Is the FBI's cover about to be blown? – Bad Cops, Episode 5, BBC World Service podcast

Agent Jensen suspects the Task Force may be onto her investigation. It’s time to pull the trigger.

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In Baltimore, Maryland, an elite group of plainclothes officers called the Gun Trace Task Force gets hundreds of illegal guns off the streets every year. Secretly, however, these detectives are also robbing people, selling drugs, planting evidence and framing innocent people. When some of the officers go too far, it triggers an FBI investigation that reveals the Gun Trace Task Force as one of the most corrupt police squads in American policing history.

Jessica Lussenhop tells the story of the rise and fall of this once-powerful unit of officers, and its leader Sergeant Wayne Jenkins. And she asks: why do good cops go bad?

Bad Cops is a podcast from the BBC World Service
Written and presented by Jessica Lussenhop
Programme mixed by Neil Churchill
Additional mixing by James Beard
Producer: Ben Crighton
Editor: Richard Vadon

Trial exhibit photos provided by FBI / United States Attorney’s Office (USAO).

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