- Two Baltimore cops have been indicted on charges related to the assault of a 17-year-old boy.
- Prosecutors say one of the officers slammed the teen to the ground and threatened to “choke” and “kill” him.
- The other cop was indicted for falsifying a report in connection to the April 2020 incident.
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Two Baltimore cops have been indicted on charges related to the assault of a 17-year-old boy in which prosecutors say one of the officers slammed the teen to the ground and threatened to “choke” and “kill” him.
Baltimore Police Department Officer Maxwell Dundore was indicted on charges of second-degree assault and misconduct in office, while Sergeant Brendan O’Leary was indicted on charges of false statement and misconduct in office in connection to the incident last year, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Prosecutors say the assault unfolded after Dundore and another officer responded to local street on April 27, 2020 to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle.
There, Dundore witnessed then-17-year-old Bobby Adams exit the driver’s side door of the reported stolen automobile, prosecutors said, adding Adams attempted to flee when Dundore grabbed him.
Both Dundore and Adams fell to the ground and when Adams got back on his feet “Dundore then grabbed Mr. Adams around the waist, lifted him off the ground, and slammed him face-down onto the concrete,” according to the state’s attorney’s office.
Dundore then wrapped his legs around Adams and wrapped his arm around Adams’ neck, according to officials.
“When Mr. Adams struggled to free himself, Officer Dundore increased the force of his hold and stated, ‘I swear to God, I’ll choke you out if you don’t stop’ as the other BPD officer attempted to secure Mr. Adams’ legs,” prosecutors said.
At another point, Dundore told Adams, “I will choke you. I will kill you,” as the cop gripped Adams’ throat before releasing his hold, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
By that time, multiple officers had arrived on the scene and handcuffed Adams.
“While Mr. Adams presented no threat to him because he was handcuffed, Officer Dundore pushed Mr. Adams on the right side of his face. Officer Dundore then stood up, stepped over Mr. Adams, and ‘back-kicked’ him in the face,” officials said.
The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office said Dundore “made harmful, offensive and unwanted contact with Mr. Adams, without legal justification” during the incident, adding, “The assault was not accidental, consented to, nor legally justified.”
O’Leary, who was responsible for the supervision of Dundore and required to document the use-of-force incident, was indicted for falsifying the police report, officials said.
The state’s attorney’s office said, “The report submitted by Sergeant O’Leary minimized the severity of Officer Dundore’s actions, materially distorted the nature of the incident to justify unlawful police conduct, and mislead investigators into concluding that the actions of Officer Dundore were within BPD policy.”
An arraignment hearing for Dundore and O’Leary is scheduled for Aug. 20.
The Baltimore Police Department told Insider in a statement Friday that both Dundore and O’Leary have been suspended and “reassigned to administrative functions pending the outcome of the investigation.”
“The Public Integrity Bureau opened an internal investigation into this incident in April 2020 and immediately referred this incident to the State’s Attorney’s Office,” the department said.