State Prosecutor indicts former Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell and top officer for misconduct

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FORMER POCOMOKE CITY POLICE CHIEF AND LIEUTENANT CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY AND MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE

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TOWSON, MD. — State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced on July 20, 2016, that former Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell and Police Lieutenant Lynell Green were charged in the Circuit Court for Worcester County with one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in office and one count of misconduct in office. The charges allege that, in November of 2014, Sewell and Green willfully interfered with the investigation of a motor vehicle accident by subordinate officers in order to benefit Douglas Matthews, a local correctional officer.

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Police officers take an oath to uphold the laws of the State without partiality or prejudice. Any disregard of that oath should never be tolerated.”  

Sewell and Green filed federal lawsuits after being terminated in June of 2015 claiming the action was in retaliation for siding with another officer involved with a complaint against the city.  Protests were sponsored by groups claiming that Sewell’s firing was racially motivated.

The City is primarily black in population and hired another black police chief, Wiiliam Harden Jr.  

Sewell is currently working as an investigator for the Baltimore States Attorney’s Office. 

INDICTMENT

 

The Grand Jurors for the State of Maryland for Worcester County, February Term 2016, do on their oath present:

COUNT I

From on or about November 21, 2014 and through and including on or about November 22,2014, at Worcester County, Maryland, KELVIN SEWELL, late of said County, in violation and perversion of his duties as the duly sworn Chief of Police of Pocomoke City, Maryland to uphold, enforce, and obey the laws of the State of Maryland without partiality or prejudice, did conspire with Lynell Green to corruptly commit misconduct in office by knowingly, willfully, and intentionally, under the color of his office, interfering with the legitimate investigation of a motor vehicle accident by subordinate police officers for the personal benefit of an acquaintance, Correctional Officer Captain Douglas E. Matthews, in violation of the common law and against the peace, government and dignity of the State.

(Common Law)

And the jurors aforesaid upon their oath do further present that

COUNT II

From on or about November 21, 2014 and through and including on or about November 22,2014, at Worcester County, Maryland, KELVIN SEWELL, late of said County, in violation and perversion of his duties as the duly sworn Chief of Police of Pocomoke City, Maryland, to uphold, enforce, and obey the laws of the State of Maryland without partiality or prejudice, did corruptly commit misconduct in office by knowingly, willfully, and intentionally, under the color of his office, with interfering with the legitimate investigation of a motor vehicle accident by subordinate police officers for the personal benefit of an acquaintance, Correctional Officer Captain Douglas E Matthews, in violation of the common law and against the peace, government and dignity of the State.

{Common Law)

EMMET C. DAVITT

July 20, 2016: Indictment of Lynell A. Green

INDICTMENT

The Grand Jurors for the State of Maryland for Worcester County, February

Term, 2016, do on their oath present:

COUNT 1

From on or about November 21, 2014 and through and including on or about November 22, 2014, at Worcester County, Maryland, LYNELL A.GREEN, late of said County, in violation and perversion of his duties as the duly sworn police officer of the Police Department of Pocomoke City, Maryland to uphold, enforce, and obey the laws of the State of Maryland without partiality or prejudice, did conspire with Kelvin Sewell to corruptly commit misconduct in office by knowingly, willfully, and intentionally, under the color of his office, interfering with the legitimate investigation of a motor vehicle accident by subordinate police officers for the personal benefit of an acquaintance, Correctional Officer Captain Douglas E. Matthews, in violation of the common law and against the peace, government and dignity of the State.

(Common Law}

And the jurors aforesaid upon their oath do further present that

COUNT II

From on or about November 21, 2014 and through and including on or about November 22, 2014, at Worcester County, Maryland, LYNELL A.GREEN, late of said County, in violation and perversion of his duties as the duly sworn police officer of the Police Department of Pocomoke City, Maryland, to uphold, enforce, and obey the laws of the State of Maryland without partiality or prejudice, did corruptly commit misconduct in office by knowingly, willfully, and intentionally, under the color of his office, interfering with the legitimate investigation of a motor vehicle accident by subordinate police officers for the personal benefit of an acquaintance, Correctional Officer Captain Douglas E Matthews, in violation of the common law and against the peace, government and dignity of the State.

(Common Law)                                                                      

    EMMET C. DAVITT

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