New video released as city officers in violent arrest return to work

  • Jamar Kennedy's lawyers released this photo of their client.
Jamar Kennedy's lawyers released this photo of their… (Jamar Kennedy photo )
September 30, 2014|By Justin George | The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police officers involved in a violent arrest of a nightclub patron who they say resisted arrest returned to duty on Tuesday.

Five police officers were involved in arresting Jamar Kennedy, 29, outside Melba's Place night club in the 3100 block of Greenmount Avenue on Sept. 23. Police said Kennedy was fighting a bouncer when officers intervened and began to struggle with Kennedy.

Police say they used a Taser on Kennedy, and a cell phone video taken by a bystander showed them striking Kennedy several times with batons. Two police officers were also knocked down during the struggle.

Kennedy and three police officers suffered minor injuries, police said. Police officials defended the arrest, saying the use of force appeared justified and that officers stopped striking Kennedy as soon as he came under control.

Kennedy was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, resisting arrest and a charge of being intoxicated and endangering the safety of a person. Alicia Altamirano, Kennedy's attorney, alleges that police used excessive force and said other video she has obtained shows a different perspective than what police have alleged. The video will be posted on The Sun's website shortly.

"The video speaks for itself and the injuries that my clients sustained," she said.

Baltimore police Det. Ruganzu Howard said police's Force Investigation Team continues to investigate the incident but the officers involved, who had been suspended with pay, returned to their normal duties on Tuesday.

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