Federal Prosecutors Fighting Against Former Baltimore Officer Attempts To Overturn Conviction

Federal prosecutors are fighting against Daniel Hersl's claims of innocence.

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DENISE KOCH: Firing back. Federal prosecutors say a convicted former member of the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force admitted to stealing from citizens. Despite still, claiming his innocence. Hello, everybody. I'm Denise Koch.

VIC CARTER: And I'm Vic Carter. The GGTF corruption scandal became the largest in Baltimore Police history. And for years, former officer Daniel Hersl maintained he never robbed citizens.

DENISE KOCH: But prosecutors have now made public an interview Hersl granted them where he admitted taking money from victims multiple times.

VIC CARTER: WJZ investigator Mike Hellgren is live at City Police headquarters with the follow-up. Mike.

MIKE HELLGREN: Vic, Denise. This interview was never brought up during Hersl's trial or his initial appeal, and it contradicts multiple letters Hersl wrote, saying he was always a clean cop.

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Daniel Hersl, who's serving an 18-year prison sentence for crimes committed while part of the disgraced Gun Trace Task Force, has maintained his innocence. But in a new court filing, federal prosecutors say Hersl admitted to taking money six times. And in a rare move, they made public for the first time excerpts of Hersl's August 2017 interview with prosecutors and the FBI what's called a proffer session that took place before his trial.

ADAM RUTHER: It's unusual because most of the time, people in the defendant's position understand that if they say something different now after having done that interview, that the government is then going to be able to use that interview against them.

MIKE HELLGREN: In the interviews, Hersl admits taking money from one victim on Penn and North and using it to buy lunch for fellow officers, admits he stole money from a police fund used to pay confidential informants--

- Sir, do you want to say your rights?

MIKE HELLGREN: --covered for GTTF ringleader Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, who was stealing massive amounts of drugs, and even that he took a Chanel purse while exercising a search warrant on Boston Street. Prosecutors wrote, "Hersl is lying when he tells the court that the defendant did not admit to taking money from any of the victims portrayed at the trial. He did over and over again during his second interview with the Government.

Herzl wrote from prison, and letters first reported by WJZ that he was a good cop working with bad cops, and repeatedly said he never stole from anyone.

ADAM RUTHER: It's just sort of a last ditch effort that the detected [? person ?] seems to be making.

[MUSIC - YOUNG MOOSE, "TIRED]

- Detective Hersl he a [MUTED], I swear to God he ain't right.

MIKE HELLGREN: Hersl is also currently being sued by Baltimore rapper Young Moose, who says the officer repeatedly harassed him and planted drugs on him.

MANDY MILIMAN: Whenever Mr. Evans would ask, "Why are you doing this to me?", Officer Hersl would point to his badge and say, "Because I can."

MIKE HELLGREN: And Hersl also argued that his lawyer did not spend enough time on his case because he was busy defending drug kingpin El Chapo at the same time. Reporting from Baltimore City Police Headquarters, Mike Hellgren, "WJZ."