Officer Anthony Spence was un-slapped with a criminal charge on Thursday. The Baltimore City State’s Attorney decided to drop the most serious charges against a school police officer who made national headlines after a video showing him slapping a student spread.
A felony child abuse charge initially filed against Anthony Spence was removed from the list of charges against the officer, leaving second-degree assault and misconduct in office. In a statement, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office said the charge was dropped because an investigation determined Spence “did not have temporary care or custody of the victim, therefore the child abuse charges are not appropriate.”
In a cell phone video that went viral, Spence was seen slapping a REACH Partnership school student while a second officer, Severna Bias, stood by. The two officers were suspended without pay following the incident, and school officials like Baltimore superintendent Gregory Thornton said they were outraged. Spence’s lawyer told the Baltimore Sun that the student spat on the officer before the incident.
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