Massachusetts State Police and Hampden County, Ma., authorities are investigating whether state prison employees made anonymous phone calls, threatening to kill an escaped inmate being held at a hospital, possibly as part of a scheme to generate more overtime opportunities, the Boston Globe reports. Two staff members have been suspended as authorities investigate whether they called murder suspect Tamik Kirkland.
Authorities are examining whether the Correction Department employees allegedly made the phone calls so officials would order more overtime shifts to guard a prisoner whose life was in danger. Officers were assigned to guard Kirkland, a purported gang member with many enemies. “That anyone involved in maintaining security is then alleged to be involved in creating a security threat is disturbing,'' said Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni.