A Baltimore police officer was caught on video brutally slapping a student at nearby REACH! Partnership School. The footage, which was captured in a first-person video clip by another student, very clearly shows the officer slapping and kicking the student, while using profane language to tell him to go home.
Baltimore City Schools says video of officer slapping student happened late today. “Vigorously” under investigation pic.twitter.com/GW5OKeOPF2
— Christian Schaffer (@chrisfromabc2) March 2, 2016
Until the video, which aired via local CBS affiliate WJZ, was brought to the school’s attention, they reportedly had no idea the incident had taken place. Police officers are stationed at seven area schools, including REACH! Partnership, and according to the Schools Police website, their mission is to “build community” at the institutions at which they’re stationed. Needless to say, this won’t help.
The Baltimore City Schools Police Chief has been placed on administrative leave, and the officer pictured in the video has been relocated. WJZ was able to confirm with the person who took the video that the victim of the slap attack was in fact a member of the school’s student body, but his identity has not yet been revealed.