Baltimore Police Officer Captured On Video Coughing Near Residents

The Baltimore Police Department has launched an internal investigation after an officer was filmed repeatedly coughing near citizens. In a video, which was posted on Instagram, the unidentified sergeant approaches a woman who was recording him on her cell phone and begins to cough.

The officer is not wearing a mask and makes no attempt to cover his face. He walks past the woman and two others standing on the grass while loudly coughing a few more times.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison reviewed the video along with the footage from the officer's body camera and blasted his actions.

"After watching the full video, in 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," said Harrison. "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."

Officials did not say if the officer has COVID-19. Ten members of the Baltimore Police Department have contracted the virus, and more than 100 people remain in self-isolation as a precaution.

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