Baltimore police sergeant who allowed assault of suspect will not serve jail time

BALTIMORE - A Baltimore City police sergeant who allowed an officer to assault a suspect that broke into his girlfriend’s house will not serve jail time.

The Baltimore City State’s Attorney Office said Sgt. Marinos Gialamas received a sentence today of six months in prison, all suspended, one year of probation, and 250 hours of community service.

Gialamas, along with city Officer Anthony Williams, were convicted earlier this year in the beating of Antoine Green.  Williams was sentenced Wednesday to serve 45 days in jail for his role in the crime.

According to the Baltimore State’s Attorney Office, on Oct. 27, 2011 police observed Green take part in a suspected drug transaction and began to pursue him. Green eventually broke into a home in 2200 block of Prentiss Place in East Baltimore.

Green claimed that he thought the house was vacant. Instead, the home was where Williams’ girlfriend and 7-year-old child lived. Police responded to the call, arrested Green, and then placed him in a transport vehicle, which began to pull away.

However, a short time later, Gialamas called for Green to be returned to the house in Prentiss Place, where Green was assaulted.

“The successful investigation and prosecution of this case sends yet again the unmistakable message that we have no tolerance for officers who violate the public’s trust and the laws they swore to uphold. I commend the police and my prosecutors for producing a just result,” said State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein in a statement.

Adding another layer to this case is the allegations made by Baltimore police Det. Joseph Crystal, who reported being harassed because he agreed to testify against Williams and Gialamas. He told Baltimore County police that he found a dead rat on his car. That, he said, was done to label him a snitch.

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