The officer stood nearby failing to act while suspect kicked the unresponsive victim in the head
Baltimore, Md (August 13, 2021) — Today, a criminal information (CI) was filed against Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Officer Christopher Nguyen charging him with Reckless Endangerment and Misconduct in Office. A criminal information is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by criminal information is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.
If convicted, Officer Nguyen faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a fine of $5,000 for Reckless Endangerment. 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.
“Our Public Trust and Police Integrity Unit continues to hold law enforcement accountable for their actions just as any other prosecutor in our office does when a criminal act is alleged in the community,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I am proud of the Unit’s work as they ensure accountability, professionalism, and integrity of the badge.”
Following is a description of the alleged criminal conduct committed by the defendant.
On August 12, 2020, on the 4200 block of Kolb Avenue, Officer Nguyen allegedly failed to properly supervise, secure or otherwise detain suspect, Kenneth Somers, which created a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to the victim, Wayne Brown, a physically incapacitated individual at the time. Officer Nguyen, having already identified the suspect in the alleged assault of the victim, failed to secure or properly detain the suspect to protect the victim from further injury as the Officer investigated the alleged assault in question.
According to the criminal information, Officer Nguyen allegedly failed to take any action as the suspect ignored the Officer’s questions, exited his truck, and walked unobstructed toward the victim who was lying motionless and bleeding on the sidewalk. Officer Nguyen allegedly failed to place himself between the suspect and the victim, failed to prevent the suspect from bending down, saying to the victim words to the effect of, “Hey, can you see that? Can you see? So you can remember me,” and failed to prevent further harm to the victim by remaining approximately three to five feet away from the victim when the suspect reared back then kicked the unresponsive victim in the head causing his head to thrust backward.
According to court documents, Officer Nguyen was a sworn police officer with the BPD at the time these events occurred and did unlawfully, knowingly, and corruptly fail to act as required in the performance of, and under the color of, authority of his official duties.