An off-duty US police officer bit a man’s testicles during a fight outside a Baltimore bar and has been charged with assault, according to court documents made public last Wednesday.
Anne Arundel County police officer Michael Flaig, 31, was arrested and charged after attacking the victim, who was not named by Baltimore police, Reuters reported.
The fight stemmed from an argument that began after Flaig was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward the victim’s roommate, Baltimore police said in the charging documents.
The victim told Flaig to stop and the two got into an argument.
The victim then left the bar and started to walk home, The Baltimore Sun reported.
But Flaig ran up from behind and tried to punch him in the face.
The man ducked out of the way, leading Flaig to drag him to the ground and pummel him repeatedly.
The victim then pinned Flaig to the ground, straddling him around the upper body and neck area, police said.
Flaig then bit the man’s testicles, according to the court documents.
The victim was treated at the scene for injuries to his testicles, knees, elbows and lip.
Flaig fled, but was found at a nearby bar with blood on his shirt, and was arrested on misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, public intoxication and endangering the victim’s safety, according to police.
Another unidentified man involved in the attack fled is still at large, police said.
Flaig, an officer for 10 years, has been suspended. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 19.
“These charges are disturbing and we have an obligation as police officers to conduct ourselves in a professional manner on and off-duty,” said Anne Arundel County Chief of Police Timothy J. Altomare.