The man involved is alleging police brutality and filing a $5 million lawsuit against the officer, who claims he feared for his safety.
A still from the June 15 surveillance video. (WJLA photo) The June 15 confrontation, captured by a City of Baltimore surveillance camera, has no sound, but the incident explodes off the screen. The footage shows Officer Vincent Cosom hitting 32-year-old Kollin Truss repeatedly.
The confrontation actually started minutes before it was caught on tape. According to Officer Cosom’s incident report, Truss was loitering outside a Charm City liquor store at 1:40 a.m. and was very intoxicated. Truss yelled an obscenity at Officer Cosom, according to the report.
Moments later, Truss and his then-girlfriend Stephanie Coleman walked away and crossed the street. Officers pursued. Officer Cosom, a six-year-veteran of the police force, claims Truss at one point pushed Coleman three times. (WJLA News)