Md. fires 6 guards over use of force

December 18, 2009|By Justin Fenton |

Six correctional officers assigned to the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore were fired Wednesday after an investigation into "use of force and proper incident reporting," state officials confirmed.

The officers, whose years of service ranged from one to 11 years, were involved in an incident Nov. 15 involving a single detainee, said Rick Binetti, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

The detainee was released from custody the next day after posting bail, and the department launched an investigation that day after learning of the incident, Binetti said. Investigators determined that the officers violated rules regarding use of force and incident reporting, but Binetti declined to provide additional details, citing personnel rules, and said the officers have the right to appeal their terminations.

In addition to the six officers who were fired, another officer and a supervisor were disciplined. No criminal charges have been filed in the incident.

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