Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Baltimore police officer suspended after video shows him repeatedly punching man


A Baltimore police officer has been suspended after a viral video showed him repeatedly punching and tackling to the ground a man who did not return the blows, authorities say.

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said Saturday police were investigating the incident in the video and that it “deeply disturbed” him. The investigation will include a review of body camera footage, Tuggle added in his statement.

The incident occurred Saturday, Baltimore Police Detective Jeremy Silbert confirmed to USA TODAY. It was not immediately clear what prompted an initial police response to the scene.

The video shared online by journalists, activists, and community members, shows a Baltimore police officer speaking to a man on a sidewalk. Another office is standing in front of the two men, talking to others on the sidewalk.

The man, responding to the officer, shouts, “For what?” The officer standing in front of them blocks the view of the camera, but the man then shouts, “Don’t touch me,” before the officer begins hitting.

The officer hits the man with an onslaught of blows as he wrestles him onto the top of a house’s front steps. The officer punches the man’s head many times as he lays on the steps, eventually holding him down to the ground.

The man, who doesn’t return a punch to the officer in the video, appears to bleed from his mouth as the officer holds a forearm to his face while grabbing his arm.

Throughout the video, the second officer does not stop the officer throwing the punches.