The investigation continues into the incident that occurred last night (October 12, 2015) in the area of Old York Road. The incident led to an arrest of a man for disorderly conduct. During the arrest, the officer appears to have spit on the suspect while he was in handcuffs.
This is now a criminal and internal investigation. Based on additional video and witness interviews, the decision has been made to suspend the officer’s police powers.
"Our internal investigation progressed rapidly today with the review of available video and interaction with witnesses. The video appears to depict the police sergeant spitting on the arrestee. That is outrageously unacceptable and it directly contradicts the necessary community relationships we are striving to rehabilitate. The police powers of Sergeant Robert Mesner are now suspended, and a criminal investigation is underway. Our entire community deserves to be treated with dignity and respect." Said Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.
Sergeant Mesner is a 34-year- veteran of the Baltimore Police Department.