Two Baltimore correctional officers have been charged with looting after a YouTube clip showed them stealing from a local store during riots following the death of Freddie Gray.
Officers Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard can be seen in the video above taking food from a local 7-Eleven store, according to the Baltimore Sun. The video shows Richard and Cobb leaving the store with Slim Jims and Tostitos. After an anonymous tip, the women were arrested and charged with theft and burglary. Both were suspended without pay. They face charges of burglary and theft, and bail was set for each at $35,000.
Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer praised investigators for “immediately” following up on a tip that led to the officers’ arrest.
“We will not allow the vast majority of our employees who are honest and hardworking to be tainted by the actions of a few,” Moyer said in a statement.
Officers have a history of breaking the laws they’ve enforced in the city. In April 2013, Baltimore was shaken when 24 correctional officers were convicted of various crimes for working with the Black Guerrilla Family gang. In addition to smuggling contraband, such as marijuana, tobacco, and prescription pills into prison, some of the officers had sexual relations with the inmates resulting in pregnancy.
Two former officers, Kimberly Dennis, 27, and Antonia Allison, 29, were sentenced to 2 years and 20 months in prison back in March.
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube