The Baltimore cop who was caught on video repeatedly slapping and then kicking a student has been charged along with the officer who watched it happen.
Officer Anthony Spence, 44, allegedly hit the student and is charged with second-degree child abuse, second-degree assault and misconduct in office while the other officer, Saverna Bias, is charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office, The Baltimore Sun reports. Arrest warrants were served Wednesday, and both officers posted bond.
The cellphone video was filmed March 1 and put on Facebook. It appears to show Bias watch as Spence slaps a student. The mayor and school have condemned the officers’ actions. The two officers, as well as School Police Chief Marshall Goodwin, have been put on administrative leave.
“Anytime there is a law enforcement officer with that level of authority that seems to be abusing that authority, it impacts all of us across the country,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. “It certainly is not helpful as we work to build bridges of trust to see that level of mistreatment.”
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