Two Baltimore police officers indicted for assault, weapons charges
Two Baltimore Police Department officers were indicted this week in separate incidents, prosecutors announced on Thursday.
Both situations included indictments on alleged conduct issues against male officers with nearly two decades of service.
2 veteran police officers indicted on accusations of misconduct https://t.co/TObcE3QsdI
— WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore (@wbaltv11) March 16, 2023
Being held accountable
"Our city has gone through a lot in terms of our relationships with the police, consent decree, and we have to rebuild trust," Baltimore City State's Attorney Ivan Bates said.
"You decided to protect and serve. You have to protect and serve with integrity, and we're going to change the culture, and you will be held accountable," he added.
NEWS: Baltimore City State's Attorney Ivan Bates announces 2 Baltimore Police Officers have been indicted -- on separate issues.
One is accused of sexual harassment -- the other is accused of pulling out his gun at a bar during a dispute over the tab. https://t.co/6Q2TovXSUy
— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) March 16, 2023
Fox-5 Baltimore revealed that the cases involved the indictments of BPD Officer Walter Wilson and BPD Sergeant Larry Worsley.
Wilson's case involved claims of sexual harassment involving another officer.
Court records stated testimony that he "... ran his right hand with an open palm down Officer back, slowly over her buttocks, then brushed her buttocks with his hand multiple times."
The incident was allegedly captured on the officer's body camera, according to the report.
2 Baltimore Police Officers Indicted For Misconduct, Assault: Reports this in the robot https://t.co/fqTkwldyqT
— Stephen Copeland (@Stephen86837705) March 17, 2023
Worsely's case involves gun charges related to an assault while off duty at a bar on March 3.
The officer reportedly had three drinks at the establishment, during which he became physical with another female and pulled out his gun to argue that he was not paying his bar tab.
He was picked up by police after leaving the bar and found with a .40 caliber handgun, according to the indictment.
Worsley is charged with first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, theft, and disorderly intoxication.
"These allegations in these indictments are unacceptable for anyone in our city, but especially for our law enforcement officers," Bates said during the press conference.
"Such actions further erode public trust in the badge and do incredible disservice to the majority of the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department who protect and serve our city every day with integrity," he added.