HBO’s ‘We Own This City‘ follows the story of the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force of the Baltimore Police Department. The present depicts plenty of cases through which the members of the GTTF commit atrocious abuses of energy to counterpoint themselves. Central to the narrative is Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, who heads the duty power and commits an astounding variety of crimes together with promoting medication seized on their raids.
As the investigation into the corrupt actions delves deeper, the complete police division feels the consequences. Near the tip of the present, we get some fascinating particulars concerning the senior management of the BPD as properly. Though Dean Palmere isn’t entrance and center of the narrative, he does play a job inside the quagmire. Considering loads of ‘We Own This City’ attracts from precise life, let’s take a look at the place Dean Palmere is now.
Who is Dean Palmere?
Dean Palmere is a former Baltimore Police Department official who held administration roles inside the division all through the time that corrupt members of the Gun Trace Task Force had been rampantly committing crimes. After spending years working in plainclothes gadgets himself (the GTTF was a plainclothes unit), Palmere served as a result of the Deputy Baltimore Police Commissioner for five years. Due to his administration place at a time when plenty of crimes had been devoted inside the division, his determine received right here up inside the GTTF investigation.
In 2020, he knowledgeable members of a state Commission to Restore Trust in Policing that he was unaware of the illegal actions being carried out by members of the division. He acknowledged that he had in no way obtained intimations from inside affairs in regards to the actions. At the time when the GTTF officers had been indicted in 2017, Palmere didn’t ask the supervisors beneath him, who had labored intently with the indicted officers, to conduct a radical overview. Later, he outlined his actions, saying: “At the time, I didn’t really think about it, because you’re handling other day-to-day operations and the investigation was still pending.”
However, prosecutors took a singular view of the matter, and court docket docket filings revealed one lawsuit which talked about: “Dean Palmere oversaw many of the BPD’s plainclothes units throughout his tenure and had actual or constructive knowledge of the Officer Defendants’ misconduct, yet he did nothing to stop their practices.” It was moreover launched up inside the charge hearings that he had a direct line to Wayne Jenkins, though Palmere denied it. Another damning allegation received right here from Momodu Gondo’s testimony, throughout which the convicted former GTTF officer claimed that Palmere “coached” detective Jemell Rayam on one of the simplest ways to look innocent after the latter fatally shot an individual. Rayam can be one in every of many convicted GTTF officers.
Over his prolonged career with the BPD, Palmere labored inside the organized crime division and led the Violent Crimes Impact Division (VCID). He was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 2013 under Anthony Batts and continued inside the place even after Kevin Davis took over as Commissioner in 2015. It is value noting that prosecutors in no way immediately accused Palmere of wrongdoing. However, a civil lawsuit was filed in opposition to him as part of the federal lawsuit in opposition to the BPD and members of the GTTF, and Palmere moreover appeared as a defendant in plenty of lawsuits on “pattern and practice” violations of civil rights by the BPD.
Where is Dean Palmere Now?
Dean Palmere launched his retirement from the facility in 2018. At the time, the federal racketeering trial in opposition to the GTTF officers was ongoing and the announcement received right here on the an identical day that Gondo testified that Palmere had knowledgeable officers what to say in order to avoid punishment after ending up a lethal capturing. The former Deputy Commissioner denied the allegations and talked about that he had educated higher-ups about his plans to retire two weeks beforehand.
Palmere’s current whereabouts don’t seem to have been shared with most of the people and it seems to be like like he’s deciding on to remain out of most of the people eye. However, he did level out that the GTTF scandal is one factor that bothers him daily, persevering with: “It’s not how I wanted my legacy or family legacy to end. It’s just tragic what these guys did.”