- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Five Baltimore Police officers were placed on administrative leave after making an arrest that involved hitting a man with a baton and using a stun gun, the police commissioner said Tuesday.

The man, Jamar Kennedy, was charged with assault of a police officer following the struggle outside a bar early Tuesday.

Police say officers were called to the bar around 2 a.m. for reports that Kennedy was fighting with the bouncer. A cellphone video police say was shot by a person at the scene shows the man pushing against officers, and one officer falling to the ground. One of the officers then hits the man several times with a baton, and an officer later uses a stun gun.

Police said Kennedy and three of the officers suffered minor injuries.

According to the police report, after placing Kennedy in handcuffs, one of the officers noticed Kennedy was out of breath and gave him an inhaler to help me breathe. Kennedy was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment.

Commissioner Anthony Batts said Tuesday the department is investigating and reviewing the video.

“I want to be clear, I want to be open, I want to be transparent and make sure that we’re not seen as hiding anything,” Batts said.

A week ago, Batts suspended another officer, Vincent Cosom, after seeing a video of Cosom beating 32-year-old Kollin Truss outside of a liquor store before arresting him on June 15. Prosecutors dropped charges against Truss shortly after his arrest. But Batts said he did not find out about the video until Sept. 15, when Truss’s attorney filed a $5 million lawsuit against Cosom.

Commander Col. Garnell Green of the Office of Internal Oversight said the department is soliciting more footage from bystanders at the scene. The footage currently being reviewed was shot on a cellphone at night, and is blurry and shaky.

Last week, Batts announced that he is trying to bring body-mounted cameras to the Baltimore Police Department. On Monday, City Council President Bernard Young and Councilman Warren Branch introduced legislation that would require all police officers to wear body cameras while on duty.

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