D.C. Jail Guards Have Arrest Records
The Prince George's County jail has had its share of scandals: six officers have been suspended in recent months for various charges, including smuggling cellphones to inmates, having sex with prisoners, an assault and a robbery. The county's corrections chief was fired in June when the jail couldn't account for four missing handguns.
The most intense scrutiny began last month when 19-year-old inmate Ronnie L. White died of an apparent strangulation. A handful of officers have been of particular interest to investigators because of their proximity to White's cell, according to a law enforcement source, but no arrests have been made.
Today, the Post's Debbie Cenziper and James Hohmann cited records showing that more than a dozen officers at the jail have had brushes with the law, including theft, assault and domestic violence, and many were kept on the force.
One officer kept his job despite three protective orders issued against him and a guilty plea that he assaulted a woman, breaking her rib. After an earlier beating, when she was 11 weeks pregnant with his child, she miscarried, according to records.
Another officer was jailed this week after his conviction for armed robbery, his attorney said. The officer and four others had held up two teenagers with a BB gun. The jail suspended him without pay after his arrest.
The county declined to comment on the cases, or on the jail's hiring, firing or disciplinary policies, citing the investigation into White's death.
The Washington Examiner, citing a law enforcement source, reported today that fibers found on White's neck matched those of a bedsheet that had been in his cell. The paper said the finding did not answer the question of whether White had been murdered or committed suicide.
By The Editors |
July 25, 2008; 1:38 PM ET
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