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2 Baltimore Officers Suspended In Connection With Department’s Latest Scandal

Police officers clear the street after protestors blocked traffic on the first day of pretrial motions for six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Bryan WoolstonPolice officers clear the street after protestors blocked traffic on the first day of pretrial motions for six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

The Baltimore Police Department suspended two more officers who might have connections with the seven officers indicted on racketeering charges.

The two officers, who will not be named, have been suspended with pay, according to Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith. They will remain on administrative duty until an internal investigation completes.

The officers are not facing criminal charges, but Smith would not explain the connection between the two officers and the seven other officers who were indicted on federal charges.

Seven Baltimore police officers face federal racketeering charges after it was revealed they allegedly routinely robbed citizens, lied on overtime documents and falsified official documents. All of them pleaded not guilty to the charges. (RELATED:Judge Locks Up Disgraced BPD Officers, Ruling They Are A Danger To The Public)

In one instance, the officers reportedly stole $1,500 from a maintenance worker who intended to use the money for his rent. Another officer received overtime pay when he was really on a family vacation in South Carolina.

“This is not a case of overzealous policing. These are robberies and extortion,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise.

Police Commissioner Ken Davis announced the end of plainclothes policing in light of the scandal. Six of the indicted officers worked on a plainclothes squad.

“I’m not a big fan of these modified uniforms, these tactical vests, the T-shirts, the jeans, the baseball caps,” Davis told The Baltimore Sun. “I don’t think it represents our profession the way it should, and I’m doing away with it.”

Davis told 100 of the officers to get back into uniform.

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