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Baltimore police union reverses position, now telling officers to answer integrity questionnaire from State’s Attorney Mosby

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FILE – Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby, center, leaves a courthouse after Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, was acquitted of all charges in his trial in Baltimore, Thursday, June 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Jessica Anderson
The Baltimore Sun

Reversing earlier guidance, the union that represents Baltimore police officers is now directing its members to answer a new set of questions being posed by prosecutors to identify possible integrity problems.

“Going forward, we very strongly urge all members to answer the questionnaire to the best of your ability,” Lt. Gene Ryan, the president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, said in a statement obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

The statement came after interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle ordered officers to comply with the questionnaire or face disciplinary action.

In March, the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby issued a list of questions for officers who might be called to testify as witnesses in criminal cases. The office asked officers about their internal affairs records, whether they have ever been sued or sued anyone else, whether they have ever been charged with crimes or traffic violations, and whether they have ever received time off from work in exchange for securing evidence in a case.

Prosecutors described the questionnaire as an effort to ensure integrity among testifying officers after they were forced to drop scores of cases involving members of the corrupt police Gun Trace Task Force.

Eight officers on the task force were convicted this year of federal racketeering charges. Critics said some of them should have been flagged for integrity problems long before their federal convictions.

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