Peter Hermann has a good story in the Sun about the potential for corporation between police and prosecutors.
In my last post on this, people asked for examples of why Jessamy was no good. I give some in my book, Cop in the Hood. And Hermann provides more examples of the typical B.S. that came from her office:
Another minor and long-forgotten skirmish in what has been a years-long war between Jessamy and most if not all of the six police commissioners who ran the department during her 15-year tenure as Baltimore's elected top prosecutor.Read the whole story here.
She kept a list of officers she deemed untrustworthy and unable to take the witness stand, effectively ending their careers, even if nothing was ever proved.
She once required a minimum 30 rocks of crack cocaine or vials of heroin to bring a felony drug charge.
And she had a standing practice of not prosecuting homicides and some other crimes in which police had only one witness, even if there was other evidence.
[In one case] Her staff agreed to a plea deal and a suspended sentence ... even though the victim begged to testify at a trial.... The suspect got out of jail [and two-years later was] charged with robbing three women at gunpoint and abducting a college student.
A few months ago, a prosecutor dropped a robbery charge against a man.... The suspect was later charged with fatally stabbing Johns Hopkins researcher Steven Pitcairn in Charles Village.
Now Everything Jessamy said and did wasn't crazy. Sometimes she was right. Sometimes police are deserving of criticism and need a little slap to keep them honest and grounded in reality. But it's possible to criticize police and still be pro-police. Jessamy wasn't. With her constant harassment, Baltimore cops didn't work better. We get demoralized and wondered why we're putting our life on the line. I worked hard and her office let people walk. Why bother?
Think about this: Al Sharpton is at times a lying libelous self-aggrandizing anti-police buffoon. But the NYPD probably does a better job because of his existence. Still, I wouldn't want Al Sharpton to be District Attorney (New York's equivalent of the State's Attorney). Baltimore doesn't have an Al Sharpton. Maybe it needs one, but that anti-police attitude shouldn't come from the Office of State's Attorney.
She's the prosecutor. She's supposed to partner with police and be anti-criminal.