Former Md. officer caught on video punching handcuffed teen sentenced

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Video shows a Prince George’s County police officer hitting a teenager.(Photo: Prince George’s County State’s Attorney)

A former Prince George’s County police officer caught on video punching a handcuffed teen in a holding cell was sentenced Monday to two years of probation.

Jerry Thomas, 27, was also sentenced to 80 hours of community service for the November 2012 incident, the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a Twitter message Monday.

The 15-year-old involved in the incident had been arrested on suspicion of destruction of property. The teen was singing, yelling and cursing in a holding cell before Thomas walked in and struck the boy, according to police and prosecutors.

Thomas settled charges of misconduct in office in April by entering an Alford plea. The plea means that Thomas maintains he is innocent but acknowledges that prosecutors had enough evidence to win a conviction against him. The plea appears as a finding of guilt in court records.

Thomas had been suspended with pay during the county’s investigation, police said.

He resigned from the police force in June, according to a spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.
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