VIDEO: Officer Charged After Dropping Knee On Suspect Spitting Blood At Cops

The Montgomery County state's attorney announced he was charging an officer seen making an arrest in a now-viral video.

Rockville, MD – The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office announced its intention to charge a police officer with assault after he was caught on video using force on a suspect who spit blood at police officers (video below).

The incident occurred on July 3 at a McDonald’s in Aspen Hill when officers from the Montgomery County Police Department’s (MCPD) 4th District Special Assignment Team were conducting a drug sting operation on a psychedelic mushroom dealer at a McDonald’s, WTTG reported.

Undercover officers concluded the drug deal with 19-year-old Arnaldo Pesoa but when they went to take him into custody, he resisted arrest and fought with them.

Multiple videos of the incident were filmed by bystanders from inside and outside the restaurant.

A cell phone video filmed inside the restaurant showed the officers trying to take Pesoa into custody as he fought them.

The video showed that it took four officers to get handcuffs on the suspect, who screamed and fought the entire time.

Once Pesoa was handcuffed, the officers stood him up and walked him outside, the video showed.

The suspect continued fighting with officers after they took him outside, so the officers put Pesoa down on the sidewalk to search him for weapons and drugs.

The video showed that Pesoa continued to fight officers and resisted arrest from the ground.

When he started spitting blood at them, Montgomery County Police Officer Kevin Moris dropped his knee on the suspect's head to stop the attack, the video showed.

However, Peosa's head was off of the ground at the time which resulted in his head slamming into the pavement.

“I just spit my spit my f--king blood on your foot,” Pesoa screamed at the officer in the video.

So Officer Moris pulled Pesoa’s shirt up over his head to act as a spit shield, the video showed.

Pesoa was arrested and taken to the Central Processing Unit for booking, according to WTTG.

He was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of attempted distribution of a controlled substance, one count of resisting arrest, and one count of second-degree assault.

Pesoa was released on a $5,000 bond, WTTG reported.

Cell phone videos of the incident filmed by bystanders quickly went viral and sparked outrage in the community.

Acting Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones announced on Friday that he was suspending Officer Moris’ police powers pending an internal affairs investigation of the incident, WRC reported.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy announced that his office had determined that Officer Moris had used excessive force during the arrest of Pesoa.

“While Mr. Pesoa was laying out on the sidewalk, an assault occurred at that point in time,” McCarthy told reporters. “There are multiple videos that have been widely distributed in the region that detail that particular assault. Mr. Pesoa did require medical attention on the scene as the result of injuries he sustained during the course of his apprehension.”

“The investigation is ongoing in this matter,” the state’s attorney continued. “But we announce today that this morning we filed in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County charging Officer Kevin Moris with two counts – second degree assault and misconduct in office.”

Then McCarthy said it was “a sad day” and acknowledged that Montgomery County is widely considered to have one of the best police departments in the country before he implied there was a systemic problem on the police force.

“We have sadly prosecuted cases many times in the past involving members of the Montgomery County Police Department,” he said. “I am troubled, as someone that’s been involved in law enforcement for a very long time in this community, at some of the recent events as well as some of the public comments… about the police and the community here in Montgomery County.”

“Our partnership with this community is central to everything that we do in this community, and if we do not work collectively together to guard that relationship, I fear for public safety,” the state’s attorney dramatically told reporters.

McCarthy said that he wasn’t sure what was going to happen to the charges against Pesoa.

Chief Jones told reporters that Officer Moris had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of his criminal investigation.

He also said that all internal investigations of the incident had been paused while the criminal investigation proceeded.

“We take excessive force cases very seriously, and this morning, I take no pleasure in Officer Kevin Moris being charged criminally in this matter,” Chief Jones said. “And based on what I observed on the video tape, I totally understand the state’s attorney’s office position. This does go to the point of our officers understanding that they have to be held accountable in order to earn the trust of our community. And I would also expect the criminal justice system to handle this case appropriately as they would do in all cases.”

