A Baltimore cop was caught in a photograph, which is now going viral, pointing his pistol into a crowd of hundreds.
The incident began Sunday night as a crowd gathered to watch dirt bikers perform. Police showed up to disperse the crowd, when one of them took to threatening the lives of hundreds.
“It just seemed so egregious,” said Noah Scialom, who took the photo. “I just took a few pictures, and I couldn’t believe that he did it.”
After a glass bottle had allegedly broken near a group of officers, this one cop felt that it was necessary to respond with deadly force. According to Scialom, no other officers felt the need to brandish their weapons, and the photograph illustrates that point.
According to WDAM, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she has asked the police commissioner to investigate. A police spokesman said they take the incident seriously, and the officer has been placed on administrative duties during an investigation.
After the image had been posted to Facebook, it was met with mixed responses. While most people saw the cop as threatening and insane, a few ardent apologists praised the officer’s actions. “Looks like he knows how to handle a situation,” said one person on Facebook.
As is the standard operating procedure for police officers behaving badly, this madcap cop has not been identified but the department assures us that it is under investigation.