Twenty-five Maryland corrections officers and workers have been indicted on prices they used extreme drive, intimidation, proof tampering and different felony measures to make sure their tactical unit maintained “dominance of its operational territory” in state-run jails, Baltimore State’s Legal professional Marilyn J. Mosby stated Tuesday, the Baltimore Sun reports. The indictment of Baltimore Central Regional Tactical Unit members on 236 counts — together with first-degree assault, participation in a felony gang and misconduct in workplace — pushes to greater than 200 the variety of Maryland corrections officers, inmates and civilian accomplices who’ve been criminally charged in jail corruption instances in 4 years.
These indicted Tuesday embrace the tactical unit’s supervisor and about half its membership. The group is tasked with responding to incidents and sustaining order in state services. Mosby stated the newest prices stemmed from an investigation launched final yr after “rumors and anecdotes” have been relayed relating to abuses by the unit. The probe “divulged a number of examples of extreme drive utilized in opposition to detainees at totally different services, which in the end led to the invention of a felony enterprise functioning throughout the tactical unit,” Mosby stated. Corrections officers labored with prosecutors to construct a case in opposition to the officers, lots of whom have been positioned on administrative depart final yr however solely arrested Tuesday. No less than 25 detainees have been recognized as victims, with investigators gathering data from surveillance footage and interviews with corrections workers. Appearing Capt. Kevin Hickson, 49, the tactical unit’s supervisor, was accused of being the “organizer, supervisor, promoter and supervisor” of the felony enterprise and outlined 47 incidents by which he or different members of his group assaulted detainees.