Three people arrested in connection with video of assault on Baltimore police officer

As Baltimore police announced Monday a third arrest in connection with the assault on a city police officer, Gov. Larry Hogan said state and local officials would “pursue and prosecute” those involved to "the fullest extent of the law.”

Baltimore police on Sunday announced they’d arrested two people, and on Monday announced they’d arrested the third person in connection with an assault Friday night on a police sergeant. Video that circulated on social media showed assailants kicking the officer while he was detaining another man.


In Monday’s news release, police said they had arrested 23-year-old Zayne Abdullah of Dundalk in connection with the attack.

Donnell Burgess, 20, had been arrested Sunday and charged with assault on police and resisting arrest in relation to the assault, the department wrote in a news release. An unnamed 17-year-old was also arrested and charged as a juvenile, police wrote.


“This disgusting incident is yet another example of the violence that has become far too common in Baltimore City,” Hogan said in a tweet Monday afternoon. “None of our efforts to back up the beleaguered city police force can be successful until we do something to get the violent criminals off the streets.”

He called on legislators to support his bills before the legislature this session. Lawmakers have previously declined to approve a Hogan proposal to increase penalties for certain repeat offenders who use guns. In 2018, lawmakers passed a similar bill, and a nonpartisan analysis showed Hogan’s version would have meant longer sentences for only 13 offenders that year.

Hogan is re-introducing that bill — the Violent Firearms Offenders Act — and adding provisions that would increase penalties for people who give or sell guns to someone they know will use them to commit a crime, as well as for anyone who destroys a firearm’s serial number.

In addition, Hogan is proposing to add 25 employees — attorneys and support staff — in the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.

The video of the attack showed a Baltimore police sergeant being kicked by onlookers while he tried to restrain a man on the ground Friday night.

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the officer was doing a business check in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. around midnight when a person became argumentative and spat in the officer’s face.

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The video showed the apparent aftermath of the attempted arrest, as several onlookers kick at the officer and at least one person attempts to drag the man away from the sergeant as he’s trying to detain him.

Police did not respond to further questions Monday from The Baltimore Sun.


Abdullah is charged with three counts of assault, including on a law enforcement officer; disorderly conduct; and resisting or interfering with an arrest.

Burgess is charged with one count of assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting or interfering with an arrest.

Online court records did not indicate that Abdullah or Burgess had obtained an attorney. They are being held at the Baltimore City Central Booking and Intake facility.

Baltimore Sun reporter Hallie Miller contributed to this article.