A White male who allegedly attacked a Black Baltimore City police officer was charged with a hate crime and first-degree assault yesterday morning.
James Kimble, 20, of Harford County is in jail on $1 million bail for striking off-duty Detective Jermaine Cook in the face with a glass mug, which may result in loss of vision in his left eye.
When at a stop sign, police claim Kimble accused the detective of speeding. Before Cook identified himself as a cop, Kimble allegedly hit him in the face with the mug, for which he underwent surgery yesterday afternoon.
“There is the possibility that the officer may lose his eye or at least some sight in that eye,” said Baltimore City Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
Harford County Police Spokesman Monica Worrell said Kimble is heard on the recorded phone call Cook made to report the 2:20 a.m. assault yelling racial slurs and threatening to hang Cook. Police arrived and said Kimble appeared to be intoxicated. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released a statement to condemn the incident, offering support to the victim and his family:
“I am deeply troubled by this violent attack on a Baltimore City police officer. I am also very disturbed that by early accounts, this incident may have been racially motivated. There is simply no place in our society for any violence, especially racially motivated violence.”
However, according to WJZ, Kimble’s neighbors say the altercation was not racially motivated. One resident heard the officer was speeding down the road in Joppa where a bunch of people were standing and almost got hit by the detective’s vehicle.
“They waved to him, saying, ‘Hey, man, slow down,” the neighbor said. “The officer got out the car and started yelling and cursing at the group and pulled out a knife.”
Kimble said he was stabbed by Cook, but police say they did not find a knife at the scene.
Cook is scheduled for another surgery today.