Many have expressed concern that bringing down the hammer on a questionable result of an approved tactic will have a chilling effect on the active Montgomery County police force in much the same way Baltimore police were affected when Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought bogus charges against six officers for the April of 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

“The department is showing us officers two things: they don’t care about our safety and if you do your job, you will be charged. It’s time we learn to do nothing,” an angry Montgomery County police source told Blue Lives Matter.

The state’s attorney acknowledged that potential problem and commented on it during the press conference.

“And we do not want to have police officers [stop doing] their jobs because they’re afraid to do anything,” McCarthy said. “I think we know what that ends with. We’ve seen that too many times in too many communities across America, and we don’t want that.”

But police sources also said that officers felt as if everybody had turned their backs on them, including the prosecutors whom they work with to put criminals away.

"This county executive, the county council, and even our own police chief are more willing to defend a drug dealer who was spitting blood on the officer than the officer himself, who was doing what he'd been trained to do by his own department,” one Montgomery County officer told to Blue Lives Matter. “Even the state's attorney, who has prosecuted so many cases by that same officer, is now turning its back on the people who are there to address the criminals in their own communities."

Another police source said that charging Officer Moris sent the wrong message out into the community.

“This event only gives the common criminal in Montgomery County the confidence to commit more crime with a sense of immunity,” the officer told Blue Lives Matter.

Some officers blamed Montgomery County’s “sanctuary” status for adding to the problems in the community.

“Being a sanctuary county tells criminals we go easy on crime, and this is one more example of how yet another criminals is going to get let off and get a payday,” one police source said.

Chief Jones said that bodycam video of the incident would not be released to the public until after Officer Moris’ case has been adjudicated.

He said that Officer Moris had been on the Montgomery County police force for about seven years, but he did not release any information regarding the officer’s disciplinary record.

Watch three different cell phone videos of the incident here below:

Comments (71)
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johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

Charming this officer for defending himself and his fellow officers from the very real elf disease from this exhibit is despicable!

JBo
JBo

"...best police departments in the country before he implied there was a systemic problem..."

Which is it McCarthy? You can't have it both ways. I would never allow a suspect to spit on me, which is an assault, by the way, and I would stop him the quickest way possible. If the suspect gets a headache, too bad.

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

i recall a law director in NE Ohio telling us we could shoot a known aids carrier who would keep puncturing a wound on his hand to squirt blood at responders when he would be caught at his usual past time of contaminating towels and fixtures in public rest rooms.

Lawman777
Lawman777

Two words for the prosecutor of the police officer: "NOT GUILTY!"

DNW
DNW

Blood is essentially a biological weapon. That is one fact that likely won't be articulated in any of the myriad recountings of this incident, by network news or the 'outraged community'.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

The POS was caught selling drugs, then he resisted arrest. If his head got bounced off the ground, TO DAMN BAD!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

That looks like it hurt. I bet it got the point across though. We are allowed, within reason, to defend ourselves from situations like this. The guy was spitting blood at police. That is assault with bodily fluids. Where I live, if you turn out to have a bloodborne pathogen, you can be charged with a Felony. We are issued spit guards that go over the face and neck. In a case like this, the subject will be taken to the hospital to have a blood test and any officer who may have been exposed will be treated with antibiotics and antivirals.

Milman
Milman

You would think the Police Chief and the State's Attorney would remember what's happened in Baltimore and Chicago after these bull$hit charges! This officer had EVERY right to pin this perps head. (He did not have a chance to get a PILLOW, Chief! This group of officers need to drag the Chief and this attorney out with them for a month! Best of luck to the officer, Karma to the gutless, chickenshit "Chief" !!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I applaud the officers.......... What I found disturbing was the woman in the last clip here, filming it and letting her little boy watch it.. WHY? Scare the little kid into thinking police are bad, especially when Mom said the guy did nothing wrong. Great parenting.....

2A SUPPORTER
2A SUPPORTER

THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL SEEMS TO BE THE ENEMY OF THE POLICE .

