Teen beaten, jailed for 44 hours without charge just for filming Baltimore unrest

A teenager who filmed Baltimore police chasing a looting suspect during the recent riots claimed he was hit by an officer several times, thrown to the ground, arrested and jailed for 44 hours – and never charged with a crime.

The allegation came as it was revealed that the Justice Department will investigate the practices of the Baltimore police.

Geremy Faulkner, 18, alleged that he was cuffed by an officer who yelled at him ‘you wanna kill cops?’ after he was spotted using his cellphone to record officers tackling a looter during the Freddie Gray unrest last Monday.

Faulkner said that he used his cellphone to record eight police officers chasing a youngster they suspected of stealing along an alleyway.

He said that he taped the suspect clambering over a fence then stepped aside to let the officers pursuing him get past.

He told thenation.com: ‘I’m not hindering them. I just moved to the side and put my hands in air and expected them to run past me. But one of the guys in riot gear kicks me in the legs. “You wanna kill cops?” he says and he hits me. Then he hits me again. I said “What’s your name?” He says ‘shut the f*** up”.’

Faulkner claimed he was then viciously thrown to the ground and that the officer then put his knee in his back, kicked his phone away and bundled him into a police van.

The teenager, a Baltimore Career Academy High School graduate, claimed that he spent 44 hours in a cramped cell at Central Booking with around 12 other males, with no beds, blankets or pillows.

He also alleged that they were not fed properly or given adequate water.

In addition, he said, they did not have access to an attorney.

He said that after a day in jail he managed to eat some ‘sweaty bologna’ and ‘threw up in the toilet’.

His cellmates apparently used their shoes and stale bread as pillows.

He was eventually released without being charged with a crime.

However, at first he had been told he would be charged with disorderly conduct, but his arresting officer had not recorded the reason for his arrest, he claimed.

Nor was the officer’s name entered on the arrest sheet, he alleged.

The Baltimore police force is set to be investigated by the Justice Department at the request of the city’s mayor.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake initially appeared determined to fix the force’s problems herself, but later said she would accept outside help to repair a breakdown in public trust in a city rocked by riots sparked by the death of Gray, a black man who was fatally injured in police custody.

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