Baltimore – A Baltimore police investigator has been charged with unlawful harassment and misconduct for allegedly hitting a man who refused to cover his face in a West Baltimore grocery store last April.
Andre Pringli, a 45-year-old spy, faces up to 10 years in prison on charges of assault. His lawyer, Chaz Ball, declined to comment.
Last week, the Baltimore Grand Jury charged the investigator with two counts. He is due to appear in a Baltimore District Court on April 9.
The case stems from a meeting with a 25-year-old man last spring inside the Shoppers grocery store in Mondawmin Mall, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors say Brandon Walker entered the store wearing a mask over his head and refused to take it off his face. The governor պատվ mayor’s orders required Walker to shop while he bought his mask. “He had a cast on his right leg and was walking on a crutch,” the indictment reads.
Pringle was in the supermarket, he accompanied the man from the store.
“Mr. Walker was shouting and cursing Detective Pringley as they continued to the automated entrance / exit doors,” the prosecutors wrote in their indictment.
They wrote that Walker stopped in a closed area between two automatic doors and glanced at the investigator.
“Detective Pringle grabbed Mr. Walker’s jacket and squeezed it. Detective Pringle continued to push Mr. Walker out of the store. “After coming out, Investigator Pringle first punched Mr. Walker in the face, arguing that Mr. Walker had hit his head on the concrete,” the prosecutors wrote.
The Baltimore State Attorney’s Office on Wednesday announced the charges against Pringle.
“This indictment implies actions that we simply cannot tolerate or accept from those who have vowed to protect and serve the citizens of this city,” state attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement.
23-year-old veteran Pringle has been suspended on salary.
Walker was charged with assault, trespassing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disobedience. The charges were dropped in November. He pleaded guilty to violating the orders during the state of emergency and received a probation period.