Video Appears to Show Officer Hitting, Kicking Young Man at Baltimore School

A video has surfaced apparently showing a school police officer slapping a young man at a school in Baltimore.

A Baltimore City Public Schools official said the incident occurred Tuesday at REACH Partnership School. In a cellphone video shot by a student, a police officer can be seen slapping and kicking a young man.

According to NBC affiliate WBAL, the school district learned of the incident Tuesday afternoon upon obtaining a copy of the footage.

School officials haven't confirmed whether the young man is a student. Neither the young man nor the officer in the video has been identified.

Baltimore City Police told WBAL the officer depicted in the video is a member of the Baltimore City Schools Police Department and is not a city officer.

It's not clear what led up to the incident, or what happened after the camera stopped recording.

The head of the city's school police force, Marshall Goodwin, has been placed on administrative leave because of the incident.

Clyde Boatwright, president of the Baltimore City School Police Union, told WBAL the officer in the video is still employed.

"It is in the early stages of the investigation, and we look forward to a full and complete investigation," Boatwright told WBAL, "and at this point, we're just waiting for those results."

Baltimore City Public Schools released a statement saying officials are "vigorously investigating" the incident. 

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