Md. police 'integrity sting' unravels due to inconsistencies

Questions arose over whether investigators had searched officer's locker before obtaining a warrant


By Justin Fenton
Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — Criminal charges against a Baltimore police officer fell apart last month after questions arose over whether internal investigators had searched his locker before obtaining a warrant, among a number of other questions and inconsistencies, according to a review of documents.

Police have confirmed that two supervisors in the internal affairs division's ethics unit have been transferred since misconduct and theft charges were dropped Nov. 24 against Officer Michael Sylvester, a four-year veteran charged after an "integrity sting." At the time, prosecutors gave no explanation of the reason for dropping the case, but The Baltimore Sun obtained investigative documents through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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