A Baltimore police officer, identified as Arthur Williams, will face several charges after he was caught brutally attacking a man in a viral video. The incident has once again opened the controversy underlying the police department’s treatment of the city’s Black residents, even by Black cops.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced on Tuesday that a grand jury has indicted Arthur Williams, who previously resigned from the Baltimore Police Department on Sunday, on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, as well as misconduct in office. A warrant has also been issued for William’s arrest.
Video of Williams repeatedly beating 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier immediately went viral since a bystander who recorded it posted it to Facebook and Instagram on Saturday. Both Williams and McGrier are Black.
In the video, Williams can be seen punching McGrier in the head and face. McGrier didn’t fight back and even fell to the ground but Williams still didn’t stop. Bystanders can also be heard in the background criticizing the officer’s use of force.
According to reports, Williams also had a previous encounter with McGrier last June. McGrier’s attorney, Warren Brown, claims Williams has taunted and harassed his client for months.
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Source: Black News