The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office dropped all eight charges against a man whose aggressive arrest by Baltimore police went viral on social media Thursday, according to online Baltimore City District Court records.
The arrest of David Dixon, 23, was caught on video showing an officer on top of Dixon’s back and wrapping his left arm around Dixon’s neck.
The officer looks up and places his right hand on his gun for a second and then wraps both arms around Dixon’s neck in what appears to be a choking position. Another officer is seen on video checking Dixon’s pockets while he is lying on his stomach.
Prosecutors dismissed the charges not for the viral video, but because of what they saw on the officers’ body worn cameras, a spokeswoman said. They declined to provide the footage, saying the case remains open.
“Based on the review of the unreleased body worn camera, dismissal of the charges was warranted and further investigation has been initiated,” spokeswoman Zy Richardson wrote in an email.