Baltimore police officer put on administrative leave pending investigation

(PHOTO: MGN Online)

BALTIMORE, MD. – On Saturday around 12 p.m., officers were working  in the area of the 2500 block of Monument Street when they encountered a man, whom one of the officers is familiar with. After the first encounter, officers released him and then approached him again to provide him a citizens contact sheet. When he was asked for his identification he refused and the situation escalated.

The police officer then struck the man several times. He was ultimately taken into custody and was provided medical treatment for the injuries that were sustained.

Almost immediately, the Baltimore Police Department began receiving videos of the confrontation.  As a result of the information available, Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle, suspended the officer immediately.

“On a day that we graduated future Baltimore police officers, I am deeply concerned by the conduct I witnessed today,” said Tuggle. “While I have an expectation that officers are out of their cars, on foot, and engaging citizens, I expect that it will be done professionally and constitutionally. I have zero tolerance for behavior like I witnessed on the video today. Officers have a responsibility and duty to control their emotions in the most stressful of situations.”

The State’s Attorney’s Office was contacted and provided information related to this case.

The individual encountered by the officers was not criminally charged and was released from custody.

The officer who struck the individual has been a member of the agency for just over one year. The second officer involved in this incident has been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. ‬

Anyone with additional information or video footage is asked to contact Baltimore police at complaints@baltimorepolice.org, (24 hour line) 1-833-288-7245 or 410-396-2300 during normal business hours.