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Baltimore cop on paid leave after viral video shows him hitting a man

A Baltimore police officer has reportedly been suspended after a video showed him appearing to beat a man on the ground.

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A Baltimore cop has been suspended with pay Saturday after a viral video showed him beating a man on the ground.

UPDATE| Baltimore Police say they continue to investigate a viral video that shows a police officer punching a man repeatedly on Saturday.https://t.co/Q4n3ZqnoAC

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Two officers stopped a man, later identified as Dashawn McGrier, 26, on Saturday, Baltimore FOX 45 reported, citing information from police. The officers let McGrier go before him again, the department said.

In the video, an officer is seen pushing McGrier against a wall. McGrier seems to be pushing the officer’s hand away. The officer then repeatedly punches McGrier, who do not return to store.

The blows continue to McGrier lands on rowhouse steps before finally falling to the pavement. The officer then pins McGrier down. A second officer is present but not to participate in the beating.

The video is recorded by Dakas White, FOX 45 reported.

Interim police chief Gary Tuggle in a statement said the ministry would review footage from body cameras worn by the police. The second officer is assigned to administrative duties, pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.

Baltimore Mayor, Catherine Pugh is also 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.

My statement on the video of Baltimore police officer pic.twitter.com/Wp5GJk80zt

Mayor, Catherine Pugh (@MayorPugh50) August 11, 2018

“I am in close contact with the interim Commissioner Tuggle, who not only suspended the officer in question, but has launched an immediate investigation into the full circumstances of the encounter,” the mayor said.

Warren Brown, McGrier’s lawyer said that his client was treated at a hospital late Saturday for his injuries.

Brown said McGrier had previously worked with the same agent in June, which resulted in McGrier is to be responsible for the attacks of the officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Brown is accused of the cop, which he identified as officer Arthur Williams, unfair targeting McGrier in both incidents.

“[T]his agent had just decided that Dashawn was going to be his punching bag,” Brown said. “And this was a brutal attack that was degrading and humiliating for my client, in that community, and to the police department.”

The department has not formally identified the officer.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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