A police officer is in hot water for showing up on video kicking and slapping a student in a Baltimore public school, recently. The video was captured via cell phone, Tuesday, at the REACH Partnership School and has quickly gone viral since being posted on social media.
Furthermore, news has just surfaced that the same officer was fired as a sheriff’s deputy from the local department back in 2003 over a matter in which Fox News reports “a stun gun was used on a man mistaken for a bank robber.” You can check out officer’s deplorable actions in the video below:
Forty-four-year-old Officer Anthony C. Spence Jr., it seems, also had a protective order out against him in 2011 for hitting his girlfriend (also a public school police officer) in the face. Any bets it was a slap?
Spence’s girlfriend later asked for the protective order to be removed, after nine days, and no charges were ever filed for the domestic disturbance.
Neither the student, nor Spence’s girlfriend, are suspected bank robbers, keep in mind. The violence in either of those latter cases lack tangible excuses and certainly exhibit an abuse of power where the student is concerned.
Rest assured, however: Spence confirmed with the Associated Press, Friday, that a criminal investigation is circling around him due to his actions in the video, but refused to say too much for fear the media would “twist” his story, opting instead to direct interested parties to his lawyer, Michael Davey, for any questions. Spence said:
“Right now, I’m the bad guy.”
It’s hard to imagine a scenario where he is not, considering he was violently slapping and kicking at a young adult who showed no signs of violence in the video, himself, but the school still came up with one.
REACH defended Spence, initially, stating the student assaulted in the video is not a “REACH” student. However, as of Friday, the school’s lawyer now states the boy being slapped in the video by Officer Spence is “believed to be a student on the school’s roster” and in the 10th grade.
Of course, the school has assured the public of a fair, impartial and thorough review of the matter, but it seems the young boy’s family has plans of their own—as does the law. Time will tell if Officer Spence ultimately faces charges, but the school said in a statement:
“We remain committed to handling this matter with the highest priority.”
Spence took a job as a public school police officer for Baltimore public schools in 2003—the same year he was fired as a sheriff’s deputy for helping another officer hold down an innocent Salvadoran construction worker mistaken for a bank robber so a third could fire a Taser at him. Baltimore’s public school police officers are a separate force from the city’s.
Both Spence and the officer who simply stood by and did nothing depicted in the video are currently on paid administrative leave. An investigation is under way.
School Police Chief Marshall T. Goodwin is also, currently, on administrative leave, but no confirmation has been made that Goodwin’s leave has any connection to Spence and company.
This is cops in schools.
Featured image by Asa J via YouTube video screen capture.