By Michelle Richardson
Special to the AFRO
Two men and a juvenile have been arrested in the alleged assault of a Baltimore Police sergeant on a cell phone video, which has now gone viral.
Zayne Abdullah, 23, and Donnell Burgess, 20, were arrested in the assault that took place in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. A third person, a 17- year old juvenile was also arrested. His name has not been released because he is a minor.
Witnesses say the sergeant, only identified at this time as “Sgt Simpson” was trying to clear people out of the entrance of a store by telling them to “move along” before one of the suspects and the officer apparently bumped shoulders.
Zayne Abdullah, 23, and Donnell Burgess, 20 are two of three arrested in the attack of a Baltimore Police sergeant. (Courtesy Photo)
“The word is excuse me,” Abdullah allegedly said to the officer before allegedly spitting in Simpson’s face, according to a press release released by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).
As Simpson began trying to arrest Abdullah, an unidentified bystander “strikes downward with his fist on Sgt. Simpson’s right arm in an attempt to free Mr. Abdullah,” according to online court records.
A woman on the video can be heard screaming to keep kicking the officer and “stomp him.”
Donnell Burgess, 20, was charged with participating in the assault and attempting to free Abdullah by dragging the officer across the ground, according to court records.
As Abdullah and the sergeant fell to the ground and Simpson began to tell Abdullah to stop resisting, the sergeant said he was punched several times in the face and upper torso.
While on the ground, according to the court document, the officer said he was kicked several times on the left side of his head by unknown individuals.
Abdullah is charged with three counts of assault, including assault on a law enforcement officer; disorderly conduct; and resisting or interfering with an arrest.
Burgess was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer and resisting arrest in relation to the assault.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison held a press conference after the incident with Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young at his side. Harrison initially said the officer was conducting a business check at the scene before the incident occurred.
Police could not confirm if video from the sergeant’s body-worn camera exists as of Jan. 22.