The video appears to show a Baltimore police officer punching a woman after she had hit another officer in the face multiple times.
WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Tre Ward said the woman approached him and his photographer Friday night. She claimed to be mentally ill and couldn’t go home to her family. Ward was told the woman was not with protesters who gathered downtown in wake of the death of George Floyd. She remained after they cleared at 9 p.m. and the encounter with police happened before the demonstration returned an hour later.
Baltimore Police Department has responded,
“Last night, the Department became aware of an incident involving the arrest of a woman by two of our officers. A video posted online showed a women striking a Police Sergeant twice in the face and then a Police Officer striking her in the head. She was subsequently taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for an emergency petition. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison viewed the video and ordered an immediate investigation into this incident by the Department’s Special Investigations Response Team unit which is part of the Public Integrity Bureau. The Deputy Commissioner for PIB has directed a full review and has suspended the officer’s police powers during the investigations.”