A police officer was filmed repeatedly punching a man in Baltimore.
Baltimore Police Department’s Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle issued a statement about the viral video, which included the officer’s suspension, notes WMAR:
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.
Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh also released a statement:
I have seen the very disturbing video of an encounter between a Baltimore City police officer and a Baltimore City resident and have demanded answers and accountability.
I am in close contact with Interim Commissioner Tuggle who has not only suspended the officer in question but has launched an immediate investigation into the full circumstances of this encounter.
We are working day and night to bring about a new era of community-based, Constitutional policing and will not be deterred by this or any other instance that threatens our efforts to re-establish the trust of all citizens in the Baltimore Police Department.