When reviewing video footage of the rioting and looting that was going on in Baltimore last month, state officials spotted two officers who work for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services walk out of a 7-Eleven with stuff they had stolen. Once they were identified, they were charged with burglary and theft and then suspended without pay. WBAL-TV reported:
The state has suspended two correctional officers without pay after they were charged with theft and burglary in connection with looting that occurred during the Baltimore riots last month.
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services announced Wednesday that investigators reviewed video that allegedly showed looting from a 7-Eleven store in the 300 block of West Baltimore Street downtown, which led to the suspensions.
A DPSCS statement said that the video, recorded on the evening of April 25, showed two women — later identified as Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard — leaving the store with merchandise.
Both women had been assigned to a downtown Baltimore Division of Correction facility. They are on leave without pay as the charges against them include a felony.
The officers had initially been placed on administrative leave during the investigation until being criminally charged Wednesday.
You know it’s bad when even people who help run the state prisons are getting in on the fun as well. I’m guessing these two former correctional officers will spend some time in a jail they helped manage.
Of course, they’ll probably get their job back as soon as they do their time or finish out their probation. Maybe they’ll get community service and clean up the mess they helped make.
It is quite telling though that those such as these correctional officers who deal with criminals in some capacity every day in jail would think there wasn’t anything wrong with participating in the looting with everyone else. Did they think they wouldn’t be caught? Or perhaps, they thought they’d get away with it. Who knows?