Who Speaks for You?: The Inside Story of the Prosecutor Who Took Down Baltimore's Most Crooked Cops

Leo Wise

Who Speaks for You?: The Inside Story of the Prosecutor Who Took Down Baltimore's Most Crooked Cops
Format
Hardback
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Country
United States
Published
30 May 2023
Pages
256
ISBN
9781421446509

Who Speaks for You?: The Inside Story of the Prosecutor Who Took Down Baltimore’s Most Crooked Cops

Leo Wise

The true story of how federal law enforcement flipped the playbook and convicted a corrupt unit of Baltimore police.

In 2015 and 2016, Baltimore was reeling after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the protests that followed. In the midst of this unrest, the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) roamed the city, robbing people, selling drugs and guns back onto the same streets they were supposed to be policing, and dividing the loot and profit among themselves. Created to trace guns back to the criminals responsible for Baltimore’s high crime rates, instead, on March 1, 2017, all members of the GTTF were arrested on federal racketeering charges.

In Who Speaks for You?, Leo J. Wise, the lead prosecutor in the case, provides an inside look into the investigation and prosecution of this elite and corrupt task force. In the months following their arrest, four defendants pled guilty and agreed to testify against their former partners, leading to more charges being brought against additional officers. Wise shares the unbelievable twists and turns of the case, revealing not only what these officers did but how they were brought to justice. He dramatically recounts how his team put together their case, what happened during the trial and court proceedings, and how his team successfully prosecuted these corrupt police officers. This is his firsthand story of a once-in-a-generation police corruption case told from the perspective of the prosecutor who was intimately involved in every aspect of the investigation.

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