The Latest: Officer in school beating probe was fired deputy

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Posted: Mar 04, 2016 12:20 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into video showing a Baltimore school police officer hitting and kicking a young man inside a city school (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

A Baltimore public school police officer under investigation for slapping and kicking a teenager at a school was fired by the city sheriff's department in 2003.

Court records show that Anthony Spence also was the subject of a protective order in a domestic violence case in 2011.

Spence acknowledged in a telephone conversation Friday that he's the subject of a criminal investigation into the incident captured on cellphone video Tuesday at the REACH Partnership School. He referred questions to his lawyer, Michael Davey, who didn't immediately respond to calls and emails.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Spence was one of two deputies fired after a man mistaken for a bank robber was beaten by deputies and shocked by an electric stun gun. The city paid $200,000 to settle the man's lawsuit.

(This item has been corrected to show that Spence and other deputy did not fire stun gun.)

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This story has been corrected to remove reference to Spence having beaten and shocked the man___

10:15 a.m.

A Baltimore public school police officer and the department's chief are on administrative leave and child advocates are calling for reform as authorities investigate a cellphone video showing the officer slapping and kicking a teen at a school.

City police have said they're in the early stages of a criminal investigation into the incident this week at REACH Partnership School. Officials say the acting chief for the city's school police department requested the investigation. Cellphone video shows the school police officer slapping and kicking a young man while another officer stands by.

Attorney Mike Davey tells The Baltimore Sun (http://bsun.md/1LXDj5d) that his client — the officer, Anthony C. Spence of Baltimore — thought the boy was trespassing on school grounds and questioned him. Davey said he couldn't go into specifics because of the ongoing investigation.