Baltimore Judge Releases Several Correctional Officers Accused Of Assaulting Inmates In Corruption Scandal

CBS Local 3 days ago
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Around 100 people packed the courtroom on the second floor of Courthouse East to show support for the 25 correctional officers indicted this week.

Many were family members who gasped and wept when they saw them brought before the judge in orange prison jumpsuits with their arms and legs shackled.

Those officers worked for a tactical unit within the state-run prison system and many are accused of assaulting inmates while on the job.

Prosecutors told Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Friedman the case is “historic” and argued that many of the officers are dangerous and should not be released pending trial.

In many of the cases, Judge Friedman said while she understood the seriousness of the charges—calling them “very disturbing”—she did not feel the officers were a danger to the general public. She noted that their crimes all occurred while at work. “I can assure you,” she told Officer Devon Telp, “You are going to be watched very closely. I’m not playing.” She then ordered his release. 

She set a bail for Sgt. Monte Williams. “I don’t think these are men running around the streets of Baltimore wreaking havoc,” she said.

 

Prosecutors said the officers would shake down inmates, retaliate against them and use illegal, excessive force. They described how one inmate had his jaw broken and another had his wrist fractured.

 

These officers were part of the Baltimore Central Regional Tactical Unit brought in to respond when there were problems in various facilities in Baltimore.

 

Defense attorney Warren Brown represents an officer who has yet to be arrested. He called the massive security presence at their bail reviews “overkill.” 

 

Brown described to WJZ how some of the officers were called to a meeting Tuesday then placed into custody without warning.

Their next court appearances are scheduled for January 2020.

 

WJZ has reported extensively on efforts over the past decade to crack down on corrupt correctional officers. That includes multiple convictions after a scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center in 2013. The Black Guerilla Family gang had taken over the lock-up and some inmates would order crab cakes and cigars from their cells. Several of the inmates also impregnated officers.

 

There have also been cases brought against inmates and officers in Jessup this year.


Source link
Read also:
Washington Times › 2 months ago
Two prison inmates have been disciplined after the discovery a suspected piece of dried nasal mucus in a pan of gravy that was served to inmates and staff at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury.
ABC News › 2 days ago
A prosecutor says an investigation that led to the indictment of 25 correctional officers in Baltimore started in 2018 with “rumors and anecdotes” about excessive force against jail inmates
The New York Times › 2 days ago
A judge in Baltimore has agreed to release from custody a group of correctional officers charged with using excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in the city.
ABC News › 2 days ago
A judge in Baltimore has agreed to release from custody a group of correctional officers charged with using excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in the city
The Week › 1 month ago
More than 450 non-violent inmates were released from prisons in Oklahoma on Monday, as part of the largest mass commutation in United States history. On Friday, 527 inmates had their sentences commuted, and all but 65 walked free on Monday; the inmates...
CBS Local › 1 month ago
Correctional Officer Janel Griffin pleaded guilty Friday to a federal racketeering charge for participating in a scheme to smuggle contraband into the Maryland Correctional Institute in Jessup.
CBS Local › 2 weeks ago
A 29-year-old correctional officer from Baltimore has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for bribery and drug smuggling, the city state's attorney's office said Thursday.
Fox News › 1 month ago
Police in Michigan are investigating after two female correctional officers were found dead Friday in a Kingsley home.
Fox News › 1 month ago
Two Kentucky correctional officers pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges in connection with the assault and subsequent coverup of a handcuffed detainee, the Department of Justice said.
ABC News › 3 weeks ago
Officials in Maryland say four correctional officers have been injured trying to break up a prison fight
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR