Surveillance footage taken outside a Maryland convenience store appears to show a flash of light as a police officer with a loaded gun pistol-whips an unsuspecting man.
The video, recorded last February in Brentwood, calls into question Prince George's County police officer Donal Taylor's claim that 19-year-old Ryan Dorm -- who spent four months in jail following the encounter -- fought for the weapon as the officer approached. The gun appears to discharge as it strikes Dorm's skull.
According to MyFoxDC:
Attorney Jimmy Bell, who represents Dorm, says the video shows Taylor out-and-out "lied" when he wrote up a report supporting assault charges against his client.
Police also say that Taylor lied about the incident, according to NBC Washington. The alleged victim and his attorney have since filed a $10 million lawsuit against Taylor and his department.
Taylor is charged with misconduct, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault, the Associated Press reports. He is suspended from the department.