Police offer full transparency in probe after detainee found collapsed in jail cell
BALTIMORE (WBFF) – In an effort to be fully transparent, Baltimore City Police held a press conference Monday to discuss an incident surrounding a detainee who was found collapsed in her jail cell.
An investigation has been opened into the in-custody health issue that’s hospitalized a 52-year-old woman who was taken into custody Sunday and found in medical distress later in the day. According to Commissioner Kevin Davis, the woman was wanted on an open warrant which police served in Southwest Baltimore on S. Calverton Rd. by Hollins St. She was taken into custody and a brief “pit stop” was made at her home, which was about a block away, before she was placed in a police transport van and taken to the Southwest District station.
Around 1:30 p.m. officers found the detainee in medical distress and transported her to a local hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
Officers say “much of the incident” was captured on body-worn cameras and a thorough review shows “absolutely no” use of excessive force during police’s encounter with the detainee.
“I’m confident that there was no use of force and that’s a big deal,” Davis said, adding that “doesn’t mean I don’t have other questions about the entire incident.”
While that’s been ruled out, officers are looking into other lifestyle and health factors that may have contributed to her collapse. They’re also looking into why the woman was allowed to make a “pit stop” at her home before being transported to the station.
The interaction between the detainee and officers was described by police as being “very cordial.” The warrant was for failure to appear in court in Calvert, Maryland, something Davis called a “minor misdemeanor.”
Davis emphasized, “It’s best to address these issues head-on, transparently,” saying he was grateful the body cameras were activated.
He also noted that the timing of the incident around the anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray and some people’s sentiments about police and misconduct across the nation “is not lost on me.”