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

Did the knee drop get the suspect to stop spitting blood? Yes? END OF STORY...

TWalters
TWalters

In Texas, spitting on an officer is Harassment of a Public Servant, felony of the third degree. It’s very serious and possibly deadly with all the diseases bodily fluids can contain.

bronx163
bronx163

Its a wrap.

Policing is dead.

No reason to charge this cop.

Just another liberal fascist activist attacking the police.

Let it all burn people.

Let these animals destroy society and sit back.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The officers need to follow through on their promise not to be a proactive police department. During that time, those officers need to apply to police departments that will back them for doing their jobs. Good luck with that in todays political climate.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

....."and I do want to caution - Some of what you are about to see is graphic"

You hear that statement all the time as if they are already setting the stage for the manufactured drama. Well of course it is graphic as many arrests are graphic ...and if it involves the safety of the LEO's I would certainly trust their judgement and back them before a criminal, criminal's friend or SJW with an agenda.

Wish505
Wish505

The politically correct BS is going to far. DA are running scared of the bad guys and there video fan clubs. Spitting on an officer especially spitting blood is in my books a felonious assault and whatever action is necessary to protect yourself and your fellow officers is fair game. Would love to sit on this jury.

maggiemoo1312
maggiemoo1312

It sickens me every single day to watch as our law enforcement officers lose their police powers. As each day passes with stories like this one I wonder when the Insanity will stop. I pray to God that my LEO son never has to go through this shit. #bluelivesmatter #alwaysbackourLEO

61mouse
61mouse

Another asshole chiefthat doesn't have his officers.back.

The express
The express

I'm getting sick of all this bullshit that the cops have to put up with. New rule for cops anyone that resists arrest just tease the hell out of them till they can't mover anymore.

OldVet
OldVet

Prosecutor is a liberal do gooder. This was assault on an officer using a biological weapon. Look that one up.

unholyone
unholyone

IMHO, the POS is lucky he only got a knee to the neck. The officer was right to "stop the possibly deadly attack." The POS could have had all kinds of diseases that are communicable. I'm so glad I'm retired. How could anyone be a cop now-a-days, especially with these coprophagic politicians who forget their oath and only look for votes. i would say compromising their morals and ethics, but they have none.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

I'm seriously to the point where I believe LEO's need to have major case of blue flu for several days. Let these all to political, I forget or never knew what it's like to deal with these people Chief's etc. go out in the field and deals with this scum. Let these LEO supervisor's who sit in the office and worry about keeping their jobs take one of these liberal DA's with them and see what it's like to really deal with those that they feel sorry for all the time.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

While it is sad that the officer will be charged in criminal court, there is a silver lining -- incidents and videos like this can help teach other police officers all over the country how to behave better and what behavior they need to avoid. When a cop LEARNS, everybody wins (except the guy getting charged with assault and misconduct).

Maybe Maryland will legalize magic mushrooms -- that would have avoided the unfortunate situation that this thd is about. Those police resources could have been better used to look for drunk drivers and speeders!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

So let me get this straight...this DRUG DEALER can get away with resisting officers to the point it takes FOUR of them to take him down and then spits blood on them and on top of that someone says "he's not doing anything" and the officer(s) are just suppose to take that with no questions asked????....What the Hell!!!!

pixiepup
pixiepup

POLICE OFFICER DID NOTHING WRONG! Spineless chief for not standing up for his officer and disgusting attorney!

artw44
artw44

And how much is this ghetto lottery ticket worth?

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Once again, the bystander filmer making comments as of her dumb ass is on the ground hands on with the guy. Bitch shut your fucking trap because you don’t know what the fuck the guy is doing just by standing back and filming. And then you got Mr. “I want to be a hero and I am going to try and intervene with police officers doing their job”

tfort
tfort

The headline is misleading. The kid spit blood out that got on the cops shoe. This is the 2nd time this week that cops were charged for almost the exact same crime (3 Broward deputies charged - by the way, a Broward deputy was found guilty of brutality just this week).

