An officer see on video repeatedly punching a man in Baltimore has resigned.
Baltimore Police say Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle has accepted his resignation. The second officer seen in the video remains on administrative duties.
The incident happened Saturday morning on East Monument Street and North Rose Street and shows a Baltimore police officer repeatedly hitting another man.
The cause of this incident is unknown, but Tuggle sent out the following statement:
I am deeply disturbed by the video that surfaced online earlier today. The officer involved has been suspended while we investigate the totality of this incident. Part of our investigation will be reviewing body worn camera footage. If anyone witnessed this incident we are asking you to contact the Office of Professional Responsibility at 410-396-2300 or visit the following website: https://www.baltimorepolice.org/transparency/citizen-complaints.
A couple hours later, Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh also released a statement.
I have seen the very disturbing video of an encounter between a Baltimore City police officer and a Baltimore City resident and have demanded answers and accountability. I am in close contact with Interim Commissioner Tuggle who has not only suspended the officer in question but has launched an immediate investigation into the full circumstances of this encounter. We are working day and night to bring about a new era of community-based, Constitutional policing and will not be deterred by this or any other instance that threatens our efforts to re-establish the trust of all citizens in the Baltimore Police Department.
The police department is continuing their criminal investigation.