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Who Speaks for You?

The Inside Story of the Prosecutor Who Took Down Baltimore's Most Crooked Cops

Leo Wise

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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…

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 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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With punchy writing and accompanied by salient snippets from wiretaps, prosecutor Leo Wise examines how he and his federal team won convictions against a corrupt posse of Baltimore detectives, who robbed drug dealers and bystanders of guns, cash, and narcotics, then divided the loot and sold what they stole. Wise's discussion of the decisions and actions his team took during the investigation, prosecution, and trial give valuable insights into this courtroom battle.

With his memoir of the federal investigation into one of the most corrupt police units in our nation, veteran prosecutor Leo Wise has delivered a precise and prescriptive verdict on our drug war and what it has wrought. Where once 'protect and serve' was the claimed purpose of American law enforcement, what remains now is a predatory and profiteering culture that brings the worst police to their worst moments. The pages of Who Speaks for You? make clear we must change the mission.

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Table of Contents

Author's Notes
Cast of Characters
Prologue: Our Foreperson
Part One: Investigation
1. The Barn
2. The Alameda
3. East 25th Street
4. North Longwood Street
5. The Winnebago Caper
6. Westminster and the U-Store
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Author's Notes
Cast of Characters
Prologue: Our Foreperson
Part One: Investigation
1. The Barn
2. The Alameda
3. East 25th Street
4. North Longwood Street
5. The Winnebago Caper
6. Westminster and the U-Store
7. East Baltimore
8. West Baltimore
9. They're Stealing from Everybody
Part Two: Prosecution
10. Indictment
11. The Legacy Task Force Members
12. The Newcomers
13. New Charges, New Defendants
14. Middle River
Part Three: Trial
15. Getting Started
16. Cops Testifying Against Cops
17. Drug Dealers Testifying Against Cops
18. Geography is Destiny
19. Choices
Afterword
Index
Notes

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Leo Wise

Leo J. Wise (BALTIMORE, MD) is a federal prosecutor in Baltimore, Maryland. He has spent his entire career in public service, serving in all three branches of the federal government and the military. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School.