Baltimore cop on paid leave after the viral video beat
Raw cell phone video filmed by a local rapper Yung Inkky shows Baltimore officer beating a man and pushing him to the ground.
A now-ex-Baltimore police officer who was seen on a video repeatedly punching a man on Saturday has been indicted on assault charges, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Baltimore-Attorney General Marilyn Mosby said at a press conference that the accused man, Arthur Williams, was charged with first-and second-degree assault as well as misconduct in the office. She took out the mobile phone to capture images of the attack as evidence, but said prosecutors had considered to be a “lot” more than the video.
“I can tell you that we not only take into account what you already have viewed the viral video” Mosby said. “We are considering much more evidence, that is what we were able to for the grand jury.”
Mobile phone video has surfaced which shows Williams attacking 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier. Williams can be seen pushing and punching McGrier if he is thrown on the sidewalk. He did not appear to fight back.
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According to attorney Warren Brown, McGrier suffered a fractured jaw and broken ribs.
Williams was suspended on the same day and resigned the next day. Mosby said that an arrest warrant was issued for Williams.
Williams — he had been on the strength of little more than a year — and McGrier had previous run-ins on the streets of Baltimore. On June 26, McGrier was arrested after a fight with Williams if McGrier allegedly picked up a cigar with what was suspected to be marijuana from a woman with whom Williams was on the issuance of a citation.
The two had another encounter earlier in the year, when the McGrier allegedly suggested to some young people that they talk to their parents about how Williams had treated them.
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No charges were filed against a second officer is present at the time of the attack caught on video.
Mosby, said a preliminary assessment of the evidence indicates “that in the light of his responsibilities on the scene, there are no criminal charges that are applicable” for the second officer, who are not called by the police.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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