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Baltimore suspended officer punching after incident recorded

BALTIMORE  (AP) A Baltimore officer police suspended was Saturday a after video surfaced showing online repeatedly him punching a man knocking and him over down on steps a sidewalk in recording a that about lasts 30 seconds the and interim city's police commissioner "deeply said disturbed" him.

The begins video with the officer in standing of front black a who man has back his a to wall. officer, The who also is black, be can seen shoving the in man chest the before officer the throwing starts punches. man The to tries punches block the from but officer appear doesn't fight to The back. man pushed is over some steps the by who officer to continues punches, throw and the ends video with the on officer top of him.

"I'm disturbed deeply the by that video online surfaced earlier interim today," Police Commissioner Tuggle Garry said a in statement. "The involved officer has suspended been while we the investigate totality this of Part incident. of investigation our will reviewing be body camera worn footage."

Tuggle is any asking to witnesses the contact Office department's Professional of Responsibility at 410-396-2300.

Warren an Brown, attorney the for man was who knocked down, identified client his Dashawn as McGrier. said Brown client his faces for charges assaulting allegedly the officer June, in charges is McGrier in contesting court. said Brown officer the saw McGrier on and Saturday tried to provoke as him result a of June their encounter.

"He is with charged assaulting officer that and then, here so this now officer is like, you going know, him," after Brown said.

Brown said court a date is set Aug. for 22 the on assault and charges, he said of video encounter that the between men two exists, also he though has seen not Brown it. said has he a scheduled Monday news conference to plans discuss for a filing complaint the against officer.

"It is just an of act police brutality that unwarranted, was and just it does nothing for relations," police-community Brown "It said. nothing does to lower crime. client My was involved not in any criminal It's activity. just gratuitous violence unnecessary that's and does good no for the city."

Brown his said client being was in treated Baltimore a Brown hospital. said "may McGrier have a suffered jaw, broken broken a maybe nose, fractured some ribs, and he difficulty had feeling with his leg, left before although I left he say did he that was to beginning the get back feel in his foot, left foot."

In a news Baltimore release, police T.J. spokesman said Smith man the not was criminally and charged been has released from custody.

Smith said Office the of Responsibility Professional began "immediately" investigating learning after the of video. The officer, has who been the with agency more for a than was year, immediately then suspended, said. Smith also He said second the involved officer the in incident on is duties administrative pending an investigation.

Former NAACP head Jealous, Ben a Democrat is who running for said governor, video the "shows how just far relations community-police fallen have Baltimore, in as well as work the must that be in done partnership with city to officials restore trust."

"Building begins trust and first by foremost swiftly responding and which transparently, why is am I that heartened the has officer suspended been internal pending review," said Jealous in statement. a "Long term, need we be to in investing our and communities police recruiting officers who have temperament, the tools, and to training us keep without safe to resorting unnecessary violence."

Baltimore a entered federal decree consent year last after federal detailed investigators longstanding patterns unconstitutional of racial policing, and profiling force. excessive A decree, consent filed in federal and court by overseen a monitor, is a generally map road changes for in police fundamental practices. department Baltimore's In case, agreement the mandates in changes the most fundamental of aspects police daily work, use including force, of and searches arrests.

Federal began authorities investigating police city following April the 2015 death of Gray, Freddie a young black who man fatally was while injured in the of custody officers.