Maryland cop punished for taking disturbing video of Delonte West in handcuffs

A Maryland police officer was suspended on Tuesday for filming a video showing former NBA player Delonte West handcuffed and in rough shape after an alleged altercation that went viral on social media, according to the Associated Press.

A pair of videos circulated on social media on Monday, one of which showed West being attacked in the middle of a Washington, D.C.-area road. Another showed him shirtless in handcuffs talking to police, where he accused the attacker of pulling a gun on him.

Both videos contain disturbing images and graphic language.

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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West (13) talks to head coach Rick Carlisle during a break in play against the Phoenix Suns in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Dallas. The Mavericks suspended West Thursday, Oct. 25, for unspecified conduct detrimental to the team, his second such ban in the past 10 days. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
Delonte West, de los Mavericks de Dallas, supera la defensa de Heiko Schaffartzik, del Alba Berlín, durante su juego de exhibición, el sábado 6 de octubre de 2012, en Berlín. (Foto AP/Markus Schreiber)
From left to right, Dallas Mavericks' Jason Terry, and Delonte West (13) celebrate a buzzer-beating three-point basket by West to end the third quarter as teammate Shawn Marion (0) looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 20, 2012, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 104-94. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Dallas Mavericks' Delonte West (13) goes up for a shot against Golden State Warriors' Dorell Wright, left, and Jeremy Tyler (3) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, April 20, 2012, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 104-94. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West (13) is fouled by Portland trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews (2) during an NBA basketball game, Friday April 6, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
Dallas Mavericks' Delonte West (13) goes up for a shot against Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert left, as Pacers' Danny Granger (33) looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Frisco, TX- April 1: Texas Legends basketball player Delonte West on the court during a solo pre-game workout at the Dr. Pepper Arena on April 1, 2015 in Frisco, Texas. West is currently on the disabled list with the Frisco, Texas D-League team Texas Legends. He has a wrist injury on his left hand. West has had an interesting career path in the NBA and hopes to again play on an NBA team. (Photo by Michael Mulvey for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Frisco, TX- April 1: Texas Legends basketball player Delonte West with his wife Caressa and son Cash pose for a photo at the Dr. Pepper Arena on April 1, 2015 in Frisco, Texas. West is currently on the disabled list with the Frisco, Texas D-League team Texas Legends. He has a wrist injury on his left hand. West has had an interesting career path in the NBA and hopes to again play on an NBA team. (Photo by Michael Mulvey for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 28: (CHINA OUT) NBA player Delonte Maurice West attends activity of Shanghai Men's Basketball Team on October 28, 2014 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
QUANZHOU, CHINA - OCTOBER 18: (CHINA OUT) Delonte West of Fujian reacts during a training session for CBA 13/14 game on October 18, 2013 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez (15) tries to defend as Dallas Mavericks Delonte West (13) goes up for a shot at American Airlines Center Monday October 22, 2012, in Dallas, Texas. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Boston Celtics NBA draft picks Delonte West, center, and Tony Allen react to a joke told by Danny Ainge, left, executive director of basketball operations for the team, during a news conference at the Celtics' training facility in Waltham, Mass., Friday, June 25, 2004. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
** FILE ** Saint Joseph's Delonte West drives up court during the first half of an NCAA tournament game against Liberty, March 18, 2004, in Buffalo, N.Y. West decided Thursday, June 17, 2004, to stay in the NBA draft, giving up his senior season with the Saint Joseph's. It was a surprising move, considering West isn't projected as a first-round pick. Only first-round picks are guaranteed contracts in the NBA. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)
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According to the Associated Press, Prince George’s County Police confirmed that the man in the videos was West, and that one of their officers recorded the second video of him in handcuffs. That officer was suspended Tuesday after an investigation.

Police said that they responded to a call about a fight near the MGM National Harbor casino right on the border of Washington, D.C. and Maryland. They saw West bleeding from the face upon arrival, per the report, and “made the decision to handcuff” him.

West, police said, knew the man who attacked him and said that they had argued that morning. He refused medical treatment and declined to press charges.

West, who played in the league for eight seasons from 2004-2012, has struggled both during the backend of his career and since it ended. He revealed that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, and pled guilty to two weapons charges in 2010. He has been involved in several incidents since, too, including one in 2016 where he was reportedly seen in a Houston-area Jack in the Box in rough shape.

The videos sparked widespread reaction from both athletes and sports fans, including from former teammate Jameer Nelson, West’s college coach Phil Martelli and even former NFL wide receiver Dez Bryant — all of whom were looking to get West help

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