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Ex-Baltimore Police Officer on Abusive Cops: ‘So Many of Them Are Punks’

Source: The Root

In late June, a little more than a month after the uprisings involving the death of Freddie Gray, a series of tweets appeared from retired Baltimore police officer and former Sgt. Michael A. Wood Jr., who worked on the force 2003-2014, that started with: “I’m going to start Tweeting the things I’ve seen & participated in, in policing that is corrupt, intentional or not.”

In an exclusive interview with The Root, former Baltimore Police Sgt. Michael A. Wood Jr. goes into detail regarding a series of viral tweets he made about the wrongdoing and police brutality he witnessed as an officer.

Wood had spoken about police corruption previously, but these tweets went viral. They included discussion of incidents in which a police officer slapped a black woman in the face for accidentally bumping in to him, and kicking a handcuffed suspect in the face. Wood says that black people were specifically targeted and added, “All of these things that you suspected, it’s all real.”

Wood reveals more to The Root about police corruption and a system he feels is broken and needs an overhaul, not just repair…

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