GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS: Robbery, Attempted Robbery and Extortion
Sgt. Thomas Allers’ name didn’t often come up during the corruption trial of Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor from Baltimore Police’s Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). It’s certainly not because his crimes are any less egregious. The argument could be made that in many ways, his was worse.
Because the grandfather and veteran did not cooperate with the feds or profess his innocence to a jury, we are left piecing together Allers’ sordid crimes as head of GTTF for three years.
“Allers’ supporters tell [Judge Catherine Blake] he was an upstanding person and officer. The letters come from family members, former colleagues,” wrote Sun reporter Justin Fenton.
The 15-year sentence dropped on Allers showed that the judge was not moved by the pleas for leniency. Not even with an actual BPD detective writing on his behalf. Det. John Clewell, a GTTF squad member also wrote a letter of support, the Sun reported. His son, Trent Allers also wrote an impassioned plea on his father’s behalf, according to the reporter Justin Fenton.
Allers is a tragic figure, his defense attorney would have people believe. Especially dealing with the likes of ex BPD detectives Momodu Gondo and Jemell Rayam, as reported by Baltimore Sun. The attorney claimed Allers became an “alcoholic and developed mental health problems as a result of his experiences as an officer, ” Fenton reported.
None of which ever seemed to be a problem in the eight months between the arrests of the GTTF squad and when the feds came knocking on his door.
For those unconvinced, here are four solid reasons why Allers is in some ways worse than Gondo (seven year sentence) and Rayam (not yet sentenced). Fifteen years is getting off easy when examining the timeline below of his career at BPD.
What’s almost laughable is Allers’ claim that he was tainted by the bad apples around him and only proves that he just might be the one who is rotten to the core.
- He was the supervisor. The detectives can’t repeatedly steal money and have Allers sign off on what was seized if their supervisor didn’t take part in the scheme (or organize it to begin with.
- It was his squad. He could have pushed to transfer Gondo and/or Rayam.
- He tipped off Gondo and Rayam that the feds were snooping, even though he himself was no longer a part of GTTF.
- He isn’t cooperating (as far as we know) to weed out all of the corruption that remains within BPD.
We are left guessing as to why Allers brought his son along with him as he met up with Rayam and Gondo to burglarize a house. The BPD officers plead guilty to stealing about $8000 each. Furthermore, in pleading guilty, all three agreed that Trent Allers, who was present, took cash as well. No charges have been filed for the younger Allers in the Baltimore County jurisdiction where the robbery/extortion occurred.
Trent Allers has had troubles with the law himself. The younger Allers has a history of DUI, traffic charges as well as a burglary charge in 2016, according to online records.
A TIMELINE FOR THOMAS ALLERS
1996 – Rookie
Thomas Allers joined BPD in July 1996 when Thomas C. Frazier was commissioner. His son Trent was 5 years old.
1997 – He Shot and Killed a Man
As a rookie, Allers, 28, shot and killed an unarmed man when he responded to a domestic dispute. Neighbors on the scene of the April 1997 shooting said the victim Nelson West, 40, was “a good man” and that he “didn’t deserve to die”.
2000-2004 BPD and the Wild Wild West
Stopping black men for walking became the norm. So much so that when DOJ was investigating in 2016, no one even tried to shield the unconstitutional practice. No surprise then It didn’t take long before strip searching men in public and stealing their money and personal property became routine. West Baltimore received the brunt of such wide spread abuses of power.
The brutality on display by plainclothes police was a perfect example of the saying” The cure being much more worse than the disease.
Tumultuous BPD leadership with three commissioners over four years could not have been good for morale or oversight within BPD. Commissioners faced accusations of domestic violence and criminal charges lead them to resigning or being forced out. See the 2004 article below.
2000-2008 Zero Tolerance Policing
Allers was a young officer and among the rank and file tasked with enforcing the “zero tolerance” tactics employed by Mayor Martin O’Malley.
The 1999 death of Larry J Hubbard, shot and killed while unarmed, and settled in 2002 ignited protests against zero tolerance policing. While preparing for trial against the officers involved in shooting the 21-year old in the back of the head, Barry W. Hamilton and Robert J. Quick, the city settled with his family for an undisclosed amount.
2013 – Squad Leader
Allers became the sergeant in charge of GTTF. He would serve in that capacity for three years. His son Trent was about 22 years old.
