A police officer from Baltimore was suspended by the department on Saturday after a viral video surfaced that repeatedly punched a man in the face before he knocked him down.
Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said he was "deeply disturbed" by the video and that the incident is under investigation.
"The officer in question has been suspended while we investigate the entirety of this incident," Tuggle said. "Part of our investigation will be the review of physically worn camera images."
The police said a second officer, who was on the scene at the time of the incident, had ordered administrative work until the investigation was completed.
Attorney Warren Brown, who represents the man who was beaten, identified his client as Dashawn McGrier, 26. Brown said McGrier was not charged with a crime, but was taken to hospital and had x-rays of the jaw, nose and Ripping was made late Saturday, due to suspected fractures by the altercation.
Brown said McGrier had already raided the same police officer in June ̵
"It seems like this officer just decided that Dashawn would be his punching bag," Brown said. "And this was a brutal attack that humiliated and humiliated my clients, this community and the police department."
Tuggle did not identify the officer or man who was beaten, but the department said he had been on the force for just over a year. At Williams' graduation from the Police Academy last year, he received awards for high performance, including "defense tactics, physical training and emergency vehicle use," for his "academic achievements, professionalism, performance, ability," and his "untiring and unwavering dedication" and "outstanding leadership skills," according to a video of the graduation ceremony.
The police department said the incident began Saturday after two officers stopped McGrier from letting him go, then he approached him (19659002) "When he was asked for his identification, the situation escalated when he refused," the said Department. "The policeman then hit the man several times."
Brown said McGrier was sitting on a flight of stairs as Williams drove past with his vehicle, and then a few minutes later he walked down the street as the officer, now on foot, told him to stop without giving him a reason , 19659002] "My client said," What is this about? They do not even have a probable cause, "said Brown, which was when Williams began to push McGrier, Brown said.
Tuggle asked everyone , who witnessed the incident, turned to the Professional Responsibility Office at 410-396-2300.
"While I expect the officers to be out of their cars, keep on going. www.mjfriendship.de/de/ I expect it to be professional and constitutional, "he said. I have no tolerance for behavior as I saw it on the video today. Officers have the responsibility and the duty to control their emotions in the most stressful of situations.
The incident occurred Saturday outside of Q's Bar and Liquors in the 2600 block of E. Monument St. in East Baltimore.
The video shows Officer McGrier pushing against a wall with his hand on McG Rier's chest, and then McGrier shoved the officer's hand off his chest, and then the officer begins to swing.
The officer repeatedly throws blows, pushes McGrier up the wheelhouse steps, and continues until McGrier lands on the sidewalk. McGrier seems to bleed when he goes down.
McGrier seems to be trying to distract some of the officer's beatings, but he does not backtrack.
A second officer the department could not identify quickly puts his hand on it McGrier's arm as McGrier tries to avoid the beatings but does not try to stop the first officer from being hit.
They said the officer is young and had previously been walking along the corridor, but recently started working out of a car.
The men said the officer had McGrier on Saturday without a good G why McGrier spoke back to the officer before the officer started beating
"He knows his rights, and he felt as though his rights were being violated, and he accepted that," a man said ,
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"We want justice. We do not want that to happen. We want him to be held accountable, and not without paid suspension, "a man said.
Mayor Catherine Pugh repeated Tuggle in a late Saturday statement, in which she also called the encounter between the officer and McGrier" disturbing She said she was in touch with Tuggle and demanded "answers and accountability."
"We work day and night to usher in a new era of grassroots, constitutional policing and do not abandon ourselves to this or any other instance This is a threat to our efforts to restore the trust of all citizens in the Baltimore Police Department, "said the mayor.