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Officer on restrictive duty after allegedly waving his gun

Officer on restrictive duty after allegedly waving his gun
A photo posted to Instragram shows a Baltimore police officer allegedly pointing a gun at a group of people in Druid Hill Park on Sunday. He has been placed on administrative duty. (Noah Scialom / For The Baltimore Sun)

A Baltimore police officer has been placed on administrative duty after a photo of him allegedly pointing his gun at a group of people in Druid Hill Park on Sunday circulated online.

Police officials did not identify the officer or give any details on what happened. The photo was posted to Instagram by Noah Scialom, a Baltimore freelance photographer.

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"We are aware of the incident, and it is being taken very seriously," police spokeswoman Lt. Sarah Connolly said in a statement. "The circumstances surrounding it are being investigated, and the officer is on administrative duty."

Officers had been called to Reisterstown Road and Auchentoroly Terrace near the park, where large crowds gather every Sunday to watch dirt bikers and bicyclists do wheelies. Each week, police try to clear out the bikers and the crowd by ticketing vehicles in the area.

Maj. Marc Partee, the Northwestern District police commander, said Sunday that the crowd had become unruly, fighting among themselves and throwing rocks and other objects at officers who intervened. As officers in riot gear cleared the area, police seized a dirt bike and towed some cars, but police said no one was arrested or injured.

In the caption of the photo, Scialom wrote that the officer yelled and waved the gun around at a group standing on the park's hillside after someone threw a bottle at the officers, which shattered on the ground.

"Another officer immediately told him to put his [expletive] gun away," Scialom wrote.

Scialom could not be reached for comment Monday night.

Partee, the police commander, did not mention the incident in a news conference at the scene with reporters Sunday.

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