February 10, 2014 -- A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury convicted Baltimore Police Department Officers Marinos Gialamas and Anthony Williams today for their respective roles in an assault on a man in their custody.
On October 27, 2011, police observed Antoine Green take part in a suspected drug transaction and began to pursue him on foot. Green fled and, in his attempt to escape, ultimately broke into a home in 2200 block of Prentiss Place in East Baltimore. He claimed that he thought the house was vacant. It was not. Instead, a woman shared it with her seven-year-oldchild. The resident called 911 as well as her boyfriend, Officer Anthony Williams.
Police responded to the breaking and entering call, promptly arrested Greene, and then placed him in a transport vehicle, which began to pull away so that Green could be taken to Eastern District and, ultimately, Central Booking. However, a short time later, Sgt. Gialamas called for Greene to be returned to the house in Prentiss Place, where Green was assaulted.
The jury found Gialamas guilty of misconduct - nonfeasance and not guilty of second-degree assault and misconduct - malfeasance. They could not reach a consensus on the charge of misconduct - misfeasance. The jury convicted Williams of second-degree assault and obstructing and hindering the internal affairs investigation.
The misconduct charges alleged that Gialamas, as a public official acting in his official capacity, committed a wrongful act (malfeasance); committed a lawful act in a wrongful manner (misfeasance); and failed to perform an act that was required by the duties of his office (nonfeasance).
Gialamas and Williams are scheduled for sentencing on, respectively, March 24, 2014, and April 16, 2014. Second-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison; misconduct and obstructing and hindering are common law crimes with no maximum penalty.
“As this case demonstrates yet again, we are committed to aggressively prosecuting law enforcement officers who violate the law they swore to uphold,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said.
“We hold every member of our force to the highest professional and ethical standards. That’s what the people of Baltimore expect and deserve, and it is what I demand. We thank and commend the individuals in the Internal Affairs Division and the State's Attorney's Office for thoroughly investigating and successfully prosecuting this matter,” Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said. “We will continue to work toward reforming the organization and holding our officers accountable.”