A Baltimore City Police officer is on suspension after a video showing the officer repeatedly punching a man while another officer tried to break up the brawl went viral.
According to WJZ, the two officers were working a special cross borders criminal initiative when they encountered the man. Officers released him only to approach him again in order to give him a citizens contact sheet. Tensions rose when the man refused to provide identification and the officer, who has not been identified, began throwing punches. The man was arrested and given medical treatment for his injuries.
After receiving numerous videos of the incident, the officer was immediately suspended and the second officer was placed on administrative leave, WJZ reports. An internal investigation is pending.
The Maryland State Attorney’s office said the man, identified as Dashawn McGrier, was not criminally charged and was released from custody.
McGrier’s attorney said he is being treated for injuries to his ribs and a fractured jaw from the incident.
Now, McGrier’s friends and family say the officer crossed a line.
“It happened so fast, but you know it’s clear,” McGrier’s mentor, Terry Williams, said. Williams watched the events unfold before his eyes. “Stevie Wonder could see that this police [officer] was definitely over-aggressive.”
Shantel Allen, McGrier’s sister, believes the situation escalated out of questions about possible pot possession.
A statement was released by Baltimore Police Department Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle reads in part:
“I am deeply disturbed by the video that surfaced online earlier today. The officer involved has been suspended while we investigate the totality of this incident. Part of our investigation will be reviewing body worn camera footage.”