Baltimore police officer accused of assault

Baltimore police officer accused of assault

Here in Baltimore, we trust that our police officers will always act within and according to the law. We also hold our officers up to a high moral standard, trusting that they will act as good examples for the rest of the population.

Police officers, however, are human, just like everybody else. That means they make mistakes from time to time. Sometimes, in failing to uphold those high moral standards, they can find themselves facing criminal charges as well.

A Baltimore City police officer was recently accused of committing a violent crime inside Baltimore’s Juvenile Booking Facility. According to a Baltimore City state’s attorney, the officer, a veteran of the force, allegedly walked into an inmate’s cell and struck him in the face. The officer has been with the Baltimore Police Department for 27 years.

It is not clear what led up to the alleged assault. It seems likely that the 27-year veteran of the force lost his temper, resulting in a one-time incident, rather than a pattern of repeated behavior. It’s important to remember, in addition, that the man is innocent until he is proven guilty by a court of law.

The Baltimore Police Department released a statement in response to the incident, noting that it had “no tolerance” for officers who step outside the boundaries of the law.

The officer has been charged with second-degree assault and with misconduct in office. The assault charge has a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison. The misconduct charge does not have a maximum penalty ascribed to it. The officer is due to be officially arraigned on Dec. 5.

Source:
WMAR-TV, “Baltimore City police officer charged with assaulting juvenile” No Author Given, Nov. 05, 2013

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