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2 Baltimore Officers Indicted in Alleged Assault of Teenager

Chidi Michaels
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A Baltimore police officer and his supervising sergeant have been indicted after the officer allegedly body-slammed a teenage suspect onto pavement and threatened to choke him to death as he was struggling to handcuff him, prosecutors reported this Friday.

City prosecutors said that Baltimore Officer Maxwell Dundore’s alleged takedown of the 17-year-old teenage boy wanted in relation with a stolen car was unjustified and constituted assault. He was cited on charges of second degree assault and misconduct. His supervisor — Sgt. Brendan O’Leary — was cited on charges of misconduct and making a false statement after reportedly minimizing and misrepresented his coworker's actions on a written account.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office states the matter started when Dundore saw the teenager get out of a reportedly stolen car and try to run away. The officer managed to grab him and both fell to the ground. When the suspect managed to get up, Dundore then allegedly grabbed him by the waist and slammed him face-down onto the pavement.

Swaddling his legs around the teenager and his left arm around the boy's neck, the summons alleges Dundore then “increased the force of his hold” while another cop attempted to hold down the suspect’s legs. As Dundore kept a hold on the teenager’s chin and throat area, the summons claimed that the suspect began “struggling for air.”

Prosecutors claim that the officer was heard saying: “I will choke you, I will kill you,” before releasing his grip as multiple officers arrived and secured the suspect in cuffs. As he stepped over the teenage suspect, Dundore “back-kicked” him in the face, the indictment asserted.

The police report that O'Leary turned in not only diminshed the seriousness of Dundore’s acts that took place that April of 2020 but “materially distorted the nature of the incident to justify unlawful police conduct, and mislead investigators,” prosecutors claimed.

In a statement this past Friday, the Baltimore PD said Dundore and O’Leary have been suspended and put on administrative duties pending the investigation’s outcome. The police department said it had began an internal investigation and transferred the occurence to Mosby’s office. There were no attorneys assigned to the inculpated police officers in court records. The two were indicted this past Thursday by a grand jury.

These indictments demonstrate our commitment to ensuring one standard of justice for all,” State Attorney Mosby commented in a statement.

Since January of 2017, Baltimore has been under a federal consent decree after the U.S. Justice Department released a scathing report detailing longstanding patterns of racial profiling and excessive force within the city’s police force. The Justice Department began investigating the Baltimore PD after the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who was ultimately killed while in the custody of cops in April of 2015.

If he is convicted, Dundore may face up to a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison, while his accomplice O’Leary may face six months for falsifying a statement.

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