VIDEO: Bodycam Released For Cop On Trial For Hitting Fleeing Armed Suspect

Bodycam video was released just as Baltimore Police Officer Kevin Battipaglia's trial on assault charges was beginning.

Baltimore, MD – Bodycam video was released just ahead of the start of the jury trial of a Baltimore police officer charged with first degree assault (video below).

Baltimore Police Officer Kevin Battipaglia was indicted by a grand jury in March for an incident that occurred on-duty on Dec. 24, 2017, WBFF reported.

“We go to clear this corner. They ran. I chased one of them down, and when I was running because I had my stick in my hand already, so when I was running, I don’t even remember, Sergeant,” Officer Battipaglia told an official who arrived on the scene just after the altercation occurred.

Initially, attorneys for the suspect told police that he was just walking down the street when Officer Battipaglia suddenly hit him over the head with his department-issued baton (espantoon), knocking him to the ground.

However, the officer’s bodycam told a very different story, and showed that several suspects were fleeing from police.

The officer’s bodycam began just as he got out of his vehicle, and showed he had an espantoon in his right hand.

The video showed that a group of men standing on the corner began running away even before Officer Battipaglia got out of his car.

In the video, the officer chased a man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt through a parking lot.

The fleeing man ran up to a black sedan that was leaving the parking lot, and then suddenly turned and fled in the opposite direction.

In the video, it appeared that the suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Darrian Carr, turned and ran back toward Officer Battipaglia, and that’s when he was struck by the officer’s espantoon.

Both men were moving at full speed, and the bodycam doesn’t make it clear whether Officer Battipaglia hit the subject intentionally.

Carr dropped to the ground when he was hit, and the officer stopped a couple of steps later and turned around, as if to see what had happened.

In the video, it looked as though Officer Battipaglia walked over to Carr and bent down to check on him.

When his sergeant arrived on the scene, the officer explained what had happened, and his sergeant told him to stop talking and head back to the station, according to WBFF.

Four months later, Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby pursued an indictment against Officer Battipaglia, a five year veteran of the Baltimore police force.

The officer was suspended without pay and initially also charged with misconduct in office, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Despite the charges against the officer, the prosecutors continued to charge Carr with gun possession.

This indicates that prosecutors acknowledge that Officer Battipaglia had a lawful reason to detain and arrest Carr, but that they believe his use of force against the armed suspect was unnecessary.

Carr entered an Alford plea on the gun possession charge, WBFF reported. An Alford plea means that the defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Watch video of the incident below:

Comments (27)
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ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

a n----- in baltimore. what do you expect. why do police even go there.

DannyWmo
DannyWmo

UH.....where is the assault? Looks like he ran him over like a linebacker taking out a running back! Never hit him with the baton, rolled him over, holstered the baton? The Prosecutor is doing nothing more than trying to make a name for themselves at the expense of an officer doing their job!

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

Glade I retired

LEO0301
LEO0301

What crime? Mosby has demonstrated her contempt for police officers on more than one occasion. This video shows absolutely nothing. How they got a grand jury to indict on this one says a whole lot about one of the most dangerous places in America. Baltimore officers, when will you learn? Don't get involved in trying to make that shithole a safer place. Wait for the calls to come in and avoid chasing after some gun toting, drug dealing heathen. The people in Baltimore should get what they deserve.

Pap
Pap

Avoid be officers in some areas !

cabman86
cabman86

Where is the video?

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Why would anyone stay on and be a cop in Baltimore? Not going to change as long as you have Mosby! God Speed officers!

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Obviously anybody who thinks the officer did anything wrong is a left wing nut job with an agenda against police. On the other hand it is getting harder and harder to care about officers that work in third world shytholes like Baltimore. What in the hell did he think was going to happen as soon as he looked sideways at this lovely gentleman. . .

gfc1963
gfc1963

FUCK Marilyn Mosby!! The police in baltimore should just go on strike. See what happens then!

61mouse
61mouse

Cops in Baltimore should have given their 2 weeks notices afew yrs ago. There are other cities that would appreciate them .EXCEPT NYC,CALI,AND OREGON.

IggyRu
IggyRu

No crime no foul! Officer did his job with the split second action. Remember that old saying: if run from the police they're bringing an ass whooping with them!

mike wauters
mike wauters

Unreal. The officer got a gun carrying moron off the street. He wasn't using it to protect the poor. This is why they are killing each other because left wing stool samples make excuses for them instead of punishing them where they dont want to go back to prison. What a joke. Fuck liberals.

tfort
tfort

Did the cop see the gun before he chased the guy? It reads that the cop found the gun after all of the incident happened. If the men on the corner have done nothing wrong, then leave them alone. Stop creating a problem when it doesn't exist. If he did see the gun, then by all means, investigate.... I don't believe that happened.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Marilyn Mosby is the same prosecutor (persecutor?) who charged the 6 Baltimore City officers in the death of Freddie Grey in 2015. She couldn't even prove that any misconduct had occurred, much less who allegedly did whatever. All of the cases resulted in "Not Guilty" verdicts or the charges were dropped when it became obvious that the charges would not be sustained by a jury. Mosby wants to burn a cop so badly that she can taste it. Want to know why Baltimore City cops are "depolicing" and their morale is at rock bottom? Mosby is a big part of it.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

I would humbly submit that the Supreme Court disagreed with you in the decision of Illinois v. Wardlow (2000):

EMarie
EMarie

WTF!!! The Officer was doing his job. Keeping us safe!