Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

Video of Baltimore officer beating a man leads to suspension and outrage

Video of Baltimore officer beating a man leads to suspension and outrage

Baltimore police officials suspended the officer Saturday after the latest video of his interaction with McGrier went viral, according to USA Today.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the incident occurred outside of Q's Bar and Liquors in East Baltimore. Moments later Williams walked down the street and stopped him without reason.

Brown said McGrier and Williams had a prior run-in last June, which resulted in McGrier being charged with assaulting the officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing and hindering.

"Don't touch me!" the man yells, slapping the cop's hand away.

"He is charged with assaulting that officer then, and so here this officer now is like, you know, going after him", Brown told CBS News.

Brown said a court date is set for August 22 on the assault charges, and he said video of that encounter between the two men also exists, though he has not seen it.

"After the first encounter, officers released him and ... approached him again to provide him a citizen's contact sheet", police said.

The incident began around 11:45 a.m. while officers were working on "a crime suppression detail related to crime in the area", Baltimore police spokesman T. J. Smith said.


The man's attorney, Warren Brown, is planning to file a lawsuit, CNN affiliate WBAL reported.

It's troubling behavior that some say further damages police-community relations.

Brown said his client was being treated in a Baltimore hospital.

"My client was saying, 'What is this all about?" That's when Williams began shoving him, Brown said.

"I have seen the very disturbing video of an encounter between a Baltimore City police officer and Baltimore City resident and have demanded answers and accountability".

"Long term", he added, "we need to be investing in our communities and recruiting police officers who have the temperament, tools, and training to keep us safe without resorting to unnecessary violence".

City Councilman Brandon Scott said the department did the right thing by suspending the officer and said that he was assured by Tuggle that the incident would be handled properly.

"You see that video and you see what we are trying to prevent in the police department", said Scott, who is chair of the council's public safety committee. He also said the second officer involved in the incident is on administrative duties pending an investigation. A consent decree, filed in federal court and overseen by a monitor, is generally a road map for changes in fundamental police department practices.

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