A Baltimore police officer could lose sight in an eye after being hit with a beer mug during an off-duty altercation near his Joppa home, an incident the Harford County sheriff's office is calling a hate crime.
Detective Jermaine Cook was struck in the face after, police say, a man approached Cook's car at a stop sign early Thursday, and yelled at him about his driving. Sheriff's deputies who arrived at the scene said the officer, who is black, had a large cut near his left eye and was bleeding profusely, said Monica Worrell, a spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
James Aaron Kimble, 20, was arrested at the scene and faces assault and hate crime charges. He was being held on $1 million bail at the Harford County Detention Center, pending a bail review hearing today.