Correctional Officers Caught On Video Looting Store During Riots
During unrest over the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore last month, two Baltimore correction officers looted a convenience store. The two, Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard were caught on video taking items from a 7-Eleven store. This was one of the stores damaged in the city while protests turned violent.
Richards and Cobb had been assigned to the Division of Correction facility in downtown Baltimore, and have now been charged with burglary and theft reports Handy. Both of these women are now on unpaid leave. The video showing them coming out of the store with Tostitos and Slim Jims had been posted to YouTube. They were identified by the yellow tennis shoes Richard was wearing and her black Adidas jogging pants. Cobb was identified by her yellow shoes and blue pants.
Stephan T. Moyer, Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary told investigators he was glad they responded so quickly to the tip they received on this incident. He further stated he does not want the actions of these two to taint the many hardworking and honest employees within their department.
This is not the first scandal the Baltimore jail house has been involved in. An indictment from the federal government was recently released showing a huge conspiracy between inmates and correctional officers. Various offenses were uncovered which involved twenty four correctional officers being involved with the Black Guerilla gang. Charges included helping with the smuggling of drugs and having sexual relations with gang members.