For Immediate Release 6/30/15
This month two Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) Correctional Officers— Kelvin Gibbs and Jemiah Green— were convicted of 2nd Degree Assault. City Corrections Investigative Unit (CCIU) prosecutor, Dana Middleton, tried both cases.
Evidence presented during two days of trial demonstrated that on December 22, 2013, Gibbs brutally assaulted an inmate while at the Baltimore City Detention Center located at 401 East Eager Street. The jury heard that Gibbs and an inmate got into a verbal altercation in the facility’s clinic while the inmate was attempting to obtain medication. As the inmate returned to his housing unit, Gibbs confronted him again. After entering a stairwell, Gibbs, without provocation, punched the inmate in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. As the inmate was on the floor, Gibbs then repeatedly beat him about his body, causing injury.
Jemiah Green, who was convicted on Monday was found guilty of one count of 2nd Degree Assault.
Testimony at trial established that on January 12, 2014, Green was working at the Baltimore City Detention Center when he confronted an inmate for merely looking at the officer. After an exchange of words, Green struck the unsuspecting inmate on the right side of his face with an open hand and then threw him to the ground. As the inmate was on the ground, Green continued to assault him. Another correctional officer then engaged in the altercation, placing his foot on the detainee’s neck.
The attack was caught on surveillance footage.
Green was found guilty in a bench trial. The second officer, who was also charged with 2nd Degree Assault, was acquitted after trial. Sentencing for Green was postponed, pending the outcome of another 1st Degee Assault case involving several BCDC inmates. That matter is currently scheduled for July 21, 2015.
CCIU was established in 2013 at the request of Governor Martin O’Malley to link prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies together to investigate corruption within the Maryland Corrections System. Since CCIU’s inception it has been housed within the State’s Attorneys Office’s Major Investigations Unit (MIU)—which is dedicated to prosecuting violent offenders and criminal organizations. The initiative has produced over a dozen indictments of Department of Public Saftey & Correctional Services (DPSCS) employees including correctional officers, dietary workers— and in one case, a detention center yoga instructor.
“These convictions were truly the result of a collaborative effort” said Gerald Collins, Division Chief of the Major Investigations Unit. “We truly appreciate the contributions made by our partners at the Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services as well as the Maryland State Police to ensure that justice was served in each of these cases.”
“We are going to prosecute everyone equally and fairly according to the law. Our MIU— and the CCIU in particular, have done a wonderful job investigating these cases and there are more to come. I’d like to thank Dana Middleton for her work as well as Shannon Green, Zachary Norfolk, Laura Ruppersberger, and all of the interns that helped Dana prepare for trial. Dana is a very seasoned prosecutor who has been a part of MIU since its inception. ” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.
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