25 Baltimore corrections officers indicted for allegedly leading a ‘criminal enterprise’ and using excessive force

Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, right, speaks during a news conference announcing the indictment of correctional officers, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Baltimore. Twenty five correction officers, most of whom were taken into custody earlier in the day, are charged with using excessive force on detainees at state-operated Baltimore pretrial correctional facilities. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

More than two dozen Baltimore corrections officers have been indicted on charges related to using excessive force toward and intimidating detainees, officials announced Tuesday.

The 25 officers of the Baltimore Central Regional Tactical Unit face 236 counts, including conspiracy to promote and maintain a criminal organization by unlawful means, participation and conspiracy to participate in a criminal gang, first and second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit misconduct in office, and other related charges, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told reporters during a news conference.

“If you break the law and you break the trust the public has placed within you, you will face the consequences,” Mosby said.

The indictments stem from a long-term investigation, led by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, into allegations of excessive force toward and intimidation of inmates in state-run pre-trial facilities, Mosby said.

Investigators discovered that the officers were operating a “criminal enterprise” and their actions are alleged to have included violent assaults, tampering with and destroying evidence and falsifying official public documents to maintain dominance and shield its members from law enforcement, Mosby said.

“We are again making clear that we have absolutely no tolerance whatsoever for corruption of any kind in our state prison system or anywhere else in state government,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “Our correctional officers have one of the most difficult jobs in all of public safety, and we will not let the criminal behavior of the few tarnish the great work of the nearly 5,000 dedicated officers who serve with distinction every single day.”

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