The Baltimore police officer is suspended after a disturbing video showed him hitting and attacking the man

Dashawn McGrier (above) was identified as the man who was hit by a Baltimore police officer in a video that is going viral

A Baltimore police officer was suspended after a video of him beating and attacking a man went viral. The officer, his partner and the private citizen are all black.

The police confrontation with Dashawn McGrier, 26, occurred around noon Saturday on the sidewalk in front of Q & # 39; s Bar and Liquors in the 2600 block of East Monument Street in East Baltimore.

"I am deeply concerned about the behavior I witnessed today," said interim Baltimore police commissioner Gary Tuggle in a statement.

"While I have the expectation that officers are out of their cars, on foot and engaging citizens, I hope it will be done professionally and constitutionally, I have zero tolerance for behavior as I saw it in today's video," Tuggle continued. .

Dashawn McGrier (above) was identified as the man who was hit by a Baltimore police officer in a video that is going viral

Dashawn McGrier (above) was identified as the man who was hit by a Baltimore police officer in a video that is going viral

The video begins with McGrier with his back against the wall, screaming in the face of the officer

The video begins with McGrier with his back against the wall, screaming in the face of the officer

The video begins with McGrier with his back against the wall, screaming in the face of the officer

The officer pushes McGrier against the wall and then begins to throw punches when McGrier pushes his arm

The officer pushes McGrier against the wall and then begins to throw punches when McGrier pushes his arm

The officer pushes McGrier against the wall and then begins to throw punches when McGrier pushes his arm

The officer, who has not been named, reportedly has a story with McGrier, the man seen being hit in the video.

A previous altercation in June ended with the agent accusing McGrier of assaulting an officer, disorderly conduct, obstruction, obstruction and resistance to arrest, said McGrier's attorney, Warren Brown, to the Baltimore Sun.

Brown said that in both the June arrest and the Saturday incident, the agent pointed to McGrier without justification.

The incident began when two officers, who were working on a special initiative against crime at the borders, met McGrier on the sidewalk, police said in a statement that he did not identify McGrier by name.

After releasing McGrier, the two officers approached him again to give him a citizen contact sheet, which the police issued as recognition that a citizen had had a particular encounter with an officer.

When McGrier refused to take the contact sheet or provide identification, the situation intensified.

The officer grabs McGrier by the arm and lowers him to the sidewalk near his partner

The officer grabs McGrier by the arm and lowers him to the sidewalk near his partner

The officer grabs McGrier by the arm and lowers him to the sidewalk near his partner

The companion briefly tried to intervene, but soon realized that the crowd around him was becoming hostile.

The companion briefly tried to intervene, but soon realized that the crowd around him was becoming hostile.

The companion briefly tried to intervene, but soon realized that the crowd around him was becoming hostile.

The video shows McGrier with his back against the wall screaming in the officer's face.

The officer pushes McGrier against the wall, and McGrier pushes his arm, at which point the officer starts hitting punches.

McGrier tries to avoid the blows, but does not seem to throw any in return when the officer repeatedly hits him and knocks him to the ground.

The other officer present seems to try briefly to separate the two men, before turning his attention to the crowd of other men around and telling them to back off.

McGrier seems to bleed from his mouth once he's on the ground. The entire incident lasts approximately 12 seconds from the moment the officer pushes McGrier until the moment he pinned him to the ground.

McGrier was arrested but was not criminally charged for the incident, police said. His lawyer said he had been taken to a hospital and that X-rays of his jaw, nose and ribs were to be taken on Saturday night for alleged fractures in the altercation.

The officer who hit McGrier has been a Baltimore police officer for just over a year, the department said.

He was suspended, and his partner has been assigned to administrative tasks pending the outcome of the investigation. 1.

The officer nails McGrier on the floor while his partner stands on him

The officer nails McGrier on the floor while his partner stands on him

The officer nails McGrier on the floor while his partner stands on him

McGrier seems to bleed through his mouth while immobilized on the pavement

McGrier seems to bleed through his mouth while immobilized on the pavement

McGrier seems to bleed through his mouth while immobilized on the pavement

The BPD Office of Professional Responsibility and the State Attorney's Office are investigating the incident.

It follows several years of tense relations between the police in Baltimore and parts of the community.

Freddie Gray's death in 2015 of spinal injuries sustained while in police custody sparked violent riots. None of the six officers charged in the matter was found guilty.

A 2016 Justice Department report criticized the city for the long-standing discriminatory enforcement practices of the Baltimore police that allowed illegal searches, arrests and arrests of African-Americans for misdemeanors.

The homicide rate in the city has drastically increased after the unrest over Gray's death, ending 2017 at a record high.

After the incident on Saturday, Acting Chief Tuggle said: "Officers have the responsibility and duty to control their emotions in the most stressful situations."

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