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Former Baltimore Officer Who Punched Man Repeatedly Is Charged With Assault

police officer is suspended after disturbing VIDEO showed him punching and tackling man who refused to show ID

Arthur Williams, the Baltimore police officer who resigned after a video showed him repeatedly punching a man, is now facing assault charges .

Former Baltimore police officer indicted over video of him punching a man
Arthur Williams turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued. Baltimore Police said that Williams resigned

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The officer pushes McGrier against the wall and then immediately begins throwing punches when McGrier pushes his arm away

  • Dashawn McGrier, 26, claims officer attacked him without provocation Saturday
  • Video shows Baltimore police officer punching him and slamming him to ground
  • McGrier's lawyer says the same cop arrested him without cause in June
  • Police chief suspends the officer with pay as internal affairs investigates 

A Baltimore police officer has been suspended after a video of him punching and tackling a man went viral. The officer, his partner and the private citizen are all black.

The police confrontation with 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier took place around noon on Saturday on the sidewalk outside of Q's Bar and Liquors in the 2600 block of East Monument Street in East Baltimore.

'I am deeply concerned by the conduct I witnessed today,' said Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle in a statement. 

'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. I have zero tolerance for behavior like I witnessed on the video today,' Tuggle continued.

Baltimore cops filmed repeatedly punching man on the street
Dashawn McGrier (above) was identified as the man who was struck by a Baltimore police officer in a video that is going viral
The video begins with McGrier with his back against the wall, yelling in the officer's face

The video begins with McGrier with his back against the wall, yelling in the officer's face

The officer pushes McGrier against the wall and then immediately begins throwing punches when McGrier pushes his arm away

The officer, who has not been named, reportedly has a history with McGrier, the man seen being punched on the video.

A prior run-in in June ended with the officer charging McGrier with assaulting an officer, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering and resisting arrest, McGrier's attorney Warren Brown told the Baltimore Sun.

Brown said that in both the June arrest and the incident on Saturday, the officer targeted McGrier without justification.

The incident began when two officers, who were working a special cross borders crime initiative, encountered McGrier on the sidewalk, police said in a statement that did not identify McGrier by name.

After releasing McGrier, the two officers approached him again to give him a citizen contact sheet, which police issue as an acknowledgment that a citizen has had a particular encounter with an officer.

When McGrier refused to take the contact sheet or provide identification, the situation escalated.

The officer grabs McGrier by the arm and takes him down to the pavement near his partner

The officer grabs McGrier by the arm and takes him down to the pavement near his partner

The partner briefly tried to intervene but soon realized the surrounding crowd turning hostile

The partner briefly tried to intervene but soon realized the surrounding crowd turning hostile

Video shows McGrier with his back against the wall shouting in the officer's face.

The officer pushes McGrier back against the wall, and McGrier pushes his arm away, at which point the officer begins swinging punches.

McGrier tries to ward off the punches, but does not appear to throw any in return as the officer hits him repeatedly and tackles him to the ground.

The other officer present appears to try briefly to separate the two men, before turning his attention to the crowd of other men around and telling them to back off.

McGrier appears to be bleeding from around his mouth once he is on the ground. The entire incident lasts about 12 seconds from the time the officer pushes McGrier to the time he pins him on the ground.

McGrier was detained but was not criminally charged in the incident, police said. His lawyer said he had been taken to a hospital and was having X-rays taken of his jaw, nose and ribs late Saturday for suspected fractures from the altercation.

The officer who struck McGrier has been a Baltimore police officer for just over one year, the department said.

He has been suspended, and his partner has been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. ‬

The officer pins McGrier to the ground as his partner stands over him

The officer pins McGrier to the ground as his partner stands over him

McGrier appears to be bleeding from around the mouth as he is pinned to the pavement

McGrier appears to be bleeding from around the mouth as he is pinned to the pavement

The BPD Office of Professional Responsibility and State’s Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident.

It follows several years of tense relationships between police in Baltimore and parts of the community.

The 2015 death of Freddie Gray from spinal injuries suffered while in police custody sparked violent riots. None of the six officers charged in the matter were found guilty.

A 2016 Justice Department report excoriated the city for 'long-standing discriminatory enforcement practices by Baltimore police that allowed for illegal searches, arrests and stops of African Americans for minor offenses.'

The city's homicide rate has spiked dramatically in the aftermath of the riots over Gray's death, ending 2017 at a record high.

Following Saturday's incident, Interim Chief Tuggle said: 'Officers have a responsibility and duty to control their emotions in the most stressful of situations.' 

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Comment by Baggyman on August 20, 2018 at 9:32am

Prison u fi go P****

Comment by Ronsay on August 19, 2018 at 1:26am

1. That cop should be bought up on fashion charges with those glowing white socks and hi waters

2. He just found out that he was a N*****! How long shall we tell our ppl, no matter your $$$ position or status, in this country u are a N*****!! Good for his dumb ass.....!

Comment by Sufferahsmusic Media Prod on August 16, 2018 at 12:35pm
Notice how quick black cops get prosecuted for anything lmaoo
Comment by theafricanunion on August 15, 2018 at 9:41pm
Comment by Omar on August 13, 2018 at 9:57pm

IDC IF THEY'RE EUROPEAN OR NATURAL, WHOOP THAT ASS!!!! DON'T LET NO ONE PUT THEIR HANDS ON YOU AND YOU DON'T DEFEND YOURSELF.....IDGAF WHO THEY WORK FOR. STUPID ASS KNEEGROW SHOULD HAVE BEEN F***** UP BY THE WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD.

Comment by Joseph A on August 13, 2018 at 2:15pm
@DivineGod, that is absolutely true and I'm not sure why black officers don't realize that and see the disparaging numbers!
Comment by Falcon on August 13, 2018 at 1:30pm

dem wicked man need fi strip off dem weapons and be made fi fight until the death ! Freakin cowards !

Comment by Divine God on August 13, 2018 at 10:30am
Not to undermine police brutality, but black cops are held accountable for their actions and whites are allowed to shoot us in the back on video and get away with it. Was no mention of suspension for whites because they”always fear for their lives”. Free pass to kill blacks.
Comment by Cee Gee on August 13, 2018 at 8:44am

I saw this on the news this morning.....he should lose his job.  Funny thing is if he wasn't a police officer and was just a dude in the hood, he would not have done that at all.  These officers get that uniform and badge and think they are the s***.

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