A Baltimore city police officer now suspended after a video of him punching a man went viral.
The man in the video is being treated in a hospital for his injuries, and his family is looking for justice.
From words to repeated blows, this cell phone video obtained by WJZ Saturday capturing a Baltimore city police officer repeatedly punching a man outside a business on the city’s East side before eventually taking him to the ground.
The man’s family identifying him as Dashawn McGrier.
The video has now gone viral and is now part of an ongoing investigation that will also include reviewing body worn camera footage.
Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle saying he’s deeply disturbed in this statement he put out, adding that the officer who has not been named, but has been with the agency for a little more than a year has been suspended.
Police have also not identified the second officer in the video that at one point puts his hands on the man’s arm, but doesn’t appear to stop the officer from throwing punches.
“I was angry, I was crying, I was hurt.”
Shantel Allen is McGrier’s sister.
Though police haven’t said what specifically led to the encounter, they say one of the officers knew the man, adding that the situation escalated after he was asked for ID and refused.
“The level of force that was used by that officer was unnecessary,” said Allen.
“This is totally unethical, man,” said McGrier’s mentor, Terry Williams.
McGrier’s mentor Terry Williams said he saw the whole thing unfold.
“It happened so fast, but you know its clear. Stevie Wonder could see that this police was definitely over-aggressive.”:
Baltimore defense attorney Warren Brown tells me he is now representing McGrier. He says that he’s at Johns Hopkins being treated for several injuries including a broken jaw.
Mayor Catherine Pugh also putting out a statement saying she demands answers and accountability.
She too calling the video disturbing.
Police say the man was not charged and was released from custody.
Baltimore police say they are working with the state attorney’s office on the case.