Filed by James MacArthur
MACARTHUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SERVICE
Sometimes in Baltimore it's really hard to keep up with all the shenanigans involving Baltimore police.
WJZ reports the video is the latest in a string of caught-on-camera incidents that have called into question officers’ behavior, including an incident where a cop was caught on camera punching a man near a bus stop.
In fact, a Baltimore Sun investigation recently detailed dozens of cases where the city paid out more than $11 million to settle allegations of police brutality—part of why Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake now actively support the introduction of body cameras on all officers so they have more evidence of when police force is justified or crosses the line.
“What, you got probable cause?” the man asked.
“I’m going to ask you to get out of my face,” the officer replied.
“Don’t touch me!” the man replied.In this video, you see a confrontation between a young man and an officer. Although the young man acted in a manner in which we wouldn't suggest, the officer seems to use way more force than is necessary. By punching the man in the face, the officer escalated the situation to a place it didn't need to go.
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