Prosecutors have opted not to pursue charges against a man placed in a choke hold on Monday by a Baltimore police officer. Also Friday, the police report from the encounter was made public.
The charges were disposed of Friday, according to online court records. David Dixon faced charges of narcotics possession with intent to distribute, second-degree assault, trespassing and resisting arrest.
“Based on the review of the unreleased body worn camera footage, dismissal of the charges was warranted and further investigation has been initiated,” Zy Richardson, a spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, said in a statement.
A bystander’s video of the encounter was posted to Twitter Thursday, but police said they had been investigating the circumstances that led to the arrest and the use of force since Monday.
The officer who pinned Dixon is identified in court records and a police report as Detective Leon Riley IV. Riley and a Detective Sgt. Flynn were patrolling the 1600 block of West Lexington Street, which Riley described in the police report as a known open-air drug shop. Riley wrote that he saw Dixon and others standing by an apartment building where a “no trespassing” sign hung outside. The officers drove by and returned a short time later to see Dixon standing by the adjacent vacant property, which also had a “no trespassing” sign in the window. Riley wrote Dixon was exhibiting “evasive body language.”
The officers got out of the car and asked the group if any of them lived in the apartment building. They said they didn’t. Riley then grabbed Dixon’s jacket, at which point Dixon tried to flee, Riley wrote. It was at this point, Riley wrote, that he felt gel caps through a jacket pocket. Riley wrote that Dixon then became more aggressive, striking Riley in the face and punching him in the abdomen.