Despite being punched in the face repeatedly by the Officer, the victim did not strike back.
Baltimore, Md (July 21, 2021) – Yesterday, a Baltimore City grand jury indicted Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Police Officer Aaron Sewell on charges of Second Degree Assault and Misconduct in Office. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.
If convicted, Officer Sewell faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison for Second Degree Assault. There is no maximum sentence for Misconduct in Office. It is a common law crime which carries no sentencing limit except that it cannot be cruel and unusual.
“This indictment shows once again that we take police misconduct very seriously in my office. It doesn’t matter what job you do, or what uniform you wear - if you break the law, you will be brought to justice," said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
To follow is the alleged criminal conduct committed by the defendant.
On June 20, 2020, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Officer Sewell was on duty as a sworn law enforcement officer for the MTA Police working uniformed patrol at the Rogers Avenue Metro Station located on 4300 Hayward Avenue. While on patrol, Officer Sewell encountered Mr. Kaiya Parker, who was waiting on the train platform. Mr. Parker was not wearing a shirt and was instructed by Officer Sewell that he was required to wear one in order to ride the train. Officer Sewell then prevented Mr. Parker from proceeding forward into the train platform waiting area by placing his body in the path of Mr. Parker.
When the incident occurred, there was no train at the platform and Mr. Parker was not attempting to board a train. Mr. Parker also did not disrupt any passengers from boarding or exiting a train. According to the indictment, Officer Sewell allegedly placed his hands on Mr. Parker’s chest as Mr. Parker tried to enter the platform area. Mr. Parker proceeded to swat Officer Sewell’s hands away.
Officer Sewell reacted to his hand being swatted away by punching Mr. Parker’s face several times, picking him up, and slamming him to the ground. At no time did Mr. Parker strike back at Officer Sewell while Officer Sewell was punching him. Mr. Parker grabbed a trash can to stabilize himself from Officer Sewell’s attack.
According to the indictment, Officer Sewell used an unnecessary amount of force or violence and the amount of force used was unreasonable in light of the severity of the incident and urgency of its disposition. Officer Sewell’s actions were inconsistent with the MTA Use of Force policy. Officer Sewell was a sworn police officer, acting under color of his office and the assault was not accidental, consented to, nor legally justified.