Baltimore attack: video shows beating of civilian police employee




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Authorities in Baltimore are looking for three suspects in an attack on a civilian employee of the Baltimore Police Department that was captured by a surveillance camera and sparked outrage.

The 59-year-old victim can be seen in surveillance images crossing Albemarle Street as he is approached by two men and a woman, two of whom are on scooters. The footage shows the three men assaulting the man, removing his headgear, beating him and then, according to police, taking the keys to his vehicle.

Investigators believe the suspects stole the victim’s vehicle, which was parked in the same block, according to a police press release.

The video sparked anger across town, especially from Zainab Chaudry, Maryland’s director of outreach for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). She said the theft could be “a possible hate crime in which the victim’s religious headgear was forcibly removed before it was knocked down to the ground.”

Chaudry noted that the timing of the attack and the victim’s religious attire indicate that he may have returned from a morning prayer service.

The Baltimore Police statement did not describe the attack as a possible hate crime.

WBAL, CNN subsidiary said the victim, a forensic laboratory technician, was released from the hospital and was recovering at home.

A reward of up to $ 32,000 is offered in the case, the police department said in a tweet. Of that total, the FBI and ATF, which joined in the investigation of the incident, each paid $ 5,000 to obtain information on the identity of each suspect in the published video. Metro Crime Stoppers paid $ 2,000, according to the Baltimore Police press release. And CAIR offered $ 1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.



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