Baltimore Cop Suspended After Being Caught On Video Beating Innocent Man
A Baltimore police officer has been suspended after a disturbing video surfaced online showing the officer repeatedly punching a man.
The footage, captured by a bystander, shows the officer pushing the man. The man yells “don’t touch me!” Then the officer starts throwing punches and continues pummeling the man for the next 12 seconds.
They both eventually fall to the ground, and the officer pins the man down with his arm across his neck. The man’s blood starts pooling on the sidewalk.
The incident marks the latest controversial use of force against a black person by police.
Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said he was “deeply disturbed” by the video, and that the incident is under investigation.
“The officer involved has been suspended while we investigate the totality of this incident,” Tuggle said. “Part of our investigation will be reviewing body worn camera footage.”
Tuggle said he was appalled by the incident and has “zero tolerance for behavior like I witnessed on the video.”
“Officers have a responsibility and duty to control their emotions in the most stressful of situations,” the interim police commissioner said.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said in a tweet that the city is working hard to earn and maintain the trust of the public. She said she has demanded answers and accountability for what happened Saturday.
“We are working day and night to bring about a new era of community-based, Constitutional policing and will not be deterred by this or any other instance that threatens our efforts to reestablish trust of all citizens in the Baltimore Police Department,” she wrote on Twitter.
Baltimore is still dealing with the aftermath of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, who died in custody a week after a police encounter.
Watch the clip below (Warning: this video contains extreme violence).
Police said a second officer on the scene at the time of the incident was placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.