The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office is offering an alternative to criminal prosecution to the woman punched by a Baltimore Police officer in a video that circulated widely last month, her attorney said.
J. Wyndal Gordon, defense attorney for Sharnesha Street, 43, of Waverly, said he’s discussing with prosecutors the arrangement that will likely to spare her any jail time. In the video, she hits a police officer first. She hits him twice.
Gordon called their arrangement an “alternative to prosecution,” but declined to discuss the terms because they were not finalized. He hopes to finalize them next week. Street was charged with two counts of second-degree assault.
A spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declined to discuss the terms.
“While we cannot fully discuss this open and pending matter, we are working in conjunction with a specialty court, the defense attorney and the victim to determine the best path forward,” spokeswoman Zy Richardson wrote in an email.
Social justice protesters seized on Street’s case after cell phone video showed her punched in the street by a police officer, sending her sprawling to the ground. Court documents identify the officer as Terry Love Jr.
Love has been suspended with pay while the police department investigates the incident. A 20-year veteran of the force, Love earned nearly $97,000 in fiscal year 2019, according to the city records.
City Council President Brandon Scott has called Love’s actions “unacceptable.” Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young called the incident “deeply disturbing.”
“Deciding not to charge because the conduct was within what the law allows does not mean that we endorse the Involved Officer’s conduct,” they wrote in their investigative report. “BPD should train officers to exercise restraint in every situation, even those where Maryland law allows less restraint than we would prefer to see.”
The incident occurred amid protests downtown against police violence after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. Some protesters have called for the officer to be charged and fired.