TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say an officer who punched a 19-year-old as he was being arrested outside a bar is being moved to administrative duties.
Baltimore County police Chief Jim Johnson said in a statement Tuesday that the temporary transfer from patrol duties is best for everyone, including the officer, given the review of Saturday’s controversial incident.
Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost identified him as Officer Slenker. Under an agreement with the police union, the department releases only the last names of officers.
Bystander video posted on YouTube shows three officers struggling with 19-year-old Zachary Blumenstein of Chevy Chase. One punches him. Police said Sunday that the incident would be reviewed.
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Blumenstein was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and other offenses. Attorney Robert Hetherington declined to comment on the arrest.