August 1, 2017: George N. Ball, Police Chief for Trappe, Maryland, Charged with Two Counts of Misconduct in Office
For Immediate Release
GEORGE N. BALL, POLICE CHIEF FOR TRAPPE, MARYLAND, CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that George N. Ball, Chief of Police for Trappe, Maryland, has been indicted by the Talbot County Grand Jury on two counts of misconduct in office. The charges allege that Chief Ball deliberately mishandled two criminal matters; one involving a theft of jewelry and one involving the illegal possession of a handgun that was reported stolen, for the personal benefit of a personal acquaintance.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Police officers take an oath to uphold the law without prejudice or partiality. Nobody is above the law and any violation of that oath is a betrayal of the public trust and cannot be tolerated.”
Although charged, the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until there is a conviction.