By: Colby Wonacott
Contributing Writer For Telegraph Local
25 members of the Baltimore Central Regional Tactical Unit are indicted on 236 separate criminal counts said by State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
Counts like, “participating in a criminal gang” “excessive force” 1st & 2nd-degree assault'” “misconduct in office” have been brought down after a long term investigation by the DPSCS.
Baltimore Central Regional Tactical Unit was the unit that was under investigation. After multiple rumors that excessive force & abuse has been used in the jails since 2016, it caused the DPSCS to start an investigation about a year ago. Those indicted include the Tactical Unit Supervisor (Kevin Hickson) and almost half of his underlings. Kevin Hickson has been accused of being the organizer, promoter, and manager of the gangs’ enterprise. He is facing up to 150 years.
The Baltimore Central Regional Tactical Unit was created to maintain “order’ throughout the jail facilities.
When investigating specific isolated incidents dating a few years back, the team of investigators discovered there was a criminal organization going on within the jails. Robert Green, secretary of the state corrections department, called the allegations “disturbing” and noted the investigation is ongoing.
“This case represents our strong effort to root out people who don’t belong in the field of public safety and rehabilitation,” Green said.
“This is a disturbing case, but it does not and should not cast a shadow on the commitment and integrity of the exceptional correctional professionals in this department.”
This same jail in downtown Baltimore has been under major fire dating back to 2013 when prosecutors indicted people in the jail including officers.
And in October 2016, federal agents indicted 80 people in the largest prison corruption case in Maryland history. Corrections officers and inmates were charged with smuggling heroin, cocaine, cellphones, and pornography into the Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County on the Eastern stated by Phil Davis & Kevin Rector.
Baltimore State Attorney Mosby said, 21 out of the 25 have been arrested so far as of Tuesday afternoon. The arrested officers were already on administrative leave, and they are now suspended without pay pending their trials stated by WBALTV11.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan released a statement, “We are again making clear that we have absolutely no tolerance whatsoever for the corruption of any kind in our state prison system or anywhere else in state government.”