Maryland police officer faces assault charge after slamming teen's neck into ground during arrest

Mail Online | 7/4/2019 | Stephanie Haney For;Associated Press
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A Maryland police officer seen on video kneeing a handcuffed teenager's head into the sidewalk during an arrest was charged on Tuesday with assault.

Montgomery County Police Officer Kevin Joseph Moris is due in court August 2 to face one count of second-degree assault and one count of misconduct in office related to the July 3 arrest of Arnaldo Andres Pesoa, 19, of Silver Spring.

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Moris, 31, has been placed on paid administrative leave. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy, who announced the charges against Moris during a news briefing, called it a 'sad day' but stressed that officers who act "improperly" will be held accountable for their actions.

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'It is absolutely fundamental to public safety that we foster a partnership between the police and our community,' McCarthy said.

The police department suspended Moris' police powers and assigned the seven-year department veteran to administrative duties last week.

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A department statement on Friday said it began investigating Moris' use of force against Pesoa after videos of last Wednesday's arrest began circulating on social media.

The video appears to show the officer kneeing Pesoa's head into the sidewalk outside a McDonald's restaurant in the Aspen Hill Shopping Center located at 13701 Connecticut Avenue.

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Pesoa lies prone on his stomach and screams as his head slams down and his mouth appears to be bleeding. The officer then lifts Pesoa's shirt and covers his face with it.

Pesoa received medical treatment for his injuries, according to McCarthy. A booking photo shows a bruise above his right eye.

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After watching the video, Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro and Vice President and Chairman of the Public Safety Committee Sidney Katz released a...
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