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Baltimore officer filmed spitting on handcuffed man found guilty of assault

A Baltimore police sergeant was found guilty Thursday of second-degree assault and misconduct in office after he was filmed in October spitting on a man in handcuffs, prosecutors said.

Sgt. Robert Messner, a 34-year veteran, was sentenced to two years probation, a $500 fine, anger management, community service and reassignment, prosecutors said.

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"Law enforcement officials are sworn to protect the communities they serve. Abusing that authority will not be tolerated," Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement.

Messner was suspended after the Oct. 12 incident, which happened on Old York Road and was captured on video by a bystander. The footage, circulated widely on social media, showed Messner appearing to spit on Alfred Evans, 31, of Parkville, while Evans was handcuffed on the ground.

Evans was also charged in the encounter. He was charged with second-degree assault of an officer, second-degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

He is scheduled for a jury trial March 29 in circuit court.

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