A Baltimore Police Officer is being accused of trying to spread the coronavirus inside a predominantly Black community, MTO News has learned.
The police department is investigating a video that appears to show a police sergeant cough in the face of a woman intentionally - outside the Perkins Homes housing complex in Southeast Baltimore.
The officer also walks by dozens of other residents and coughs on them as well.
MTO News has not been able to confirm whether the officer was infected with the coronavirus, but is clearly engaging in behavior that could infect others with the deadly virus.
The coronavirus is highly contagious and as it stands and there more than 395,000 confirmed cases of infection within the US according to the New York Times and approximately 12,000 deaths thus far. Medical experts also now agree that African Americans may face a higher rate of mortality than other ethnic groups, in part due to African Americans having more cases of underlying diseases such as diabetes and inequality within the healthcare system.
Consequently, we reached out to Baltimore's police commissioner and were given this response. “After watching the full video, in its entirety, it is not only disturbing, but incomprehensible, especially considering the high-level of strong and clear guidance that we have provided from the beginning, regarding COVID-19,” police Commissioner Michael Harrison told MTO News.
“Members are always expected to be sensitive and professional to the community, but what we saw in the video is alarming because this pandemic is affecting lives not only nationally, worldwide, but right here in our own police department."
The Department’s Public Integrity Bureau is conducting an internal investigation into the video.