A criminal investigation has been launched into an alarming incident that took place at a Baltimore school this week. A police officer was caught on video repeatedly assaulting a high school student.
The footage was filmed by another student at REACH Partnership School and it shows an officer slapping and kicking an unidentified teenager while another officer simply watches. School officials were reportedly unaware of the incident until it was brought to their attention by local news station WJZ. And now, Marshal Goodwin, the Chief of Baltimore City School Police had been placed on administrative leave, and the officers have been relocated until the school completes an investigation.
On Wednesday morning, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake addressed the video in a statement, saying, "The behavior that was demonstrated on the video, you never want to see anyone treated like that. It certainly is not helpful as we work to build bridges of trust to see that level of mistreatment.
Sadly, this reminds us of similarly alarming footage from South Carolina last year, when a cop was caught on video dragging a student out of a classroom. That incident prompted the Sheriff's office in South Carolina to request an FBI investigation, but at this point, it's unclear whether or not the officer in Baltimore will face any charges.