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Report: Video Depicts Laurel Police Hitting Handcuffed Man

A bystander captured video during incident, according to a report.

The Laurel Police Department is investigating an incident involving an officer striking a handcuffed man at a bar early Sunday, according to a report.

News4 is reporting that a witness captured a video of a Laurel police officer repeatedly striking a handcuffed man over the face and head during an apparent arrest at Laurel Station Bar and Grill over the weekend.

According to the report, police were called at 2 a.m. to the bar along the 14900 block of Baltimore Avenue after a fight broke out between patrons. In the video, two officers are seen taking a man away in handcuffs while one of the officers began yelling and striking the man.

“He punched him one time. He punched him again. He punched him again,” Craig Reddix, the witness, told News4.

The video can be viewed here.

A shift supervisor for the department reported the incident to the chief, according to News4.

jon August 08, 2012 at 01:25 AM
unreal! these corrupt cops gotta be stopped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jon August 08, 2012 at 01:27 AM
three punches and the dude was cuffed!
Joshua Garner (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 02:40 AM
What do you think should be done to the officer involved in the incident?
Polly August 08, 2012 at 11:05 AM
He should be arrested, tried and convicted. But, first he needs to be fired. Seriously, this is apprehensible! Or maybe we could have him handcuffed and have the crap knocked out of him so he can see what it's like. Well, okay that may be a bit over the top. I don't want this live wire serving and protecting me at all.
Sarah August 08, 2012 at 08:59 PM
First of all let me say that I am overly thrilled that someone finally caught the ail legal acts of the laurel police on camera. I myself have witnessed such things on many occasions being a youth in this community (I'm an 18 year old female). I have had friends attacked but there is never any proof, do its our word against theirs, and of course anyone will believe them. I hope this officer looses his job, pension, and whatever other benefits he may have and be tried, as a regular civilian, not a cop.
Joshua Garner (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Does anyone think that this could have been an isolated instant and emotions/reactions ran high?
larry sims August 09, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Even if it was its a crime and I can't believe the mayor hasn't said jack about it, this cops gotta go to jail
Polly August 09, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Joshua, this is I'm sure not an isolated incident. Laurel Police has a very long history of just that type of behavior. Some just seem to let their perceived power go to their heads, and then of course we have testosterone in the mix. Police officers aren't supposed to let those things intefere with being a rational human being. If anyone else did that they would surely arrest them on the spot. Isolated or no there just isn't an excuse or reason for hitting/beating a person that is hancuffed and defenseless. Period.
Bob August 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Do any of you know the entire story? You have seen a few seconds of an incident that lasted, how long? Was the individual fighting the police (and yes you CAN do that while cuffed)? What had the individual done to get himself arrested? Let's just jump to conclusions based on one video from a biased source and your own bogitted ideas. Why not wait until all the FACTS are in before we crucify this young officer. And, Polly, support you accusations. Cite the incidents when a Laurel Police office has done what you say. You claim LPD has a long history of this. I have been a Laurel Resident for more than 40 years and I can not remember proven incident like this one, or even an accusation. So prove me wrong.
Bob August 10, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Jay, you are right. No one HAS to show me anything, and Polly has the right to make unsubstantiated claims. The Supreme Court says she has the right to lie if she so chooses. However, I have the RIGHT to call her on it. As for going to the Police and reviewing the list of complaints, how many were actually true? They are all investigated, yet no officer was convicted of a crime. One was taken to trial in District Court and the case was dismissed as frivolous. In one case the defendant accused the officers of theft, and that case was thrown out of criminal court, however he was given a minor award in civil court (he asked $10 million, he was awarded less than $150,000). These cases are available on the MD Case search, if you would care to view them before making biased comments. Any person can make an accusation; it doesn't mean it's true. As we are seeing in politics now, lies have a way of going around the world before the truth gets started. All I ask for is time to find the truth before the bigots in the world continue their exaggerations and lies.
tanisha August 10, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Not an isolated incident Laurel City cops have been abusive for years. About time they got caught. Like Sarah said it's always been cops word against person they physically or mentally abused. This guy is not the only one. I have very little respect for some of the officers in the City - some are good cops but there are a few rotten apples.
