BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A former Baltimore police officer was convicted Monday of second-degree assault and misconduct in office for assaulting a man on the street in August 2018.

The city’s state’s attorney’s office said Officer Arthur Williams faces 10 years in prison for the assault charge when he heads to sentencing on August 9.

According to the city’s state’s attorney’s office, Williams and another officer were on duty in the 2500 block of Monument Street around 11:40 a.m. on August 11 when Williams got out of the car and told a man on the street to “come here.”

The two exchanged words and when the man tied to walk away, Williams grabbed his arm.

Williams asked the man for identification so he could write a “citizen contact receipt,” and when the man asked questions Williams pushed him into a building and punched him in the face and head multiple times.

Williams reportedly told his command staff he saw the man with marijuana and told him to put it away or leave, and when he came back to the area later the man still had the drugs. Body camera footage and civilian cell phone video disproved the officer’s claims.

The victim was admitted to the hospital with multiple abrasions and lacerations to his mouth stemming from the incident.

Comments (3)
  1. Tickedoff Person says:

    You don’t have to ID unless you are arrested. A consensual conversation does not dictate mandatory identification. The cop was wrong period. Now he is wide open for civil rights violations in addition to his criminal conviction. A rogue cop for sure.

  2. Bill Smiths says:

    Tikedoff, I think you should go there and try to police those savages..Second, you don’t know what hell your talking about when you say a person need not provide ID to an officer, possession of marijuana is still illegal. The truth of the matter is and this is the hard truth most of those savages only understand violence, that’s the only thing that gets the message across.

    1. Chala M. Brooks says:

      How dare you call somebody savages when you don’t know them or when your using it in the wrong context? What does that have to do with this situation? The officer was wrong plain and simple. He had no right to attack that man like that because real police officers act like they have damn sense and keep their hands to themselves. Since you want to call someone savage, well the officer was the savage that day and is paying the price for it. The lesson here is keep your hands to yourself, officer or not when the situation doesn’t call for it. Have your tantrum or angry out burst somewhere else.🤔