Baltimore Police are investigating the actions of officers who forcefully arrested a man Monday in an encounter captured on video.

Spokesman Matt Jablow said the department is investigating the circumstances that led to the man’s arrest and whether officers complied with procedure.


Officers arrested the man in South Baltimore, Jablow said.

“He bit the officer in the hand,” Jablow said of the man. “He drew blood.”

A police spokesman identified the man as 23-year-old David Dixon. Online court records for Dixon list Leon Riley as a police officer in the case.

City Council President Brandon Scott took to Twitter on Thursday to draw attention to the video. Scott wrote online that he immediately alerted Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.

“I will be personally following up with him as more details come to light,” Scott wrote.

In a phone call, Scott said he found the officers’ actions disturbing. He wants to see the footage from their body cameras.

“Clearly, some of the images in the video have raised concerns for me,” Scott said. “I want to know everything that happened before making a judgment.”

The two officers have not been identified. Jablow said they arrested the man and charged him with felony drug possession, trespassing and resisting arrest.

The video clip of 45 seconds shows them on top of Dixon on the pavement. One officer has his arm wrapped around the man’s neck.

“Put your hands behind your back. Put your hands behind your back,” one officer shouts. “Stop fighting!”

“You’re choking me!" Dixon says. “You’re choking me!”

“You’re fighting. Stop!” the officer says.

Harrison unveiled a new use-of-force policy last month to emphasize de-escalation tactics.