LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Following a months-long internal investigation of the actions of a volunteer auxiliary police officer in Towson that were caught on tape, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson has announced that the officer will not return to patrol duties.
Matthew S. Betz, 44, has volunteered with the department for 22 years. He will be permitted to continue administrative duties, but his arrest powers have been suspended.
The investigation was sparked by a crowd disturbance in the 400 block of York Road at about 1:45 a.m. Feb. 23, during which two women were arrested on charges of resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, second-degree assault and drug charges.
Betz was assisting on-duty Baltimore County officers when he confronted a college student who was filming the incident. The internal investigation found that the he behaved inappropriately during the encounter.
“The language he used was incorrect, unnecessary and not helpful in bringing the incident to closure,” Chief Johnson said in a statement.
The video actually shows multiple officers approaching the student aggressively, commanding him to leave the scene and demanding that he stop taping the incident. One threatened him with arrest.
You can watch the video here. It is not immediately clear which of the officers who approaches the student is Betz. (Warning: The video contains language that may be offensive to some viewers.)