BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The woman who swung at a Baltimore police officer downtown before another officer knocked her to the ground may not serve any jail time, her lawyer told WJZ on Wednesday.

Video of the incident that circulated on social media showed the woman swinging at an officer twice following a traffic stop downtown around 10:30 p.m. on May 29. Another officer then struck her in the head, knocking her down.

(The video can be seen here; viewer discretion is advised)

Attorney J. Wyndal Gordon said he and prosecutors are negotiating a deal that would keep her from spending time behind bars. The details of the arrangement are still being worked out.


The officer was not charged. The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement that “while we strongly disagree with the action the officer took, it does not rise to the level of illegality.”

Comments (3)
  1. CATHY l JACKSON says:

    He should not be charged because she took the first swing.however she should be.if you can arrest an officer for doing that then arrest the person who did it

  2. chrissfarmer says:

    What she did was clearly wrong & she should be prosecuted (if mentally competent), but that does not excuse the officer punching her when it was not necessary to subdue her. She was not “resisting arrest”, they had not even attempted to cuff her. If that many cops can not take one woman into custody, it is the officers who have the problem and need some training. They did not even try to take her into custody, put her on the ground, pin her to the car or use a Taser. Non lethal is to be used before lethal force. Punching someone can be lethal force as the punch or the person’ hitting their head on the pavement when they fall can be lethal or life altering. The two officers behind her should have each tried to take an arm to control her; they did not do that. She was not a threat to the lives of the officers, but she should have been arrested for assault and whatever the traffic matter was.

    This is probably an instance where a trained mental health or substance abuse expert on the scene would have been beneficial, although we can not hear what was being said to know the whole story.

  3. Bill Smiths says:

    Dude, you truly are stupid, that heifer is dangerous and would have beat a mental health worker like a drum…..get real guy.

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