The Baltimore City Grand Jury returned indictments yesterday against three correctional
officers, Sergeant Kwasi Ramsey, Sergeant Jemiah Green, and Officer Richard Hanna, who
on September 30, 2013, allegedly conspired with one another to execute a series of assaults
against incarcerated inmates the morning after a fellow officer had been attacked, announced
the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. Sergeant Green was also indicted, along with
Lieutenant Michael Foy, for a separate assault on an inmate that allegedly took place on
January 12, 2014.
According to the indictment, during the early evening of September 29, 2013, inmates
allegedly assaulted a correctional officer working in the Maryland Reception, Diagnostics and
Classification Center (MRDCC). Several inmates were believed to be responsible for the
attack, and they were relocated from their housing dorm to other locations at the facility.
The next morning, Sergeant Ramsey, Sergeant Green, and Officer Hanna are alleged to have
carried out a series of assaults on at least five separate victims, moving from one cell in one
section to the next. According to the indictment, the correctional officers allegedly kicked
and punched the inmates and used handcuffs, radios, and mace in the course of the attack.
The indictment returned by the Grand Jury also alleges that Sergeant Ramsey instructed
several of the victims to claim that they had fallen from their bunks or that they had injured
themselves in order to obtain medical treatment for the injuries sustained during the assault.
All three men are charged with conspiracy, multiple counts of assault in the first- and
second-degree, and misconduct in office.
Several of the inmates who were victims of the alleged assaults by Sergeant Ramsey, Sergeant
Green, and Officer Hanna have already themselves been indicted for the assault that
allegedly took place the previous night.
In a separate indictment also returned yesterday, the Baltimore City Grand Jury charged
Sergeant Jemiah Green and Lieutenant Michael Foy with assaulting an inmate on January 12,
2014, at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center (BCBIC).
“We created the City Correctional Investigative Unit to root out gang activity and other
wrongdoing in Baltimore correctional facilities,” Governor O’Malley said. “Today’s action is
important, and we will continue to focus aggressively on the safety and integrity of jails and
“Our Internal Investigative Unit detectives were on this case immediately, and made sure to
bring in CCIU and the State’s Attorney’s Office right away,” said Department of Public
Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) Secretary Gregg Hershberger. “We expect all of
our officers to conduct themselves honorably and with integrity. Those who do not will be
State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein said, “Thanks to the full cooperation of DPSCS, and the
diligent work of the detectives and prosecutors assigned to this case, we are one step closer
to ensuring that those who abused their authority are held accountable.”
The investigation was jointly conducted by the City Correctional Investigative Unit (CCIU),
the Intelligence Unit and the Internal Investigative Unit (IIU) of the Department of Public
Safety and Correctional Services, which first brought the matter to the attention of
prosecutors and cooperated fully throughout the investigation of the case.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. A person is innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The Major Investigations Unit is responsible for the prosecution of these cases.