BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two Baltimore officers were indicted Thursday connected charges for the battle of a 17-year-old lad past year, the Baltimore State’s Attorney Office said.
The bureau said successful its Tuesday announcement that Officer Maxwell Dundore assemblage slammed the teenager, choked him, threatened to termination him and kicked the lad successful the look portion helium was handcuffed. He is charged with charges of second-degree battle and misconduct successful office.
Officials said Sergeant Brendan O’Leary minimized the battle and lied successful his Use Of Force Investigation. He is charged with mendacious connection and misconduct successful office
Officials said Officer Maxwell Dundore responded with different serviceman to the 2800 artifact of Mayfield Avenue connected April 27, 2020, for a study of a car theft. There, helium reportedly saw the teen getting retired of the stolen car.
Officials said the teenage fishy began to fly connected foot, but Dundore chased him and grabbed him and they some fell to the ground. When the teen got up, Dundore reportedly grabbed him by the waist, lifted him up, and slammed him into the ground.
Dundore past reportedly wrapped his legs astir the teen and wrapped his limb astir their neck. When the teen struggled, officials reported Dundore said “I curse to God, I’ll choke you retired if you don’t stop.”
When the teen reportedly kicked astatine the different officer, Dundore allegedly grabbed the boy’s chin with some hands and pulled his caput back.
Officials said arsenic the teen struggled for air, Dundore said “I volition choke you. I volition termination you.” Dundore past reportedly released his grip connected the teen’s neck.
By then, much officers had arrived and the teen was arrested. While the lad was handcuffed and laying connected the ground, Dundore reportedly pushed the close broadside of his face. Officials said Dundore past stood up and “back-kicked” him successful the face.
Dundore past began to taunt the teenager, calling him “stupid ass.” Dundore told the teen to unopen up erstwhile helium complained astir the kick, officials said.
Dundore reportedly aboriginal said to different serviceman connected the country “I did slam him.”
BPD Sergeant O’Leary was required by argumentation to papers the usage of unit incident. O’Leary reportedly responded to the country and conducted an investigation.
The State’s Attorney Office said that though O’Leary said helium watched assemblage camera footage for his report, the study didn’t lucifer reality.
Officials said O’Leary downplayed the assemblage slam and choke successful his report, wholly omitted Dundore pushing the boy’s face, and lied astir Dundore’s kick.
“Sergeant O’Leary falsely stated successful his study that ‘While lasting up, Adams grabbed Officer Dundore’s shoelaces causing him to trip. He was capable to basal up but his ft inadvertently struck Adams successful the near broadside of his face,'” the bureau said successful its announcement.
Officials said O’Leary’s study would pb investigators to judge Dundore was wrong BPD policy.
If convicted, Dundore faces a maximum of 10 years successful national situation for the second-degree battle charge. O’Leary faces a maximum of six months for the mendacious statement.
There is nary max condemnation for Dundore and O’Leary’s misconduct successful bureau charges.
Mayor Brandon Scott released a connection Friday connected the indictment:
“I americium alert that 2 members of the Baltimore Police Department were indicted contiguous for an incidental involving the apprehension of a teen past April. I americium disgusted by these allegations and stay committed to improving this civilization and deficiency of humanity. Building a safer Baltimore is my apical priority. Police tin apprehend suspects without unduly harming oregon degrading them. Moreover, I volition proceed to advocator earlier the Maryland General Assembly for the indispensable section authorization to instantly terminate officers for intelligibly egregious behaviour successful the involvement of nationalist safety. I look guardant to a swift and thorough judicial process.”
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