Ravens fan Dan Poole of Perry Hall, who also attended yesterday's game, said he thought the incident could have been avoided had Fein remained calm.
According to a police report of the incident, Donato received a report that a white male passed a large silver object to a black male, and noted Fein's sweat shirt.
"The attire did not seem weather appropriate to Sergeant Donato, based on time of year and temperature, and could be readily used to conceal and [sic] handgun," the report said.
Hobbs said Fein wears the sweat shirt to conceal heavily tattooed arms, which can draw unwanted attention.
Donato wrote that he ordered Fein to stand up and keep his hands in sight. He said Fein looked at Donato, frowned, then turned back around and reached for silverware. When Donato asked him a second time to stand up, Fein pushed Donato with one hand, records show. Donato wrote that he grabbed Fein by the sweat shirt and forced him to the ground. Fein, who is listed as 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, was handcuffed with help from other officers, Donato wrote.
Fein, a Washington state native who does not have a criminal record, served in the Army for 3-1/2 years, including a year in Iraq. He earned a scholarship to Mississippi and won the Pat Tillman Patriot Award, given to a football player who also saw military action. He is considered a long shot to make the Ravens roster.
Donato, a 15-year city police veteran, has received at least two departmental awards for his work, including a Silver Star in March, and has never been investigated by internal affairs, according to Guglielmi.
In 1998, Donato escaped injury when he got into a fight with a drug suspect who snatched his gun. The suspect stood over him and pulled the trigger from three feet away, but the gun, which had fallen into mud, jammed . Donato received a Bronze Star the next year.
But Jamal Gaston, 24, of Gwynn Oak, said he was wrongly charged one year ago by Donato after he had a dispute with bartenders at a club on The Block, Baltimore's adult entertainment district. Gaston said he and two friends had three drinks but received a tab for $400, and when they refused to pay the tab, bartenders called police. According to a statement of probable cause, when Donato arrived Gaston responded by "poking him in the chest several times with a pen, and then struck him one time in the chest with his finger."
Gaston, an information technology professional who has no other arrests, disputes Donato's account, saying he argued with Donato, then paid the tab and asked Donato for his name and badge number. He said he was thrown to the ground by Donato and handcuffed. Gaston brought witnesses to court to validate his story, but a prosecutor asked the judge to drop the case.
"This officer is very aggressive and should be exposed for what he's doing," Gaston said.
Baltimore Sun reporters Jamison Hensley and Kevin VanValkenburg contributed to this article.