Baltimore police launch an internal investigation into the actions of one of their officers, after cell phone videos appear to show the officer spitting on a man already in handcuffs.
Derek Valcourt has the video and reaction from the interim police commissioner.
This is now a criminal and internal investigation. Based on additional video and witness interviews, the decision has been made to suspend the officer’s police powers.
“Our internal investigation progressed rapidly today with the review of available video and interaction with witnesses. The video appears to depict the police sergeant spitting on the arrestee. That is outrageously unacceptable and it directly contradicts the necessary community relationships we are striving to rehabilitate. The police powers of Sergeant Robert Mesner are now suspended, and a criminal investigation is underway. Our entire community deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.” Said Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.