Dec 5, 2013 0
A former self-described member of the Black Guerilla Family has refiled a lawsuit alleging he was assaulted by Baltimore City Detention Center officers who also gave BGF members information that “guaranteed he would be seriously injured.”
Calvin Hemphill is seeking more than $60,000 from several officers, including the BCDC’s former security chief, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
The lawsuit contains similar allegations to one Hemphill filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore in July 2012, almost nine months before the first corrections officers were indicted for their involvement in a widespread prison drug ring run by the Black Guerilla Family.
Hemphill dropped the federal lawsuit in April 2013, shortly after the indictments were handed down, because he had been transferred to Hagerstown (where he is now incarcerated) and he said continuing the litigation was becoming too costly, according to federal court filings.
Hemphill’s state lawsuit is typed and contains more legalese than his federal lawsuit, which was handwritten and more conversational. But gist remains the same — Hemphill claims he was assaulted and beaten by corrections officers June 2, 2012, after he attacked a female officer. Hemphill alleges he assaulted the officer in order to get transferred out of the BCDC for his own safety. The female officer told BGF leader Tavon White that Hemphill told her about the gang’s dealings and that White had impregnated two other female officers, according to Hemphill’s lawsuit.
White confronted Hemphill and was planning to have gang members attack Hemphill before he attacked the officer, according to the lawsuit.
In a court filing to dismiss the federal lawsuit, lawyers for the state said Hemphill was still a BGF member at the time of the incident and that he was “combative and resistant” when officers arrived after he assaulted the female officer so any force used was to restore order, not punish.