*Dirty rotten scoundrel. Here’s another example of one wearing a police uniform and exalting his powers on Monday, October 12, by spitting on a man he just arrested. After the video showing the despicable act reached the Baltimore Police Department, a criminal and internal investigation ensued.
I guess all the taunting by witnesses standing around watching as the officer identified as Sgt. Robert Mesner, a veteran of the local department, continued to follow the man he later arrested, inspired the nasty act; which was only enhanced by the witnesses calling the officer out.
According to WBAL-TV 11 News officers had ordered several people to move off the steps of a building located on Old York Road and Rose Hill Terrace in a northeast Baltimore neighborhood called Pen Lucy.
The video shows Mesner following behind 31-year-old Alfred Evan, who is obviously irritated as the camera man continues to keep filming and tries to calm him down. The footage also appears to show, clearly, that Mesner spit on him.
At least the statement released by Kevin Davis, the interim Police Commissioner, didn’t insult the intelligence of the public by acting as if the act was not what we clearly see. Instead the statement , as reported by The Baltimore Sun, addresses Mesner’s suspension and how his actions are counterproductive to the department’s relationship with the community.
“The video appears to depict the police sergeant spitting on the arrestee. That is outrageously unacceptable, and it directly contradicts the necessary community relationships we are striving to rehabilitate. The police powers of Sgt. Robert Mesner are now suspended, and a criminal investigation is underway. Our entire community deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”
Evan has since been charged with second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer (though there is no evidence thus far to support this accusation); along with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was held on $25,000 bond, and was released on Oct. 14.
Mesner is currently under criminal and internal investigation by the police department. And Evans has remained mum on the topic as of this writing.