A white Baltimore police officer was recently caught on a cellphone video apparently punching a young black man, Antonio Moore, in the face.
The video (below) appears to show the officer ordering people away from a McDonald's, even though they are standing on a public sidewalk.
After Moore asks the officer if he has probable cause, the cop pokes him with his finger and tells him to get out of his face. Moore brushes the poke away, and the cop punches him in the face, reports CBS Baltimore.
The officer then handcuffs Moore and calls for backup.
The officer claimed in his police report that Moore, “without warning began rapidly advancing towards me in a threatening, hostile manner so I placed my arm out to create a distance and halted his advance.”
The video seems to show Moore standing still and being approached by the officer.
Moore was charged with second degree assault and disorderly conduct.
The Baltimore Police Department is investigating the video, which it claims only shows a portion of what happened, although the video seems to show what happened before, during and after the incident.
The City of Baltimore has paid out $5.7 million in taxpayer dollars since January 2011 to settle lawsuits concerning police brutality, and another $5.8 million defending itself in court, noted The Baltimore Sun in an investigative report in September 2014.