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Disturbing moment white police sergeant is filmed intentionally coughing on black residents in Baltimore as 115 officers are quarantined for coronavirus

A disturbing Instagram video has emerged showing a white Baltimore police sergeant coughing toward black residents at a public housing project, sparking widespread outrage and leading to an internal investigation.
The profanity-laced video, which has been viewed more than 205,000 times as of Wednesday morning, shows the sergeant coughing without covering his mouth as he passes the woman recording it and at least two other people living at Perkins Homes in Southeast Baltimore.
'Ya'll get that s***, black people don't,' the woman yells at the passing sergeant, referring to the novel coronavirus. 'Cough your white a** back where you live at.'






As the officer continues intentionally coughing while walking past residents, the woman yells out: 'n*****s don't get that s***. They the ones who get that s***. You need an extra layer of skin.'
The woman calls out after the departing sergeant: 'come here coughing like that s*** is cute. I should call the CDC on his a** and let them know he did some dirty a** s***.'
She then adds: 'you ain’t going to infect nobody but your coworkers.'
As of Tuesday, a dozen Baltimore police officers have tested positive for COVID-19 and 115 others were in self-quarantine as a precaution.   
'After watching the full video, it its entirety, it is not only disturbing, but incomprehensible, especially considering the high-level of strong and clear guidance that we have provided from the beginning, regarding COVID-19,' Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in a statement. 
'Members are always expected to be sensitive and professional to the community, but what we saw in the video is alarming because this pandemic is affecting lives not only nationally, worldwide, but right here in our own police department.'
The department’s bureau of public integrity is conducting the investigation and has reviewed the video and footage from the camera worn by the sergeant.
The video surfaced a day after a Baltimore police station reopened after it was sanitized because an officer tested positive for the new coronavirus, with more than 90 officers there cleared to return to work.
The Southwest District station and all of its cars were sanitized over the weekend after police learned that one of their own was infected. 
The department tested all Southwest District employees and had them isolate pending results. 
Kobi Little, president of the NAACP Baltimore City Branch, released a statement calling on Police Chief Harrison to condemn the sergeant's actions and to convey to both the force and the public that the department has zero tolerance policy for misconduct during this health crisis. 
'This officer must immediately be pulled from contact with the public and subsequently held accountable for his actions,' Little wrote. 
He added: 'this incident is emblematic of the Force's failure to respect and build trust with the people of Baltimore. It is hard to justify budget increases and spy planes when the police fail to engage the public with dignity and often are themselves a danger to the public.'  
There is no nationwide data available on COVID-19 cases by race, but a pattern of over-representation by black Americans has emerged in states or jurisdictions that are sharing the numbers.
Sixty-eight per cent of coronavirus deaths in Chicago have been among African Americans, who make up just 30 per cent of the city's population.
'Those numbers take your breath away,' the city's mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday at a coronavirus briefing. 'This is a call to action for all of us.'
The trend is repeated in North Carolina, Louisiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and the capital Washington. Maryland has not released data concerning the race of its coronavirus patients. 
A civil rights group wrote this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, calling on him to 'release daily racial and ethnic demographic data related to COVID-19 testing, disease burden and patient outcomes.' 

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