ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Two St. Louis City police officers were charged Wednesday with hitting teenage suspects during two separate arrests over the past few months.
David Wilson, 28, and Rory Bruce, 35, were both charged with third-degree assault.
Police said the first incident happened on January 8 when Wilson, 28, took a 16-year-old suspect into custody.
According to reports, the teen was arrested for delinquency felony charges. After taking him into custody, Wilson placed him in the back of a police cruiser. Authorities said Wilson then punched the suspect once in the head while he was still handcuffed with his hands behind his back.
Investigators reviewed video and audio recordings from the police vehicle and obtained enough evidence to charge Wilson.
Police said Wilson has been placed on administrative leave.
In a separate incident, a former St. Louis police officer was charged with punching a 16-year-old suspect in the head after bringing him into custody in late February.
According to the probable cause statement, Bruce and another officer brought the suspect into custody on February 20 around 1:15 a.m. for delinquent felony charges.
Police said the officers handcuffed the suspect behind his back and walked him to the rear of the police cruiser.
According to documents, Bruce then punched the suspect in the face as he stood by the police vehicle.
A spokesperson with the St. Louis Police Department said Bruce, who had been on the force less than a year, was fired on March 28.
Watch the video below to hear St. Louis PD Chief Don Isom’s statement on the charges.