Video Captures School Officer Slapping Student in Baltimore

slapping cop Anthony Spence

Mug shots of Anthony Spence and Saverna Bias

UPDATE 3-9-2016:  Anthony Spence, 44, and Saverna Bias, 53, the two Baltimore schools police officers have been charged. Anthony Spence now faces three charges: second-degree child abuse, which is a felony, along with second-degree assault and misconduct in office. The latter two charges are misdemeanors.

Saverna Bias, 53, is charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office. She is on administrative leave with pay.

Both Spence and Bias were released on bond after briefly turning themselves in Tuesday night.  Initially placed on administrative leave with pay, Spence had his pay revoked after being charged with felony Child Abuse.

The police statement of charges alleges that a witness said Bias told Spence, “You need to smack him because he’s got too much mouth,” and Spence then hit and kicked the teen. Police note that Spence was not trying to arrest the teen and wasn’t acting in reasonable self-defense.

REACH Partnership High School confirmed that the student victim is enrolled in the 10th-grade.

Spence formerly worked for the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, and was fired in 2002 after he was involved in the violent arrest of a man the officers falsely identified as a robbery suspect. Goodwin was a public information officer for the sheriff’s office at the time. Local CBS

Spence also serves as the vice president of Sentinel Protection Agency, a private security firm, along with Clyde Boatwright, who is the company’s chief executive officer. Boatwright, who was also involved in the 2002 incident as a deputy sheriff and fired alongside Spence, is now the Baltimore School Police union president.

(Original report Mar 2nd, 2016 follows)
– The head of the Baltimore school police force and two officers are on administrative leave after a video surfaced showing an officer repeatedly slapping a student at a school, CBS station WJZ-TV reports.

The five-second cell phone clip, which was covertly filmed by a Lake Clifton Eastern High School student, shows an officer brutally slapping the REACH Partnership High School student three times in the face at the school.

“Go the f— home!” the officer yells, with a fellow officer standing next to him.

As the student stumbles away, the officer kicks him in the back and says, “Get the f— out of here!”

It’s currently unclear when the video was filmed or what led to the officer’s attack.

WJZ-TV reports that the chief of Baltimore City school police, Marshall Goodwin, has been placed on administrative leave because of the incident. The recording came to the attention of authorities after it was sent to CBS Baltimore.

“I was totally appalled at what I saw today,” said Karl Perry, chief officer of school supports.

The school system would not confirm whether the young man getting slapped is a student, but the student who recorded the video told WJZ-TV that the victim does attend the school.

The video was initially posted on Facebook, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The school system told WJZ it wasn’t even aware of the video until the station asked about it. The system swiftly announced the three suspensions, but didn’t identify either officer seen in the video, the man who was beaten or the student who filmed the video.
Officials said the officers will be barred from the school until an investigation into the clip is complete.

“I’m a parent, and I’m totally appalled at what I saw in that video,” chief school supports officer Karl Perry told WJZ.

“No matter what the circumstances are, I am totally appalled.”

Some 43% of all U.S. public schools — including 63% of middle and 64% of high schools — had school resource officers on their grounds during the 2013-2014 school year, the National Center for Education Statistics noted in May.


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