Balto. Co. officer suspended with pay after traffic dispute


A Baltimore County police officer was suspended with pay yesterday after a motorist accused him of pointing his handgun at him during a traffic dispute Friday evening.

Officer Michael Jay Giddings, 32, turned himself in to Baltimore City police after a warrant was issued Friday for his arrest. He was being held last night in lieu of $5,000 bail after being charged with four misdemeanor charges, including misuse of a handgun.

Wilbur Antonio Keith, 36, a physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital, told police that he and the off-duty officer were driving north Friday evening on Falls Road in Baltimore City when Giddings refused to yield as Keith tried to pass. Keith said Giddings blocked the road, forcing him to stop.

Keith, who is black, charged that Giddings, who is white, got out of his car, identified himself as an officer, used a racial epithet and threatened him with a handgun.

Giddings is a member of the county Police Department's Tactical Unit.

He has been with the department since June 1988.

Pub Date: 8/11/96

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