A Baltimore Police officer has been arrested and charged with first-degree assault for an on-duty incident in which he allegedly struck a man over the head with a club on Christmas Eve, according to police and the alleged victim’s attorney.
City prosecutors charged Officer Kevin Battipaglia on Thursday, and police suspended him without pay, police spokesman Chief T.J. Smith said in a statement. In addition to assault, Battipaglia is charged with misconduct in office.
“We take these matters very seriously,” Smith said in the statement. “At this stage, the evidence in this case will be scrutinized in the judicial system.”
The incident occurred on Dec. 24, 2017, in...