Conflicting testimony marks assault trial of city police officer

Rawlins accused of using excessive force in July arrest

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore, Md -- The trial of Officer Clyde Rawlins Jr. centered on several issues yesterday, including whether Rawlins pulled a clump of hair from the man he is accused of assaulting and whether obscenities shouted by the man caused a crowd to gather on Argyle Avenue in July.

The answers varied depending on who was asked.

Rawlins, 25, is on trial on charges of assault, perjury and misconduct in office. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for up to 20 years, said Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Ritter, who is prosecuting the case. Because misconduct in office is a common-law offense, there is no statutory penalty.

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