It may take a while, but when enough cops go to prison for brutality, this should stop. All of this is thanks to citizens filming - not one deputy turned the other one's in......

Buffrat
Buffrat

What do prosecutors like this think is going on in the streets? The officer is supposed to allow bodily fluids to be spat upon him with their inherent danger of AIDS, Hepatitis, and a myriad of other diseases. That can be a death sentence just as final as if this punk had shot the officer. BS like this is what has ruined law enforcement. You speak of the need for community policing yet when officers are threatened, assaulted, and killed the attitude is we only care about that other community. Not the one that gets up every day to protect their community and is subject to some of the most vile behavior that humanity can throw at them. BTW, what I saw was just enough force to effect the arrest. The prosecutor and Chief ought to review the Use of Force Continuum because they damn well don't understand it.

Winddancer436
Winddancer436

This police officer did NOTHING wrong!!!!!!!!!!

spd522
spd522

Typical. This wouldn't even make the news if the suspect was white or probably even if the cop was black.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Montgomery County is chock full of snowflakes and SJW's, the most liberal county in the state and at one time the most affluent in the nation. No longer since they have welcomed with open arms an influx of lower-class foreigners such as the one above. If the citizens of Montgomery County don't back their cops when they use necessary force they're going to end up with a broken and demoralized police department "de-policing" the bad guys, to their detriment.

AppreciateU
AppreciateU

Prosecutors & captions of our fine officers need to stop tying our Officer's hands!!! What the hell are they supposed to do when drug-out suspects are fighting them & endangering the police's lives. This is what has caused these criminals to fight back so they can turn it around & sue the police. Personally if a pert started fighting an arrest give him or her 1 warning of being tazed & if they don't comply ZAP the low life.

Milocd
Milocd

What the heck, he resisted inside. He would not turn over on his stomach, from the three videos that I watched, no officers 👮‍♀️ had their knees on his head! Between his shoulders below his neck. He resisted, and when they turned him over he was still combative. His teeth cut his lip inside the restaurant. And when they got him outside, he spit blood on the officers. And I watched all of the videos! The chief is going to make his crew not wanting to arrest any one. If they had tazers they could have subduee the kid! He was clearly breaking the law! And the officer gets snagged! Sad.

Scpantherfan
Scpantherfan

Assault on officer and resisting arrest should be shot. After 1 or 2, people will get the message. But brass must stand with their officers.

Sinus Constabularius
Sinus Constabularius

Jury nullification is what’s needed. Get on the jury find him not guilty.

RETDEP170PCSO
RETDEP170PCSO

Why do our elected political leaders listen to the fringe element within society who become outraged at the sight of law enforcement? There is no telling what this scum bag has with his drug issues or what the officer was exposed to in this incident. I'm sure even if the charges for his dealing hold that he will not be punished for his actions. But, the political leaders will make an example of this officer for protecting himself so the can pander votes from the usual element. It is disgusting, I would agree that officers should go to work, drive around and let the mayhem go. Maybe without the police our good, law abiding citizens will begin to become outraged and start replacing these anti American, anti police elected officials.

Wickedsharp
Wickedsharp

Some people always will be outraged. Why didn't you have him? Why..... Spitting blood is assault and jf that blood is diseases, even worse. As a human being, what would you do if I spat in your face? I would expect an attempted ass kicking coming my way. Cops aren't any different except if you disrespect a servant who has been granted the responsibility to protect his community, what's next?

tfort
tfort

Did we find another "bad apple"?

tfort
tfort

hank goodness for video or this thug would never have been indicted. They should use this in the academy as a training video on excessive force.

The cops are not there to expat revenge, which this cop obviously was doing. Once we see bad cops indicted in record numbers, we will see a wholesale change on the policing.

Chrome Dome
Chrome Dome

I’ve just got through bragging about how this network allows people to get their points across but the only thing that I see in this topic is everything that is loving on the actions of cops which means that others that don’t have their views aren’t allowed to comment.😎