Sunday, August 12, 2018

Baltimore police suspend officer who was shown in video repeatedly punching man

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A Maryland police officer who was caught on camera repeatedly punching a man has been suspended by the Baltimore Police Department, officials said on Saturday.

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said in a statement that he was "deeply disturbed" by the video of an officer striking a man several times before taking him into custody.

The incident, which took place on Saturday around 11:45 a.m. ET, began when the officer, who has not been identified, approached a man on the street who he "was familiar with," police said in a statement.

The statement says two officers who were "working a special cross borders crime initiative" approached the man in the video then released him before an officer approached the man again to provide him a citizens contact sheet.

While giving him the citizens contact sheet, the officer asked for the man's identification and the man refused, according to the statement. In the video of the encounter, the officer appears to put his hand on the man's chest. The man then says, "Don't touch me," and pushes the officer's hand off his chest.

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