Officer charged in beating suspended City policeman is accused in prisoner, domestic cases

June 05, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer charged last week with beating a prisoner in the Western District cellblock was suspended with pay yesterday, as the officer's troubled past came to light.

A department spokesman said that at the time of the alleged assault, Officer Timothy F. Wade, 31, was on administrative duties with his police powers suspended because of domestic violence cases in Harford County.

The officer, a 10-year veteran, faces an administrative trial board hearing this month in a domestic case that occurred in July 1995, in which a police source said Wade allegedly pushed and choked his wife.

Henry L. Belsky, a lawyer for the city police union, would not comment on that case or a December one, saying they don't "affect the defense" in the alleged cellblock assault.

He noted that his client received the Bronze Star in 1992 for saving a woman from a burning building, and was shot and seriously wounded in 1986 while chasing a drug suspect.

But in 1990, Wade was reprimanded for napping in his cruiser in 1988. He was found guilty at a departmental trial board, and lost 10 vacation days and was issued a severe letter of reprimand.

In 1993, Wade received a 45-day suspension without pay and one year of probation for making false calls to an emergency 911 dispatcher, a police source said.

On July 24, police said Wade was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife in Harford County. He was not criminally charged but was brought up on administrative charges.

Wade faces a June 26 trial board hearing in that dispute. He had remained on active duty until December, when police spokesman Sam Ringgold said he allegedly got into a confrontation again with his wife.

Maj. Robert F. Smith, Western District commander, then suspended Wade's police powers, took his weapon and assigned him to the cellblock.

On April 15, Wade allegedly hit Bernard Cutchember, 35, who had been arrested on a drug charge, after a dispute over a telephone. Wade was indicted on a misdemeanor assault charge last week.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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