Two North Branch Officers Charged With Assaulting Inmate
Facing termination amid excessive force allegations
Towson, MD (October 3, 2011)---Two correctional officers from North Branch Correctional Institution in Cresaptown near Cumberland have been charged with assault and are facing possible termination, after an investigation alleged that they used excessive and unnecessary force against an inmate.
The incident occurred on the morning of September 28, when two officers allegedly kicked, punched, and kneed an inmate in a cell. The handcuffed inmate suffered a broken wrist, and also allegedly had his head slammed into a wall.
The Internal Investigative Unit (IIU) of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services placed the charges against Officer Warren Mallow, 26, and Officer David Robey, 33. Both are five-year Division of Correction veterans. Both are charged with second degree assault, for which the penalty is up to ten years in prison.
“To say the least, these actions are not consistent with the training our correctional officers receive in the restraint of inmates,” says J. Michael Stouffer, Commissioner of the Maryland Division of Correction. “We cannot tolerate excessive force against inmates, just as we will not tolerate assaultive behavior committed by inmates against staff.”
Both officers are on administrative leave and facing possible termination.