Two Baltimore correctional officers were convicted this week for assaulting inmates on two separate occasions, prosecutors announced.
The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office has reported that Kelvin Gibbs and Jemiah Green, former employees at the Baltimore City Detention Center, were both convicted of second-degree assault.
According to WBAL-TV, Baltimore’s NBC affiliate, prosecutors believe that on Dec. 22, 2013, Gibbs got into a dispute at the facility’s clinic with an inmate, who was attempting to obtain medication.
Soon after, Gibbs approached the inmate while he was returning to his cell and punched the inmate in the face without provocation, according to prosecutors. Once the inmate was on the floor the officer repeatedly beat him about his body.
For Green, his conviction comes from a Jan.12, 2014 incident, in which he confronted an inmate for looking at him, according to prosecutors cited by The Associated Press. Prosecutors say Green proceeded to hit the inmate in the face and throw him to the ground. The assault was caught on surveillance footage.
The state’s attorney’s City Corrections Investigative Unit were responsible for both convictions. The unit was created in 2013 and has since issued more than a dozen indictments of Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services employees, according to WBAL-TV.
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