The Baltimore Police Department confirmed late Sunday that the city cop involved in the brutal beating of an innocent man has resigned following his suspension. NBC News reported that the still-unnamed officer encountered the victim, Dashawn McGrier—whom he had known from a previous encounter—during a “special cross-borders crime initiative.” When McGrier refused to provide identification, NBC News adds, the officer put his hand on the man’s chest. When McGrier pushed it off, the officer punched him repeatedly, eventually forcing him to the ground. McGrier was taken into custody and later released. He was not charged with a crime. He reportedly suffered “a broken or fractured jaw and sustained injuries to his eye socket, nose, ribs, and left leg.” The video of the incident later went viral, prompting both public fury and the officer’s suspension. “While I have an expectation that officers are out of their cars, on foot, and engaging citizens, I expect that it will be done professionally and constitutionally,” Police Chief Gary Tuggle said in a statement cited by NBC News. “I have zero tolerance for behavior like I witnessed on the video today. Officers have a responsibility and duty to control their emotions in the most stressful of situations.”
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