Viral Footage of Baltimore Police Officer Beating Citizen Leads to Resignation

Shocking video has emerged of a police officer in Baltimore repeatedly beating a civilian. The video shows the officer attacking a man wearing pink shorts and a white singlet while his partner tries to remove him from the situation.

The victim can be heard on camera saying "So what? Don't touch me," before the person filming says, "I got all of that, don't worry about it." The officer was suspended once the footage was made public.

It has now been confirmed that the police officer has resigned, according to the official Baltimore Police Twitter account. "UPDATE: The officer involved in yesterday's incident is no longer with the BPD. Interim Commissioner (Gary) Tuggle has accepted his resignation. The second officer remains on administrative duties. This remains an active criminal investigation."

The resigning officer was a part of the police force for one year.

Baltimore Police released a full statement on Sunday saying the victim was familiar to one of the officers. "After the first encounter, officers released him and approached him again to provide him a citizens contact sheet," the statement reads.

"When he was asked for his identification, the situation escalated when he refused. Almost immediately, the Baltimore Police Department began receiving videos of confrontation. The Office of Professional Responsibility was immediately dispatched to the area."

Tuggle said the incident ocurred on the same day police cadets graduated. "While I have an expectation that officers are out of their cars, on foot, engaging citizens, I expect that it will be done professionally and constitutionally," Tuggle said on Saturday.

"I have zero tolerance for behaviour like I witnessed on the video today. Officers have a responsibility and duty to control their emotions in the most stressful situations."

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh shared her thoughts on Twitter and "demanded answers and accountability. We are working day and night to bring about a new era of community-based, Constitutional policing and will not be deterred by this or any other instances that threatens our efforts to re-establish the trust of all citizens in Baltimore Police Department," Pugh said.

According to ABC, the victim was placed under arrest but released from custody without any charges laid. The officer's name has not been revealed by Baltimore Police Department.

Baltimore Police Department told Newsweek it would be responding to questions in a Periscope video at 12 p.m. local time.