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Via: CBS

Seventeen Baltimore City police officers and two brothers who own a car repair shop have been charged with conspiring to commit extortion in connection with a scheme in which the repair shop owners paid police officers to arrange for their company, rather than a city-authorized company, to tow vehicles from accident scenes and make repairs.

More than 80 law enforcement officers executed the arrest warrants and two federal search warrants.

“I will not tolerate any criminal activity that undermines the integrity of the Baltimore Police Department and the many sacrifices our officers make each and every day,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III. “And I thank our federal partners for their assistance in this investigation.”

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