MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (FOX 5 DC) – - A Montgomery County police officer who was recorded allegedly slamming a handcuffed suspect’s face into a sidewalk with his knee has been suspended.
Police identified the officer in the video as Kevin Moris of the 4th District Special Assignment Team.
In addition to having his police powers suspended, Moris has been relegated to administrative duties.
They say the incident will also be investigated by Montgomery County’s criminal investigations division.
According to a report from the Montgomery County Police Department, investigators were undercover looking into a mushrooms dealer at a McDonald’s restaurant at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center on Wednesday.
When they tried to arrest 19-year-old Arnaldo Pesoa of Silver Spring, he reportedly became disorderly and resisted arrest.
In videos recorded at the scene, multiple officers can be seen struggling inside and outside the eatery with the prone and handcuffed suspect.
After the incident, Pesoa was taken to the Central Processing Unit, where he was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of attempted distribution of a controlled substance, one count of resisting arrest, and one count of second-degree assault.
He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.