This video shows a disturbing moment where a Baltimore police officer goes ballistic after confronting teenagers on the skateboards. He gets increasingly angry and then physical over a lack of respect.
Officers can have bad days and this is not a matter that should lead to termination. However, kids often complain (without such proof) of officers becoming abusive for no reason. This is a textbook case of such abuse and should be part of a training class for officers. The officer clearly used his authority improperly and excessively in dealing with the teenagers. It should be a basis for a reprimand and compelled training classes for the officer. Throwing the teenager to the ground for no reason would constitute battery and excessive force. What is remarkable is that the most calm voices in the scene are the teenagers — a rather bad sign.
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