The two Baltimore school police officers who were caught on video slapping and kicking a teenage student on March 1 were charged on Tuesday following a criminal investigation.
Anthony Spence, who is seen assaulting the teenager, has been charged with second-degree assault, second-degree child abuse by a custodian, as well as misconduct in office. The other officer, Saverna Bias, who was seen standing idly by as Spence got physical with the kid is looking at charges for second-degree assault and misconduct in office, police confirmed.
Spence’s attorney Mike Davey told the Baltimore Sun last week that his client thought the victim and his friend, who recorded the video, were trespassing on school grounds despite the fact that they both said they were students. According to Davey, Spence claimed the two students were not in the school’s uniform and could not recount the school principle’s name, which doesn't really explain why he felt the need to assault them.
Information about Spence’s past has also be uncovered, including details about his firing from his former position as sheriff’s deputy in 2003 after he tasered an innocent woman he suspected was a bank robber, and more recently in 2011 when his girlfriend got a protective order against him after he struck her in the face during an argument.
This latest video of police brutality against a young Black man has sparked a debate on whether instances like these are more common than we know.
(Photo from left: Baltimore Police via AP, Baltimore Police via AP)