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Md. cop turns body camera off, pours beer down the back of man

Officer Ilia Cole has been indicted on second-degree assault, misconduct in office and related charges.
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BRENTWOOD, Md. – A Brentwood Police officer has been charged with assault after pouring a beer down the back of a man after issuing him a citation.

On February 15, the victim and two friends got off work and returned home after buying a six pack of beer. When they got home, police said the victim called another resident of the home to move their car that was parked in the driveway so that the victim could park there instead.

When Cole saw the van, police said he turned on his body camera and approached to issue a parking citation.

Police said while the victim was in the front yard, he opened a can of beer but did not drink it. That is when Officer Cole order the victim and his two friends to get out of the vehicle and issued them the parking citation for an open container.

After issuing the citations, police said Cole turned off his body camera and told the victim to pour out the beer. When he refused, Cole opened a beer, grabbed him by the shirt and poured the beer down his back. Cole then told him to open the rest of the beers and pour them out. When the victim refused, police said Cole opened the rest and poured them in the street.

According to police, the victim and his two friends are Spanish speaking immigrants and understood limited English.

An officer from the Mt. Rainer Police Department and an officer from Edmonston Police were there to assist, police said. Both officers reported the incident to their supervisors.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this officer’s actions and he had no right to publicly humiliate this individual,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. “In Prince George’s County, we hold all of our officers to the highest standard, regardless of municipality.”

Cole has been indicted on second-degree assault, misconduct in office and related charges.