Ex-Jail Official Sues Overfiring; Whistleblowing Part of Dispute
Byline: Jim McElhatton, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A former D.C. Jail lieutenant says he was fired after alerting supervisors that the facility's internal affairs office disclosed the home addresses of guards set to testify in a court case.
Emmette McCormick Jr. made the accusation in a recent whistleblower case against the District and D.C. Department of Corrections officials that seeks $6 million in damages.
Mr. McCormick's complaint states he conducted an investigation that found the internal affairs office leaked the address of two guards slated to testify in the prosecution of a violent inmate accused of assaulting another guard.
The leak prompted threats to officers and their families, according to the suit.
Mr. McCormick's attorney, Robert C. Seldon, said his client found out the office had failed to remove the home addresses from witness impact statements provided to the inmate before the court case.
D.C. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Beverly Young declined to discuss the case, saying the agency cannot comment on "a personnel issue involving litigation."
The lawsuit names as defendants agency Director Devon Brown and Wanda Patten, chief of the office of internal affairs. The office investigates crime and misconduct in the jail by inmates and employees.
Mr. McCormick's career at the jail began as an officer in 1984. By 2004, he was appointed captain in charge of the special-management unit, where violent inmates are incarcerated. …