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Baltimore (January 8, 2021) – Yesterday, a Baltimore City Grand Jury returned a 2-count indictment against Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Officer Charles Baugher for offenses that occurred on June 6, 2019 in the City of Baltimore, including one count of second degree assault and one count of misconduct in office. Baugher faces up to up to 10 years in prison for the assault charge. There is no statutory penalty for the misconduct charge, which is classified as a misdemeanor.

Yesterday’s indictment stems from an investigation led by the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Public Trust and Police Integrity and Evidence Review Unit as well as BPD’s Body Worn Camera and Internal Affairs Division.

While Officer Baugher is assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty, the indictment alleges that on the day of the incident, June 6, 2019, Officer Baugher responded to the unit block of North Kresson Street to assist other BPD members with an investigation and arrest of Mr. Corey Dyson.

When Officer Baugher arrived at the North Kresson Street location, Mr. Tyquwon Phillips, a 17 year old juvenile at the time, was on the sidewalk and using his cell phone to record the arrest of Mr. Dyson. BPD Detective Demetri Bezzek stood near Mr. Phillips and maintained control of the scene.

Officer Baugher attempted to place Mr. Phillips under arrest at the direction of BPD Sgt. Jason Hines. When Officer Baugher attempted to take Mr. Phillips into custody, Officer Baugher made harmful, offensive and unwanted contact with Mr. Phillips, without legal justification, when he lunged at Mr. Phillips and used his hands to grab Mr. Phillips around his neck, then forcefully shoved Mr. Phillips against a wall. Officer Baugher then, while choking Mr. Phillips, forcefully slammed Mr. Phillips to the ground.

While Officer Baugher attempted to take Mr. Phillips into custody, he both ignored and violated BPD policies regarding arrests and use of force. At all times relevant, Officer Baugher was a sworn public officer, acting under color of his office. The physical assault was not accidental, consented to, nor legally justified.

My office remains steadfast in our commitment to uphold one standard of justice regardless of race, religion, or occupation," said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. 
 

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial. 

Zy Richardson