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Baltimore police launch investigation into video that appears to show an officer repeatedly coughing on residents

April 8, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Baltimore Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a social media video that appears to show an officer repeatedly coughing near citizens in Southeast Baltimore, according to the department.

(CNN)The Baltimore Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a social media video that appears to show an officer repeatedly coughing near citizens in Southeast Baltimore, according to the department.

"The Department takes Covid-19 very seriously and we do not condone any action by our members which may be perceived as making light of the Covid-19 pandemic," police spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge wrote in the department's statement.

"After watching the full video, it [sic] 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," Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in the statement.

"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. "

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott provided CNN with a statement saying he had also been made aware of the video and immediately forwarded it to Commissioner Harrison for investigation.

This is not behavior that we want our police officers or any of our public servants to model to our residents," the council president's statement said.

Baltimore City NAACP branch president, Kobi Little, called the video content emblematic of the police department's "failure to respect and build trust with the people of Baltimore," calling for the officer to be pulled from contact with the public immediately, "and subsequently held accountable for his actions. "

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