Officer who pointed gun at crowd placed on administrative duty

A Baltimore Police Department officer who was photographed pointing his gun at a crowd near Druid Hill Park yesterday, has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation of the incident, according to Lieutenant Sarah E. Connolly of BPD's media relations section.

"We're taking this incident very seriously," said Connolly. "Internal Affairs is investigating the circumstances in their entirety."

The incident took place during a confrontation between police and dirt bike riders and onlookers gathered on Druid Park Drive Sunday. City Paper contributing photographer Noah Scialom posted a photograph on Instagram of the officer, who BPD has not yet named, holding his gun up, according to his post, "in the direction of a fairly sizable group of people on the hillside of Druid Park, after a glass bottle had been thrown at the group of police officers and shattered on the ground."

Donnolly said the rules about when it's appropriate for police officers to wield their weapons depend on many factors. "Circumstances change," she said. "There are clear delineations, but there are also many variables involved." 

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