The head of the Baltimore City Schools Police is on administrative leave and two police officers have been reassigned after video emerged online of a school cop repeatedly slapping and swearing at a young man, CBS News reported.
The video, filmed at Reach Partnership High, shows the officer slap the student twice and yell “get the fuck outta here” before kicking him.
Baltimore city schools did not identify the officers involved but said the officer shown striking the student would not be at the school Wednesday and has been reassigned pending an investigation. Baltimore City Schools Police Chief Marshall Goodwin was put on administrative leave.
School officials also could not confirm the young man in the video is a student, but the person who filmed the video told local media the victim attends the high school.
“I was totally appalled at what I saw today,” Karl Perry, chief school supports officer, told the CBS affiliate in Baltimore. “I’m a parent, and I’m totally appalled at what I saw in that video. No matter what the circumstances are, I am totally appalled.”
On Wednesday morning, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was “appalled” by the video, but said Gregory Thornton, head of Baltimore City Public Schools, has a “very, very difficult job,” WMAR reported.
“It certainly is not helpful as we work to build those bridges of trust to see that level of mistreatment,” Rawlings-Blake said.
Watch the incident, via WMAR:
Baltimore City Schools says video of officer slapping student happened late today. “Vigorously” under investigation pic.twitter.com/GW5OKeOPF2
— Christian Schaffer (@chrisfromabc2) March 2, 2016