the back
of a car and drive him to shock trauma.

This can't wait.

- Get his head.
- Get his shoulders.

- Grab his feet.
- Everybody go!

- Move, move!
- Go, go, go, go, go.

Anyone in the scene, hold.

- Description. Height, weight...
- Go, go, go!

I didn't see anyone.

- The sh**t...
- I got here so fast, man.

I could see the g*n smoke above him
where he was laying.

I didn't see anybody.

- But you heard the sh*ts.
- Yeah, I heard three,

maybe four sh*ts.
One of them might have been an echo.

He shouted, "Stop, police."

Then the sh*ts. His leg was still
moving when I got here, man.

I was just coming from the corner. I was
here him within three or four seconds.

Where was the g*n?

Under his right shoulder.

Radio too. When... when backup got here
and we rolled him, he was still holding

his radio in his left hand.

He's fighting a suspect for a g*n
in his right hand,

but doesn't drop the f*cking radio
in his left hand?

Or he h*t the guy with it?

Hines. Yeah, he's here with me.

Wise here.

Jesus. Just now?

Thank you.

Sean Suiter's been sh*t.

He's in shock trauma.

It doesn't look good. Head wound.

We were gonna grand jury him tomorrow.
He's supposed to report at : .

No reason to assassinate him.

Half these guys are pleading,

and the ones who aren't,
are cooked by the ones who are.

Suiter's testimony was in no way critical.

He was told he wasn't a target.

Rayam was gonna...

name him as taking money back in VCID.

Yeah, but is that enough for him to...

Yeah. For a cop, yeah.

An independent review of the death of Sean
Suiter concluded

that the detective took his own life,
intentionally staging the event

as a death in the line of duty.
Others are unconvinced

and homicide remains
the official cause of death.

And also, the right
to be free from incarceration

due to a law enforcement officer's

willful failure to disclose
exculpatory evidence to a prosecutor.

How do you wish to plead to counts one
through six of the superseding indictment?

Guilty, ma'am.

Do you agree, sir, that the statement
of facts is correct?

I do, Your Honor, except there is...

Your Honor, we are agreeing
to the statement of facts

with the exception of one correction.

In the matter of the Burley arrest,

he is not acknowledging
he planted the dr*gs,

although he is acknowledging
he wrote a false report

with respect to another officer
planting those dr*gs.

Noted for the record, Mr. Levin.
We can acknowledge...

We just watched him put that sin
on Ryan Guinn and Sean Suiter.

Well, we know it's not Guinn.

And Suiter's not here
to defend himself at this point.

Any questions at all, sir,
for me or your lawyer

about your guilty pleas or the terms
of your plea agreement?

No, ma'am. Just...

I've... I've made a lot of mistakes here,
Your Honor.

In my life, I make a mistake, I own it.
I say, "I'm sorry."

That's... that's not gonna cut it today.

I want you to know that,

you know, I feel very bad
for the things that I've done.

And that I've lost my chance
to be a father.

To raise my boys.

I'm ashamed of myself, Your Honor.
That's it.

Furthermore, Your Honor,

I would just like to say

that in the nearly years
that I've known Wayne...

- Why would he take that plea?
- ...I can, without uncertainty, say...

I thought he wanted his day in court?

- ...will learn from his mistakes.
- Ask me, it was Stepp, the bail bondsman.

Once he started talking...

- He will use this experience to do better.
- Well. That means Wayne Jenkins

- isn't just a thief.
- Thank you for your time, Your Honor.

- He's a drug dealer.
- Worse, they partied together.

Stepp puts him with strippers and hookers.

This way, he stays a family man.

All rise!

I love you.

Declining to cooperate in any way
that investigators could credit,

Wayne Jenkins is serving years
in federal prison.

This is a dysfunctional police department.

I am telling you as a person who has seen
what a healthy organization looks like.

This is not one of them.

Will the defendant please rise.

Mr. Rayam, considering your cooperation
after your guilty plea,

this court sentences you to twelve years.

Are you blaming this on your predecessors?


this department has had four commissioners
over the last eight years.

So, there hasn't been
continuity in leadership here.

Mr. Gondo, due to your cooperation
after your guilty plea,

the court sentences you to ten years.

All rise.

This is happening now on my watch,

and I am taking responsibility
as the police commissioner.

Mr. Ward and Mr. Hendrix,

having pled guilty and subsequently
cooperated by agreeing to testify

against other officers,

this court sentences you each
to seven years.

I've moved to end plainclothes policing,

and we've undertaken a plan to track
the quality of g*n cases

to see how they fare in court
rather than just tallying stats.

We are already responding.

Mr. Allers, you've been found guilty,

and since you have refused to cooperate,

the court sentences you to fifteen years.

But the federal investigators
say this has been going on for years.

Shouldn't the leadership
of the police department have known?

Well, Justin, speaking for myself
and my team,

we inherited a culture

that looks at accountability
as a four-letter word.

And that's years and years of neglect.

Years and years of chasing
after the two H's, homicide and heroin.

Should someone have known
about this kind of corruption?

- Absolutely. They should have known.
- They should have known?

We should have known.

