The top cop with the Baltimore school system, along with two other officers, have been placed on administrative leave after a cell phone video surfaced showing the lead officer violently slapping a young man three times. Here’s the video of the incident:
Officials with the school system say the incident took place at the Reach! Partnership School in Baltimore.
The officer who is seen on the video assaulting the young African-American youth was placed on paid leave, along with two other school cops who were present for the altercation.
The young man seen in the video has not been identified, and Karen Parks, spokeswoman for the Baltimore public school system, said it has not yet been determined if he was an enrolled student.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also commented on the disturbing video:
‘As a parent of a Baltimore city school student, I was appalled by what I saw. The behavior that was demonstrated…is certainly something you never want to see…Certainly not a school officer acting in this way, particularly with a young person.’
An investigation of the matter has begun, according to Baltimore School Police Chief Marshall Goodwin. The officer who struck the student could be charged with assault and misconduct.
Lauren Geisser, an attorney for the teenager shown on the video, said that he is indeed a 10th grade student at the Reach! school and that he sustained both facial and rib injuries as a result of the attack.
‘The boy had a right to be at the school where he was an enrolled student. With respect to refusing to leave the school, the student didn’t want to leave the school where he had a right to attend.’
The CEO of the Baltimore school system, Gregory Thornton, also said he was shocked by what he saw on the tape and the actions of the officers involved:
‘I am completely appalled and disappointed by what is depicted in the video. Our school police officers are entrusted with ensuring the safety of our students and staff, and I know that most of them take this job seriously while maintaining a high level of professionalism. The behavior in the video is completely unacceptable.’
An attorney for the officer seen slapping the young man said there is more to the matter than just what is seen on the five-second video. Michael Davey maintains that his client was merely responding to a call he had gotten saying there was an intruder on school grounds.
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