The police chief of Baltimore City Public Schools has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced showing an officer slapping and kicking a young man at a school.
The officer in the video has also been placed on leave as school officials investigate the case, the Baltimore Sun reported, citing a school spokeswoman.
The video of the altercation between the officer and the young man was filmed with a cell phone on Tuesday at REACH Partnership School in East Baltimore and posted to Facebook, according to the newspaper. It is not yet clear if the young man is a student at the school, and it’s also unclear what preceded the filmed incident.
The incident comes after a year when the police’s actions against members of the black community sparked protests across the country.
“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 on Wednesday morning, according to the Baltimore Sun. “It certainly is not helpful as we work to build bridges of trust to see that level of mistreatment.”
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