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Police Officer Charged with Assault in Garrett County

Officials with the Frederick Police Department say one of their officers has been charged with assault.
FREDERICK, Md.  - Officials with the Frederick Police Department said one of their officers has been charged with second degree assault.

According to the Frederick Police Department, Officer Benjamin Whitmore was charged with second-degree assault Tuesday and was released after an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

The department did not release specific details regarding the incident, but said Officer Whitmore's police powers have been suspended, and he has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation being conducted by the Garrett County Sheriff's Office, as well as a separate internal investigation by the Frederick Police Department.

Officer Whitmore has been with the Frederick Police Department for five years.
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