For Immediate Release 1/12/2017
Earlier this week, Stacy Plater, a member of the Baltimore Police Department, was convicted of misconduct in office. Prosecutors assigned to the Public Trust and Police Integrity Unit within the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City successfully prosecuted the case.
On October 8, 2014, Plater— who was employed as a patrol officer with the Baltimore Police Department—attended a Northwest District shift roll call that was also attended by officers assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Public and Border Corruption Task Force. The FBI officer briefed the BPD officers present at the roll call—informing them that the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) was investigating four subjects for suspected drug activity. During the briefing, the FBI officer showed photographs of the subjects of the PGPD investigation to those present at the roll call—including Plater.
The FBI officer showed the photos to the officers at the roll call knowing that Plater had ties to one of the suspects pictured in the photograph. The FBI officer identified the individual with suspected ties to Plater by both his real name and his nick name. The information presented at roll call was a ruse as part of an ongoing integrity check being conducted by the task force.
Plater, unaware that he was the target of the task force’s investigation, asked the FBI officer to see the photograph and then asked if he could keep it.
Shortly after roll call ended, Plater made a phone call to an associate of the suspected drug dealer. This telephone call was intercepted, monitored, and recorded by federal law enforcement officers who had secured a Federal wiretap order. During this telephone call, Plater told the associate that the PGPD were investigating the suspected drug dealer, and asked the associate to get in touch with the suspected drug dealer to set up a meeting at a barbershop in Baltimore.
In a series of subsequent telephone calls between Plater and others, Plater discussed the fact that the suspected drug dealer was a target in an ongoing investigation by law enforcement. Based on this evidence, he was charged and convicted of misconduct in office.
“I commend our federal law enforcement partners on their role in developing this solid case,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Corrupt officers make it harder and more dangerous for upstanding officers committed to doing their jobs. This conviction is a testament to the fact that no one is above the law.”