Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott says he filed for restraining order after alleged assault

Video obtained by the Baltimore Sun shows mayoral candidate Brandon Scott being punched in the face outside a campaign event at the Reginald F. Lewis museum.

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott says he has filed for a restraining order and criminal charges against the man who allegedly assaulted him outside a candidates’ forum Wednesday evening.

Scott, who was not injured, said he was punched by Michael T. Moore, a volunteer with the campaign of rival mayoral candidate Sheila Dixon. A spokeswoman for Dixon’s campaign said Moore has been fired.


The Baltimore Sun obtained video of the incident Saturday. The grainy footage shows a man also shoving Scott. The council president has said the punch only grazed his jaw.

Moore has posted messages to Facebook that the Scott campaign considers threatening. Saturday night, Scott released a statement.

“Public officials don’t get into fist fights when they can safely walk away, especially when others around them can potentially be injured. I will not tolerate the use of violence and implied threats of deadly force, nor should any citizen of Baltimore,” Scott wrote. "When I learned that the man who assaulted me had posted in December about wanting to be violent with me and that after the assault he posted that he would from now on be ‘strapped,' I then decided to file criminal charges and obtained a restraining order against him like any reasonable person should under those circumstances.

“I had to consider that these threats have the potential to put not just me but also my staff and residents at risk of harm,” Scott continued, "This will not deter me in any way from my work to improve the City of Baltimore.”

In a series of posts this weekend, Moore called out Scott and his supporters, claiming that Scott caused the confrontation.

In a post sharing The Baltimore Sun’s article about the video, Moore wrote “as you can see I was at the end of the rope he shove[d] and moved my person. Self defense.”

Yeah as you can see I was at the end of the rope he shove and moved my person. Self defense 😘😘😘

Posted by Bey Michael T. Moore on Saturday, February 8, 2020

In a video posted Sunday morning, Moore railed against Scott, saying that “as a gentleman, any person that walks past anybody ... a real, true gentleman is going to step back.”

He also said that he was unaware that Scott was approaching him, saying “by the time I was able to turn around, he was already on me, pushing me.”


Less than an hour after the video was posted, he wrote on his Facebook “Anytime I have government officials hating A Gun isn’t a option it’s the only way.

Moore did not immediately respond to a call for comment Sunday.

On his Facebook page, there continued to be posts about the encounter with Scott. And a post last weekend shows one page of a lawsuit he filed against Scott in January. The suit was not available Friday in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Online court records show one charge of second-degree assault filed against him from an incident Wednesday.

Baltimore Sun reporters Justin Fenton and Phil Davis contributed to this article.