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Feds asked to probe Maryland political enemies list

ANNAPOLIS — The Anne Arundel County police department’s second-in-command says he’s asked for a federal probe of the department.

Deputy Police Chief Lt. Col. Emerson C. Davis revealed the request while testifying before the County Council on Monday. Davis told council members he asked for the probe after last month’s indictment of County Executive John Leopold. The charges against Leopold include allegations the county executive directed his taxpayer-funded security detail to perform personal and political tasks, including compiling dossiers on political enemies. Leopold has said he would fight the charges and plans to remain in office.

Davis said he has not received a response to the request made about 10 days ago.

A request for comment from the Justice Department by The Associated Press was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.