Officer on video beating suspect gets 6-month sentence

By Juliet Linderman, Associated Press | Posted - May 15, 2015 at 4:31 p.m.



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BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer caught on tape beating a man outside of a liquor store before placing him under arrest has pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and been sentenced to six months in jail.

Vincent Cosom entered the plea Friday. Cosom was caught on video repeatedly punching Kollin Truss in June. Cosom was suspended from the force after the video became public in September when Truss filed a lawsuit against the police.

Cosom's attorney did not return a call for comment. Truss' attorney, Ivan Bates, who represents Sgt. Alicia White, who is facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray, said he is not pleased with the sentence. Twenty-five-year-old Gray died a week after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody. Second-degree assault can carry up to 10 years in jail.

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Juliet Linderman

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