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Baltimore's "Monsters"

When crime surged in 2015 after the Freddie Gray protests, Baltimore police were more determined than ever to rack up more arrests and seize more illegal guns from the streets.

The new book, "I Got A Monster," chronicles how that empowered cops on the ‘Gun Trace Task Force’--some of whom had been planting evidence, making illegal arrests and robbing drug dealers for years--to step up their own illicit activities.

We speak to coauthor Brandon Soderberg. This interview originally aired on August 10, 2020.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Brandon Soderberg and Baynard Woods will discuss the book as part of a virtual Writer’s LIVE event, along with New York Times education reporter and author Erica Green and activist Tawanda Jones. The conversation will be moderated by State Senator Jill Carter.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.