|Thursday, February 24, 2011 – Steve Fermier|
|City police are moving officers from foot patrols in targeted areas to motor patrols to fill the shoes in the wake of yesterday’s mass arrests in a federal corruption probe.
It’s to make up for the arrest or suspension of 31 uniformed officers who are accused in a federal investigation into alleged kickbacks to officers from a Rosedale auto body and towing shop.
The arrests started yesterday.
The US Attorney’s office in Maryland disclosed that 17 city officers were suspected of taking bribes involving the Majestic garage in Rosedale.
City police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said suspension hearings are underway today at headquarters.
The officers facing charges are being deprived of their police powers and will be ons suspension without pay, Guglelmi said.
Officers were accused by the FBI of taking $300 dollars per accident for sending the victims to the Majestic garage to get a tow or have body work done.
Guglielmi said additional arrests are expected today.
Members of the Community Stabilization Unit, primarily engaged in foot patrols, are being reassigned in the meantime, Guglielmi said.