William King and Antonio Murray

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William A. King
Baltimore Police Department
Born 1972 (age 41–42)
Place of birth Abingdon, Maryland [1]
Country United States
Years of service 1992 - 2005[1]
Rank Sworn in as an officer - 1992
Detective
Relations Divorced
Antonio L. Murray
Baltimore Police Department
Born 1971 (age 42–43)
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland
Country United States
Years of service 1992 - 2005
Rank Sworn in as an officer - 1992
Detective
Relations Married, two children

William A. King and Antonio L. Murray are two former Baltimore Police Department officers sentenced to a total of 454 years in prison after an FBI investigation in 2005.[2] The conviction of King and Murray came about due to the Baltimore based Stop Snitchin' campaign in which the two officers were identified on video tape for being involved in drug dealing. Ironically, the case received help from drug dealers, who testified that the two officers were involved in the use of robbery, extortion, and excessive force against various dealers as a means of reselling the drugs for profit on the street.[3] Former police commissioner Leonard Hamm said that "justice was served", and that "People like William King have no place in the Baltimore City Police Department, and never will".

Early lives[edit]

King graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical Senior High School in 1988 and Murray from Lake Clifton High School in 1989.[4] King served in the army from 1988 until 1992 and was a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm.[4]

Careers[edit]

Both officers joined the department in 1992 - Murray in May and King in November.[4] King worked with a number of high-profile Baltimore City Police Department units throughout his career. On May 23, 1994, Murray was shot in the arm and lost his gun during a struggle with an alleged drug dealer.[4] His gun was used to kill a 26-year-old man eight days later.[4] The injuries he suffered from this incident forced Murray off the job for almost two years.[4] After 2004, both King and Murray worked in the department's housing authority unit.[1][4] The police department's internal affairs division started investigating the two officers after receiving several tips. Their investigation was aided by the circulation of the controversial "Stop Snitchin'" DVD.[1]

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