[Watch] Baltimore PD Finally Investigates Why Cops Yanked This Teen From His Home and Slammed Him to the Ground

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 24:  Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts (L) speaks during a news conference at the police headquarters April 24, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Batts spoke on the latest development of the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray one week after being under custody in a police van. Gray, 25, had been arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12th outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

[Watch] Baltimore PD Finally Investigates Why Cops Yanked This Teen From His Home and Slammed Him to the Ground

Are officers' role to escalate or deescalate conflict?

Published April 21, 2016

It was all caught on camera.

A video shot from inside an East Baltimore home showed 18-year-old Tionne Jones being yanked from the doorway of the residence where he lived. Now, the city’s police department is investigating what caused the situation to escalate.

The clip showed Jones standing in the front door entryway as a police lieutenant had his arm extended with his hand gripping the side to hold it open. The teen was repeatedly asked by the lieutenant to identify the homeowner.

That’s my mom. She’s at work,” he replied a few times as the lieutenant appeared to call for backup.

A second patrol car showed up moments later and that officer can be seen approaching the residence quickly before pulling Jones from inside, down the front steps and slamming him on the sidewalk outside. 

"This is my house!” Jones yelled as the officer who grabbed him said, “That don’t matter.”

The young man’s cousin can be heard explaining how a cop questioned him when he attempted to enter the home from the back after unsuccessfully getting in through the front. It’s unclear how the authorities became aware of a man entering the back of the house.

On Saturday, Jones was charged with disorderly conduct. Police spokesman T.J. Smith later said that the department’s “executive team met to discuss this issue and the circumstances surrounding the arrest,” and determined the criminal charges against the teen “were not appropriate in this situation.”

As the internal investigation continues the Baltimore police department has yet to release the names of the lieutenant and officer, who appear in the video.

(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Written by Zayda Rivera


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