2014 – Wildin’ Out
Not only had in custody deaths piqued peoples’ interest and the community’s concern, the failure to hold any officer responsible for complaints of excessive force fell on deaf ears. It would be a mistake to say that the lack of transparency and accountability served only to embolden “rogue” officers. By 2014, the culture of “anything goes” had firmly taken root throughout the department and some might argue also spread to the city’s legislative and judicial arms as well.
- March – Allers, along with Rayam and Gondo and the younger Allers executed a search warrant on a home in Baltimore County where about $420k in cash was discovered. They each took about $8,000. Trent Allers was not charged.
- October – Allers along with his GTTF squad stole $3,000 from a store owner in Baltimore City.
2015 Freddie Gray death and Citizen Uprising Against Police Brutality
- April – Thomas Allers and his GTTF squad rob a family of $5700 taken from their home.
- May – Trent Allers takes a shot at being his father’s PR guy. When Freddie Gray was killed and the city exploded in protest, the younger Allers sought media attention to his father by contacting Joe Flacco, The Washington Post and the local Fox news station via a social media account.
- July – After stealing $8,900 from a home in Anne Arundel County and before AAPD showed up, Allers, Gondo and Rayam when to a bar to split up the money, which was their usual protocol.
2016 Allers’ Promotion from GTTF to DEA
Thomas Allers left GTTF for a joint DEA operation and Wayne Jenkins took over leadership of the squad. Commissioner Kevin Davis took over the helm in the summer of 2015 from Anthony W. Batts who was fired for his handling of the uprising. Testimony showed Jenkins was some ways worse than Allers in that he was ruthless with citizens they encountered, brash about the drug dealing, and acted as if he had protection from higher ups.
Never “remorseful” , Allers claimed he was sullied by the likes of Gondo and Rayam over the course of three years. Yet once free of GTTF , Aller’s doesn’t run to the feds about the sordid crimes Rayam or Gondo had committed.
Instead, Allers tipped them off that they were being watched. Feds had a wire in Gondo’s car and on his phone as of July 2016. The brashness was contagious as GTTF crimes extended nearly up until the very day they were arrested.
Meanwhile, the younger Allers posted how hyped he was for the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.
2017 – Dominos Fall and a Homicide Detective is Downed
February – seven members of GTTF were arrested on federal RICO charges, including the Sgt Wayne Jenkins. The indictment spelled out an organized crime operation that spawned at least a decade using Baltimore Police HQ as little more than a front.
The first to plead guilty and cooperate were Hendrix and Ward, followed closely by Rayam and then Gondo. They all four would become government witnesses. The trial was set for January 20
- August – Thomas Allers was arrested, nearly 8 months after mass arrests of GTTF squad. He might have thought he was safe. The court denied bail when he pleaded not guilty. A discussion over whether a 12 page letter was a suicide note or not cemented the judge’s decision to keep Allers in custody
- August – Momodu Gondo testified in open court that he along with Rayam committed an armed robbery of a drug dealer. A GPS tracking device purchased by fellow GTTF Det. John Clewell was used as a way to make sure the home would be unoccupied. It wasn’t. The ski-masked wearing bandits held a frightened woman at gunpoint while stealing money, jewelry, drugs and a gun.
- November – BPD Det Sean Suiter was murdered and died the day he was scheduled to testify against members of the GTTF squad in front of a grand jury.
- December – Allers changed his plea to guilty. He was later sentenced to 15 years. He was last known as being held in a minimum security prison in Florida. His release date is Sept 2030. He will be 61 years old.
- January – Wayne Jenkins plead guilty. He told the court he was “ashamed”, according the Sun.
- Late January – The GTTF trial began.
- February – Both Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were found guilty Gondo, Rayam, Ward and Hendrix would each testify against them.
- August – A review panel paid for by BPD concluded that Det Sean Suiter shot himself in the back of the head fooling even his partner who had been by his side for 2 days. His wife, Nicole Suiter, all of West Baltimore, and maybe half of the rest of the city disbelieve that the panel’s conclusion of suicide.
- November – The one year anniversary of Sean Suiter’s death came and went without any new official suspects or evidence presented to the public.
- December – The medical examiner after reading the panel’s findings has kept its ruling: Homicide. Sean Suiter was murdered.
No one has been held accountable for the unprecedented and unconstitutional lockdown of Harlem Park by BPD in the aftermath/coverup of the fatal shooting of Det. Sean Suiter.