Polly August 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Bob - BoBo what ever ! First of all who do you think you are calling a bigot? FYI I'm a middleaged white female but, it doesn't take a bigot who has lived in this area their whole life hearing of all the accusations against PGPD and LPD etc. You'd have to be living under a rock to have not heard it before, this time their just happened to be someone with a video camera that caught it. I also have a long line of wonderful law enforcement officers in my family and they also know this kind of thing does happen, and it upsets them when it does as they it paints them all with the same brush. Most cops are wonderful assets to the communities in which they serve but there are also some bad apples, just like every where in life. And the fact that I can recite all the stories and accusations that I've heard for so many years doesn't mean they didn't happen. And just because some cops got off, doesn't mean it didn't happen either. So just bite me you uninformed moron. I'm sure there will be far more that agree with me than with you, as they know the truth just as I do.
Bob August 10, 2012 at 07:31 PM
First off, I did not call you a bigot. I mentioned bigoted ideas. If you took that wrong, so be it. I also did not refer to juvenile name calling, as you have decided to. I have heard accusations about the PGPD using excessive force that have been found, unfortunately, to be true. The same is NOT true towards the LPD. We are blessed with a professional, courteous police force that has to put up with folks who believe just because they are wearing blue makes them a criminal. Folks like this are the worst kind of uninformed hypocrites who will blame the Police Officer for the abhorrent behavior of the criminal in custody. Folks who break the law then immediately blame the officer for arresting them and file meaningless complaints against officers to clog the system. I will ask this again: Were you there when this incident happened or are you relying on the account of a biased media, the single side of the lawyer who is out for a payday, the criminal in question and a 7 second video shot by a friend of the accused of an incident that was far longer? If the Police produced a video showing the criminal in custody was attacking the Officer, would you believe that one? If you were not there, why not try to be an adult and wait until the facts come out before you act like an anti-Police activist and jump to conclusions that may or may not be the correct ones.
Bob August 11, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Jay - I am all for open adult conversation. When I mentions the "criminal in question" I suppose I may havebeen jumping the gun, as the person in hadcuffs had been arrested. While I am sure he has been charged with something by now, at the initial writting I had no proof. I shall seek it. I only wish you would take the time also before you classify cops as "thugs". This may play well in some commiunities but it would appear to be beneath the adult conversation you state you wish to carry on. My "relationship" with the police is that I know most all of them from my volunteer work with the several groups with in the city. While I do not believe that every cop is a good guy, I do believe we should respect them enough to allow the investigation to be completed before we decide to convict them, as so many have done on this page already. As for the Police releasing a video, they are not allowed to release any information they may have until an investigation is completed. I do not believe that being able to recite stories other have related to you consititutes proof that an LPD Officer has done wrong in the past. I quoted information available to the general public if you care to look for it. Also, I have been on the wrong side of the law when I was younger. I grew out of it, too bad the person handcuffed probably didn't.
Emil Farkwarp August 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
The kid had it coming to him, just like that cuffed and seated gal in RI the cops kicked in the face (on film) and got away with. Cops investigating cops; what could possibly be the problem there?
NeedRealNews August 16, 2012 at 01:03 PM
It will all come out in the wash and the NAACPs, the Valerie Cunninghams, and the Mike Sarich's will all piss and moan cause they are not happy with the answers the get, unless it's exactly what the want to hear.
lucretia dorchy August 16, 2012 at 01:43 PM
would like to know the attorney name who is representing the man in hand cuffs I also live in beltsville and do know of the burtality of the laurel police my son was beaten by the laurel police back in 1990's yes they are very quick to beat people in their custody and yes they get away with it I hope this time they don't. as my mom use to say " it's a mighty Long road that don't have a turn in it" maybe its going to be that turn in the road now!! If someone knows the attorney please e-mail me @ cdorchy42@aol.com thanks.
IMO2 August 17, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Well, it's always been pretty COWARDLY of any police office to decide he wants to throws hands AFTER his opponent is already cuffed. If you really want to prove your manhood, take the cuffs of the guy and let's try this thing again. Because I think you KNOW what would happen. If the guy is cuffed and not resisting you have NO RIGHT to strike him. Your job is ONLY to bring him in. PERIOD!!!!!!
Arthur Jackson MBA December 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
As a Former Police Commssioner, Special Police Captain and State NAACP Official, I believe this beating was senseless and is a violation of the blackmna's Civi Rights, and requires a Federal Investigation and States Attorney Alsobrooks needs to do her job, if she plans to run for State Attonerney General
Arthur Jackson MBA December 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Tonight at 6:30pm-7:00pm EST " I will review his case' on The Arthur Jackson Show on Blog Tlak Radio.com. Listen and send your comments or questions to thearthurjacksonshow@yahoo.com

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