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A former Baltimore City police officer has been indicted by a grand jury on criminal charges including first-degree assault after a video surfaced on social media that showed him repeatedly punching a man in the face.

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told reporters Tuesday that a warrant has now been issued for the arrest of Officer Arthur Williams.


“It is important that the community knows there is one standard of justice, no matter your sex, race, religion, or occupation,” said Mosby. “Police officers are sworn to protect and serve and when that oath is taken for granted and an abuse of that power is evident, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law. This is an integral part to rebuilding trust in our criminal justice system.”

In the video that went viral, the officer is exchanging sharp words with a man who has been identified as 26-year-old DaShawn McGrier. McGrier’s attorney, Warren Brown, said that his client sustained multiple injuries including a fractured jaw, two fractured ribs, he lost feeling in his left leg.

The grand jury has charged Williams with misconduct in office, one count of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault.