Wayne Jenkins began his career with the Baltimore Police Department in 2003 as a beat cop, patrolling the city’s streets. Jenkins was involved in numerous arrests on the streets of Baltimore during his time there, many of which resulted in the wounding of the people he arrested. He was charged with two charges of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering, aiding and abetting, racketeering, two counts of aiding and abetting robbery, and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime in February 2017.
WOTC investigates the acts of ex-Baltimore police Sergeant Wayne Jenkins and his team of plainclothed officers in the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). The new HBO true-crime drama starring Jon Bernthal as Jenkins follows Jenkins’ ascent through the ranks of the city’s police force and final detention following a two-year federal investigation into the GTTF.
During the incident, a bystander named George Sneed was assaulted by officer Robert Cirello, who shattered his jaw, prompting Sneed to file a lawsuit. Jenkins and his fellow cops claimed at the trial four years later that the witness had been hurling bottles at them, but security camera evidence examined at the trial proved Jenkins’ claim was false.
Sneed’s attorney, Michael Pulver, concluded that the officers “made this story to disguise the fact that they willfully attacked and wrongly detained and imprisoned Mr. Sneed,” according to Fenton. Despite this, Jenkins maintained his high standing with superiors, and when Fries was promoted in 2007, he decided to give Jenkins a boost as well because he was “the best officer he had serving under his command.”
Jenkins was frequently “caught in a lie” when delivering proof before a jury, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton’s book “We Own This City,” on which the HBO series is based, but no complaints were filed against him. Jenkins and Sergeant Michael Fries, for example, got into a fight with brothers Robert and Charles Lee in January 2006 after they continued to drink beer in front of their grandmother’s house despite police officers told them to stop.