Wednesday, February 9, 2011

When a fight happens in McHenry County

Sometimes, when two guys get into a fight in McHenry County, both will flee before the deputies can arrive. Or one of them might run, if he was the aggressor or the one less hurt.

But sometimes you can't run away. For example, if the fight occurs inside the McHenry County Jail.

Less than a month ago, on January 19, two inmates got into it. One had just made a deal, because he thought the other one was going to testify against him. As I hear it, Frank Cmiel, 28, and Yacoup Baghdada, 21, mixed it up, and it was another inmate who broke up the fight.

So the big question is, how did those two end up in the same area of the jail? Isn't there a protocol for separating inmates who might be a danger to one another? Just what is the protocol?

And how long did it take for on-duty corrections officers to realize what was happening and to intervene?

A preliminary hearing for Cmiel is scheduled for February 15 at 9:00AM in Courtroom 302, McHenry County Courthouse.

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