Baltimore City Detention Center Correctional Officers Placed on Administrative Leave Pending Investigation into Allegations of Excessive Force

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TOWSON, MD (September 15, 2010) --- Fifteen correctional officers have been placed on administrative leave while the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) conducts an administrative investigation into alleged misconduct relating to the use of excessive force.

The alleged misconduct stems from an incident involving a detainee at the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) in late August of this year. No life threatening injuries were sustained by any detainees or officers during the incident.

Working with the Division of Pretrial Detention and Services (DPDS) and Detention Center administration, the DPSCS Internal Investigative Unit is heading up the investigation. If necessary, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken upon the completion of the administrative investigation.

Those placed on administrative leave may not necessarily face any disciplinary action, but are placed under this status because they may be material witnesses to the alleged incident.

“The Division of Pretrial Detention and Services has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to excessive use of force,” said DPDS Commissioner Wendell France today.

“The vast majority of our correctional officers are unsung heroes who are firm, fair, and impartial. Our mission is to protect the public, our employees and our offenders. Any activity not consistent with the DPSCS standards of conduct and professional accountability will result in swift consequences for those responsible.”

At this point, the Department cannot issue any further comment regarding the specific nature of the allegations because the investigation is ongoing.