Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Baltimore cop quits after video of him punching suspect

Baltimore cop quits after video of him punching suspect

"Don't touch me", McGrier told the officer, who then repeatedly punched the man.

"While I have an expectation that officers are out of their cars, on foot, and engaging citizens, I expect that it will be done professionally and constitutionally", interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said in the statement. Tuggle said authorities are considering second-degree assault charges against him.

Another officer, who can also be seen in the video, has been "placed on administrative duties", according to the Baltimore Police Department, which has opened a criminal investigation into the matter. Neither officer has been identified, but Warren Brown, an attorney repping the civilian, identifies his client to the Baltimore Sun as 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier.

The video lasts about 30 seconds.

The second officer on the scene does not appear to actively make an attempt to stop the first officer from pummeling McGrier. McGrier fell to the ground, and the officer stayed on top of him, appearing to restrain him.

Brown told the Sun that his client was taken to a hospital and had X-rays taken of his ribs, nose, and jaw. McGrier was not charged with any crime.

Tuggle didn't name the officers, but Brown identified one seen punching his client in the video as Arthur Williams. CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett has the latest.

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McGrier was charged in June for allegedly assaulting the unnamed officer, Brown said, and a trial is scheduled for later this month.

Authorities have not corroborated Brown's allegations. McGrier also plans to contest the June charges, according to KARK-TV, at an August 22 hearing. Details on that are expected to be released Monday afternoon.

The video shows the officer throwing punches at the man, shoving him into a wall and beating on him until he falls to the floor.

We aren't asking the city to suspend this man.

The police department had originally suspended the officer with pay pending an investigation.

Police have not identified either officer. It said in a statement Saturday that both officers "were working a special cross borders crime initiative" and that one of the officers involved in the incident was "familiar with" McGrier. "I have 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 latest incident happened at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday, when two officers encountered McGrier in east Baltimore.

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