Upon the killing of Freddie Gray while in the custody of Baltimore police, outrage filled the streets of the city, leading to looting and rioting amongst the peaceful protests. While news outlets reported the influx of fires, violence and theft, it seems it was not just civilians who participated in frowned-upon activity. According to the Baltimore Sun, two correctional officers have been suspended and charged for looting at a local 7-Eleven.
Mugshots of Kendra Richard and Tameka Cobb were released by the Baltimore police department after video was released of the two officers stealing goods from the store. Richard is captured snagging Slim Jims, while Cobb took off with a bag of chips. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer backed the decision to suspend and charge the officers.
“We will not allow the vast majority of our employees who are honest and hardworking to be tainted by the actions of a few,” he said in a statement.
Richard and Cobb face burglary and theft charges, and have been placed on $35,000 bail. They will not receive pay while on leave. Watch footage of the looting incident below:
Photo Credit: Baltimore Police Department