A Montgomery County police officer who was caught on video violently forcing a teenager’s head into a concrete sidewalk during an arrest has been charged with assault, the state’s attorney’s office said on Tuesday.
Kevin Joseph Moris, 31, of Silver Spring was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
“It’s a sad day when Marcus and I have to stand here and charge a Montgomery County Police Officer,” said Montgomery County State’s Attornery John McCarthy.
Officer Kevin Moris, 31, was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office for allegedly assaulting 19-year-old Arlando Pesoa during an arrest outside a McDonald’s on July 3, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said at a Tuesday press conference.
Cell phone video uploaded to Twitter on Thursday showed a Montgomery County police officer kneeing a man’s head into the ground while handcuffing him. Afterward, the suspect can be seen with a bloody mouth.
The video went viral, viewed by thousands, as investigators worked to determine if the use of force was excessive.