A distressing video showing a Baltimore school police officer slapping and kicking a young man at Reach Partnership High School has outraged both school officials and city politicians.
The video, obtained by WJX, resulted in two officers being reassigned and the head of Baltimore’s school police force being placed on administrative leave.
Video of the young man being pummeled while enduring a profanity-laced tirade upset many who viewed it. Both the officer and the young man are black.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday described the video as “appalling” as well, The Baltimore Sun reported.
“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,” she said. “It certainly is not helpful as we work to build bridges of trust to see that level of mistreatment.”
She added:”The behavior that was demonstrated on the video, you never want to see anyone treated like that.”
In February the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund asked that the Justice Department investigate the Baltimore City Police Department, including school resource officers.
“There is evidence that the (school police department) has used force against students,” the NAACP said in a statement obtained by the Sun.
School officials say the incident is being investigated and the officer seen hitting the young man has been reassigned until the investigation is complete.
Watch the video below: