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Office of the Comptroller launches new tool to track funds paid out in Gun Trace Task Force settlements

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(WEAA)— Baltimore, MD – The Baltimore City Comptroller's Office has launched a new tool to track settlements paid out to victims of the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF).

The GTTF officers were part of an elite unit within the Baltimore City Police Department charged with racketeering, robbery, extortion, and overtime fraud.

“My goal when I became Comptroller was to bring transparency, accountability and modernization to this office. This tool meets all three of those benchmarks,” Comptroller Bill Henry said. “We have to hold those who abuse our residents and our resources accountable.”

The tracker will allow users to search for individual lawsuits and case numbers, settlement amounts, and officers who have been named in those settlements.

According the city officials, 39 Gun Trace Task Force settlements and claims have been approved by the Baltimore City Board of Estimates and $22,175,073.27 has been paid to victims since 2020.

“The GTTF scandal has wreaked havoc to the public’s trust of the City, as well as our bottom line.” Henry said. “While the legal cases continue to play out, this new tool will memorialize the staggering financial impact. The money from these settlement payouts could have been used to help our City’s residents, our businesses and our social infrastructure.”

Baltimore native, Micarie Kemp has always been passionate about working in the media.