Baltimore Police Department officer Arthur Williams has not only lost his job due to the viral video of a beating — now, he may lose his freedom.

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday that in the wake of the video (which prompted Williams’ resignation), Williams was being charged with both first and second-degree assault, as well as misconduct in office. Mosby said the evidence to charge Williams was “apparent and available.”

“[Williams’ case is] one we take seriously, which is why we presented these charges in front of a grand jury, and ultimately those charges were returned,” Mosby said.

Last weekend, Officer Williams was caught on camera beating 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier on East Monument and North Rose streets in Baltimore. Before the beating shown in the video — which went viral thanks to Intercept columnist Shaun King tweeting it — McGrier apparently refused to show Williams his identification, even though Williams apparently beat and arrested McGrier in June — presumably meaning that Williams is familiar with McGrier.

(WARNING: The below video contains strong violence that some may find disturbing.)

McGrier apparently suffered a fractured jaw and ribs as a result of the beating, in addition to having swelling around his eye and ringing in his ears. Warren Brown, who is representing McGrier, said Williams has shown a pattern of preying on his client.

“It seems like this officer had just decided that Dashawn was going to be his punching bag,” McGrier’s attorney, Warren Brown, told the Baltimore Sun. “And this was a brutal attack that was degrading and demeaning to my client, to that community, and to the police department.”

According to Maryland criminal code, first-degree assault is a felony, and carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 25 years in jail. The maximum sentence for second-degree assault is 10 years.


Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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