Three days before the trial of the

g*n Trace Task Force officers,
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis

was fired by the mayor.


The second in command,
Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere,

was accused by a trial witness of
coaching an officer in a police sh**ting.

He denied doing so
and resigned the same day.

Crime is spilling out all over the city,
and we've got to focus.

He denied doing so
and resigned the same day.

And while we are grateful for the efforts
of Commissioner Davis and his team,

we need to move forward
in a new direction.

Commissioner Darryl De Sousa.

Thank you.

Change is coming
to the Baltimore Police Department.

And let me make it clear,
I have zero tolerance for corruption.

We're gonna be doing
proactive constitutional policing.

We're going to enforce
the laws of Baltimore city.

We're going to be very visible.

We're gonna have positive engagement
with the entire community.

A year later, mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded
guilty to conspiracy,

tax evasion and fraud.
She was sentenced to three years.

Your Honor, as a point of law,
it's Mr. Hersl's contention

that he is not guilty
of the charge of extortion

for taking money from citizens
subsequent to their arrest.


He was responsibly taking that money
as an agent of the state, Your Honor.

His crime is instead that of failing
to deliver that money

to the Evidence Control Unit.

Therefore, he is guilty only of theft,
not of extortion or conspiracy.

Novel defense, Mr. Purpura.

As the only two officers to go to trial in
federal court,

Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were
convicted and sentenced

to eighteen years each.

Since the death of Freddie Gray,
the unsuccessful

prosecution of the officers
involved in that case

and the resulting work slowdown by police,
crime in Baltimore has exploded.

Since , the city has averaged well
over slayings a year,

becoming one of the most violent
major cities in the United States.


Police, search warrant.

f*ck! Police!

- Get the f*ck out.
- Shit!


- Get on the floor.
- Down!

What I just say?
Get on the f*cking ground.

- Let's go! Anybody on the second floor?
- Your mother is.

Anybody on second floor?

- Baltimore police!
- Let's go. Who's upstairs?

Baltimore police, search warrant.

- All right, we got a door left.
- No, no, leave that one. That's mine.

Take the hall.

- Oh, we got it, Sarge.
- All righty. Come on.

Let's go.
Search that closet right there. Yeah?

Dag, boy.

Right where your man said.

Big f*cking Wayne.

Oh, Hendrix.
I think I'm getting an erection, man.

- Big f*cking Wayne!
- That's what I'm f*cking talking about.

- You my man, yo.
- This shit ain't stopping.

Check it out. Go through that.

What's that?

Yo, we should... God. Shit.

What you got, Wayne?

Wayne, what you looking at?


We about to eat, f*ck.
Shut that door. Shut the f*cking door.

That's it, put your foot on it.
Stay in front of that shit.

Stay in front of it.
Good. Stand right there. I got you.

Oh, shit. We eating this f*ck.

- Weed f*ck, that's what's up.
- That's what I'm talking about.


Make sure you put your foot
on the f*cking door.

Are you sh1tting me? I'm f*cking bitches.
I don't give a...

I can do what the f*ck I wanna do.
n*gga was hating on me too.

All right.

Jackpot, f*ck.

Come on. You got a half-hour
of daylight all to yourself.

Your time to shine, Jenkins.

Sooner we get you to GenPop,
sooner we can stop babysitting your ass.

Go on and bring it.

- Three-ten to control.
- Copy.

- We got one for the yard.
- Clear.

You that cop from Baltimore, right?

f*ck yeah. Best they had.

That's that f*cking cop.

He up there, yo.

What's going on, LT?

- You ready for them?
- You know. I was born ready.

I'm glad you pulled back
that transfer request.

- And so are the bosses.
- Good.

Let's k*ll 'em d*ad.

Got you.

That's the other thing with being brutal,

not only does it get in the way
of getting good cases.

But b*ating on people,
you're gonna get IAD complaints, files.

Maybe even a reputation,
get enough complaints,

get transferred out of your unit.

And even if you can write
your way out of the hassle,

most police worth a shit can write
their way out of pretty much anything.

Look, it's just...
It gets you the kind of attention,

that only makes it harder to do the job.

If b*ating on people made cases, shit,

I'd tell you, "Go out there
and kick everybody's ass,"

but it just... It does not work. So,
if that's the kind of work you wanna do,

I'm gonna tell you right now,
you're not coming anywhere near my unit.

g*n Trace Task Force,
we are not about that bullshit.

Make no mistake.
We're about getting g*n and dr*gs.

We're about getting the f*ck
that deal the dr*gs and sh**t the g*n.

That's what we do.

That's what we deliver.

g*n Trace Task Force, we get those g*n
and we put 'em on the table.

We get that dope
and we put it on the table.

My unit took g*n off the street
in nine months of work.

We got cases charged.

Every single one of those
went up to Calbert Street.

During that time,
we've kicked in doors.

We got in over a kilo weight of dope.

And coke. Not to mention,
the pills and all else. We took all that,

and we put it on the table.
That's what we do.

That's what we deliver.

That's the job.

And you take care of each other.

I'm proud of you.

Hey! How about that, huh?

Who wants to get some?
I wanna f*cking get some! Let me hear it!

Who wants to get some?

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