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Baltimore judge upholds firing of police officer in video

A Baltimore judge upheld the firing of a police officer shown on video berating and pushing a 14-year-old skateboarder who addressed the officer as “dude.”

The department’s trial board found Officer Salvatore Rivieri not guilty of using excessive and unnecessary force and uttering a discourtesy, but guilty of failing to issue a citizen contact receipt and file a report.

The board recommended a six-day suspension, but Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld fired him last year. Lawyer Michael Marshall argued that meant Rivieri should not have been fired.

Judge Sylvester Cox let the termination stand, ruling Monday that the commission did not act in an arbitrary or capricious manner. Marshall said he expects Rivieri will appeal the decision.

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