A Baltimore police officer was initially suspended with pay after being caught on camera repeatedly punching Dashawn McGrier in the face because he allegedly refused to show his ID.
CNN reported that the officer has resigned.
McGrier was taken into custody, given medical treatment, and then released. He was not charged with a crime.
Police have not identified the officer, but Attorney Warren Brown, who is representing McGrier, identified him as Officer Arthur Williams, reported The Baltimore Sun.
“It seems like this officer had just decided that Dashawn was going to be his punching bag,” Brown said. “And this was a brutal attack that was degrading and demeaning to my client, to that community, and to the police department.”
The Sun commented on how Williams was described when he graduated the police academy last year:
“he received awards for top performance, including for high marks in “defense tactics, physical training and emergency vehicle operations,” for his “academic achievement, professional attitude, appearance, ability to supervise,” and for his “tireless and unwavering dedication” and “outstanding leadership ability,” according to a video of the graduation ceremony.”
Interim police commissioner Gary Tuggle says he’s deeply disturbed by the video.
The second unidentified officer, who stood by and allow the beating to happen, has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
“I was angry. I was crying. I was hurt,” McGrier’s sister, Shantel Allen, said. “The level of force that was used by that officer was unnecessary.”
Catherine Pugh, Baltimore’s mayor, called the video very disturbing and demanded answers.
Williams has not been charged with any crime at this time.
Watch video of the incident below: