By Micarie Kemp
BALTIMORE, Md (WBFF) — A Baltimore City Police officer has been suspended after a video surfaced showing him repeatedly punching a man in the head.
The incident happened Saturday morning on East Monument and North Rose Streets.
In the video shot by Dakas White, you see a man standing on a sidewalk arguing with the officer before the first punch is thrown.
WBFF does not have information on what led up to the attack.
Police sent WBFF the below statement.
I’m deeply disturbed by the video that surfaced online earlier today. The officer involved has been suspended while we investigate the totality of this incident. Part of our investigation will be reviewing body worn camera footage. If anyone witnessed this incident we are asking you to contact the Office of Professional Responsibility at 410-396-2300 .
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has also responded to the video saying, "I have seen the very disturbing video of an encounter between a Baltimore City Police officer and Baltimore City resident and have demanded answers and accountability. I am in close contact with interim Commissioner Tuggle who has not only suspended the officer in question but has launched an immediate investigation into the full circumstances of the encounter.
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 re-establish the trust of all citizens in the Baltimore Police Department."