The Balitmore School System’s police chief and two other officers have been placed on administrative leave following the release of a video that shows one cop slapping and kicking a student.
The short video shows a uniformed officer slap a student three times and then kick him. The loud slaps included shouts of profanity. The incident happened Tuesday on the grounds of Reach! Partnership School in Baltimore, school officials revealed. The officer is currently being investigated for assault and conduct unbecoming of an officer of the law.
“As a parent of a Baltimore city school student, I was appalled by what I saw,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said of the video. “The behavior that was demonstrated … is certainly something you never want to see. … Certainly not a school officer acting in this way, particularly with a young person.”
Baltimore School Police Chief Marshall Goodwin was also placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, stated Parks, saying the move was prompted by a “personnel matter.”
Baltimore police and state’s attorney’s office are handling the criminal investigation, officials said.
“I am completely appalled and disappointed by what is depicted in the video,” the school system’s CEO, Gregory Thornton, said in the statement. “Our school police officers are entrusted with ensuring the safety of our students and staff, and I know that most of them take this job seriously while maintaining a high level of professionalism. The behavior in the video is completely unacceptable.”