BREAKING NEWS 3 Madison County schools move to remote learning due to coronavirus Full Story

Baltimore officer caught beating man

A police officer has resigned after repeatedly hitting Dashawn McGrier after he refused to show his identification.

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 10:14 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2018 10:21 PM

The video starts with a man screaming in a police officer's face.

"For what?!" the man yells on a Baltimore sidewalk.

The officer responds by shoving the man backward against a brick wall.

"Don't touch me!" the man yells, slapping the cop's hand away.

Then the video gets really ugly.

The officer starts throwing punches and continues pummeling the man for the next 12 seconds, the bystander's video shows.

They both eventually fall to the ground, and the officer pins the man down with his arm across his neck. The man's blood starts pooling on the sidewalk.

What happened Saturday morning marks the latest controversial use of force against a black person by police.

The Baltimore officer who attacked the man is also black. So is another officer who witnessed the attack, but did little to intervene.

Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said he was "deeply disturbed" by the incident, and the officer seen throwing punches was quickly suspended. The Baltimore Department tweeted late Sunday that the officer resigned.

The other officer has been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of an investigation, Baltimore police said. The state attorney's office was also notified.

Police have not identified either officer.

What led up to the attack

The incident began around 11:45 a.m. while officers were working on "a crime suppression detail related to crime in the area," Baltimore police spokesman T. J. Smith said.

"Two officers encountered a man, whom one of the officers is familiar with," police said.

"After the first encounter, officers released him and ... approached him again to provide him a citizen's contact sheet," police said.

Smith said officers are required to fill out a contact sheet any time they talk to a citizen in relation to any type of investigation, no matter how brief the encounter.

"When he was asked for his identification, the situation escalated when he refused," police said.

Police did not identify the man, but CNN affiliate WJZ identified him as Dashawn McGrier.

He was taken into custody and was also given medical treatment for his injuries, police said. He was not charged with any crimes and was released from custody, police said.

The man's attorney, Warren Brown, is planning to file a lawsuit, CNN affiliate WBAL reported. Brown has not responded to CNN's request for comment.

'Zero tolerance' for this behavior

Tuggle said he was appalled by the incident and has "zero tolerance for behavior like I witnessed on the video."

"Officers have a responsibility and duty to control their emotions in the most stressful of situations," the interim police commissioner said.

Baltimore is still dealing with the aftermath of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, who died in custody a week after a police encounter.

Days of peaceful protests devolved into riots, with assaults on police, looting, arson and the devastation of businesses.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said in a tweet that the city is working hard to earn and maintain the trust of the public. She said she has demanded answers and accountability for what happened Saturday.

"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 reestablish trust of all citizens in the Baltimore Police Department," she said.

Huntsville
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 55°
Florence
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 41°
Fayetteville
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 50°
Decatur
Overcast
51° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 51°
Scottsboro
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 54°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 244993

Reported Deaths: 3572
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson32314500
Mobile19859361
Madison13223148
Tuscaloosa13049154
Montgomery12342236
Shelby1031577
Baldwin873398
Lee775766
Morgan662650
Calhoun6301119
Etowah627666
Marshall627255
Houston525638
DeKalb485536
Cullman439442
Limestone425145
St. Clair419555
Lauderdale407854
Elmore406864
Walker3657111
Talladega351454
Jackson320423
Colbert311942
Blount292240
Autauga273542
Franklin252633
Coffee245415
Dale232654
Dallas226232
Chilton223438
Russell22193
Covington218934
Escambia198331
Chambers176850
Tallapoosa176391
Pike158614
Clarke158419
Marion140236
Winston133023
Lawrence127936
Pickens123518
Geneva12218
Marengo121524
Bibb117917
Barbour117310
Butler116541
Randolph102921
Cherokee102224
Hale97031
Clay91924
Fayette91616
Washington91219
Henry8546
Lowndes79929
Monroe78911
Cleburne77214
Macon73722
Crenshaw71130
Bullock69619
Perry6886
Conecuh68414
Lamar6798
Wilcox63518
Sumter58122
Greene42618
Choctaw42213
Coosa3444
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 363466

Reported Deaths: 4541
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby47682658
Davidson42703420
Knox18764149
Rutherford17749161
Hamilton16701152
Williamson1140080
Sumner9744137
Out of TN758152
Wilson748178
Montgomery658683
Sullivan643996
Washington6000106
Putnam591382
Maury584267
Blount549160
Madison5349110
Bradley519735
Sevier484831
Unassigned468222
Robertson377453
Tipton365938
Hamblen345560
Gibson323365
Dyer320751
Greene308272
Anderson294629
Dickson289133
Coffee281841
Bedford275630
Carter272455
Lawrence270034
Obion265950
Cumberland257236
McMinn252355
Warren240020
Roane235229
Loudon228019
Jefferson226932
Fayette225338
Hardeman224737
Weakley216937
Monroe212744
Franklin208634
Lauderdale205023
Hawkins194934
Wayne192010
Trousdale190512
Henderson185133
Macon184028
Hardin178125
White176918
Carroll174734
Marshall174420
Rhea169731
Haywood162930
Lincoln161215
Cocke160630
Cheatham158617
Overton154335
Campbell154223
Henry153619
Giles146949
Smith143819
Johnson141621
McNairy140233
Fentress121920
Hickman118219
Lake11766
Bledsoe11745
DeKalb115822
Crockett115526
Marion109819
Scott10727
Chester102520
Grainger101217
Decatur95513
Unicoi85826
Claiborne8369
Benton81314
Grundy77714
Cannon7663
Lewis76314
Morgan7306
Union7195
Humphreys7098
Jackson68410
Polk66515
Stewart59415
Houston58720
Clay55318
Sequatchie5285
Meigs48913
Perry48321
Moore3963
Pickett39013
Van Buren3672
Hancock1673

Community Events