One-quarter kudo to the Baltimore Police Department, through whose efforts we get this week's corrupt cop. Because of a history of problems with Baltimore Police planting evidence and then arresting suspects, the department two years ago began to check up on its officers. Using what it called "integrity stings," the department sometimes leaves bags of drugs and/or cash for officers to find, then watches what they do with them.

Officer Jacqueline Folio, an 18-year veteran of the force, fell for it last Thursday. She picked up a bag of cash and drugs left by the department's internal affairs unit, put it in her pocket, and within minutes reported arresting an 18-year-old Baltimore man for possessing the drugs and cash. In her arrest report, Folio wrote that she saw the young man place the bag behind a bush, but internal affairs detectives were watching and said the arrested man was never near the bag.

Folio is now on administrative duty and has lost her police powers pending the outcome of the department's internal investigation. No criminal charges have been filed.

Leon Burgess, the young man falsely arrested by Folio, told the Baltimore Sun that he felt his rights had been violated. Just another day in the drug war.

One-quarter kudo to the Baltimore Police Department, through whose efforts we get this week's corrupt cop. Because of a history of problems with Baltimore Police planting evidence and then arresting suspects, the department two years ago began to check up on its officers. Using what it called "integrity stings," the department sometimes leaves bags of drugs and/or cash for officers to find, then watches what they do with them.

Officer Jacqueline Folio, an 18-year veteran of the force, fell for it last Thursday. She picked up a bag of cash and drugs left by the department's internal affairs unit, put it in her pocket, and within minutes reported arresting an 18-year-old Baltimore man for possessing the drugs and cash. In her arrest report, Folio wrote that she saw the young man place the bag behind a bush, but internal affairs detectives were watching and said the arrested man was never near the bag.

Folio is now on administrative duty and has lost her police powers pending the outcome of the department's internal investigation. No criminal charges have been filed.

Leon Burgess, the young man falsely arrested by Folio, told the Baltimore Sun that he felt his rights had been violated. Just another day in the drug war.

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