Police Investigate, Release Documents on Police Assault Incident
Updated: Tuesday, September 2 2014, 07:04 PM EDT
Baltimore City Police officers say they are investigating an incident that occurred on Sunday August 31 in which an officer was assaulted while making an arrest for a dirt bike violation.
According to police documents, two officers responded to a call for a dirt bike accident and violation in the 1600 block of Laurens Street around 1 p.m. Sunday.
The officers spoke to another on scene who said a male riding a dirt bike had crashed into tree and was walking away from the scene. The officer on scene, Officer Byrd gave a description of the male who had turned west on Lorman Avenue from N. Mount Street as a black male wearing a white tee shirt and camouflage shorts.
Officer Beamer and Officer Meadows spotted a limping male matching the description and approached him. The male tried to flee and three other males attempted to intercede between the officers and the suspect. Officer Beamer told the suspect to stop and was able to reach him with another officer OIC Vancuran; he was later identified as 37-year-old Charles Robert Peters in the 1700 block of Lorman Ave.
As Officer Beamer was trying to arrest Peters, he was pushed by 36-year-old Kenneth Peters, the suspect's brother.
According to the Statement of Probable Cause, "This caused Officer Beamer to turn around to defend himself against the new threat, at which time Charles Peters punch Officer Beamer in the right ear, causing redness, slight disorientation, and slight swelling."
Charles Peters began fleeing the scene on the 1400 block of N. Fulton until he was apprehended after a struggle. A police report says, "Beamer attempted to grab Mr. Peters from behind, with both hands, but Mr. Peters began to thrash his arms wildly, and appeared to throw several punches and elbows at P/O Beamer. Beamer attempted to take Mr. Peters to the ground using departmentally approved arrest and control techniques."
Police say during the struggle, Peters ripped off the badge from Beamer's shirt.
Officers say about 20-people had gathered to watch; they were urging the officers to stop making the arrest.
Meadows said it was at that point that he drew a taser from his holster to keep the "angry crowd away" until the arrest could be accomplished. The badge was nowhere to be found after a search.
Both Charles Peters and Kenneth Peters were arrested. Charles was also taken to a nearby hospital for injuries sustained from the dirt bike accident.
Police issued a statement on the incident Tuesday afternoon, "The Force Investigation Team in conjunction with the Internal Affairs Division are conducting a thorough investigation and are asking that anyone with information please call IAD at 410-396-2300. We are currently in the preliminary stages of our investigation and are asking that anyone with any information or evidence pertaining to this incident to come forward."