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Who punched whom? Prosecutors indict Baltimore police officer for allegedly lying about off-duty fight

A Baltimore Police officer who self-reported an off-duty fight with the father of his girlfriend’s child has been indicted on charges that he lied to his superiors in presenting the other man as the aggressor.

Though no punches landed, the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged Officer Troy Anthony with misconduct, saying he misled his sergeant when he reported the fight.

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Anthony told his sergeant that the man punched him and he acted in self-defense last May in the parking lot of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, prosecutors wrote in the indictment. The two men had argued over custody.

Hospital surveillance cameras, however, showed the police officer swing his fist and narrowly miss the man before being pulled back, prosecutors say. The misconduct charge stems from when Anthony showed up to roll call later that night and told his sergeant about the fight.

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“He was a public official, acting in his official capacity as he was being paid at the time, and corruptly did the unlawful act of making a false statement to a Baltimore City Police Sergeant,” prosecutors wrote in the indictment.

They also indicted Anthony on one count of making a false statement to a law enforcement officer and one count of second-degree assault.

Online court records did not list his attorney. Police Union President Mike Mancuso did not respond to a request for comment.

In a statement from her office, Mosby praised the victim’s “courage to come forward to police about this alleged assault by an officer and BPD’s professionalism in handling such a report with objectivity.”

Mosby has pursued misconduct cases aggressively against Baltimore Police officers. Last year, more than 20 officers were charged — some by federal prosecutors — sentenced or suspended.

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