By Kristine Phillips
The Baltimore police officer who resigned Sunday after a video showed him repeatedly pummeling a man on the street is under criminal investigation and, if charged, could face a charge of second-degree assault, officials said Monday.
Police officials have revealed little else about the incident in East Baltimore on Saturday, when the officer was captured in a now-viral video repeatedly punching Dashawn McGrier, 26. It remains unclear why the confrontation occurred or what, if anything, provoked the officer. Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said the incident could be proof that police training may be lacking, citing the need for more “scenario-based” training and fewer “pen-and-pencil” lectures.
“Neither of us can say why this happened,” Tuggle said at a news conference Monday. “If it were born out of emotion, we’re trained — we should be trained to never act in an emotional way, particularly when it comes to engaging with citizens. … The situation shows us another deficiency in our training that we can learn from.”
Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the Baltimore police union, said that at first look, the video leaves a “very bad perception” of officers.
“A lot of people forget that we’re human beings too. I don’t know what was going through his mind; only he can testify to that,” Ryan said. “The facts still remain that whether he was having a bad day at home or at work, you still have to maintain control of yourself at all times.”
The incident occurred Saturday morning when two officers encountered McGrier, who was identified by his lawyer. The video shows one of the officers and McGrier talking at first. McGrier is heard telling the officer, “Don’t touch me,” before the officer begins punching him. McGrier falls onto some nearby steps as the officer continues to punch him.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World