Wes Adams: Not enough evidence to support charging officer in missing money case

| July 13, 2017
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The City of Annapolis is facing another lawsuit alleging that an officer falsely detained a man, and subsequently stole $1,500 of his money. The City reimbursed the victim for the $1,500 claiming they were unsure if the money was stolen or misplaced. However, according to The Capital, the police report indicates the officer in question placed the money in his hat.

The officer faced no charges and it is unknown if he faced any internal discipline. The officer in question, resigned from the force a few days before notice of the lawsuit.

The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney, Wes Adams, has released a statement claiming that there was not enough evidence to prosecute the officer.

“My office was contacted by the City of Annapolis Police Department on June 9 to discuss an ongoing internal investigation by the Annapolis Police Department as well as to review evidence of alleged wrongdoing related to an Annapolis City Police Officer as it related to a missing sum of money.
My office reviewed the evidence and determined that there was not sufficient evidence that was admissible in a criminal proceeding to support charges against the police officer.
We do not take lightly our responsibility to investigate and to evaluate evidence of wrongdoing.  When there is sufficient evidence to support criminal charges, even if against a police officer, we will not hesitate to prosecute the person charged with wrongdoing.
In this instance, there is insufficient legal evidence to support criminal charges of wrongdoing.”
The story was first reported by The Capital which had a follow up article; and most recently, an editorial.
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