A Baltimore police officer who was caught on camera pummeling a suspect in the street has been charged with assault in connection with the beatdown, officials said Tuesday.
Officer Arthur Williams was hit with charges of misconduct in addition to both first and second-degree assault for Saturday’s beating, according to Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
“It is important that the community knows there is one standard of justice, no matter your sex, race religion, or occupation,” Mosby said in a statement.
“Police Officers are sworn to protect and serve and when that oath is taken for granted and an abuse of that power is evident, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
In the video posted online, the cop can be seen pushing and then wailing on a suspect who doesn’t appear to fight back.
A lawyer for the man who was beaten said the individual had faced charges of assaulting an officer from an incident in June.
“He is charged with assaulting that officer then, and so here this officer now is like, you know, going after him,” said the lawyer, Warren Brown.
Joe Tacopino, August 14, 2018, NYPost, “Cop charged with assault in beatdown caught on video”, https://nypost.com/2018/08/14/cop-charged-with-assault-in-beatdown-caught-on-video/