Fairfax County Police Officer Tyler Timberlake is accused of three different charges of assault and battery charges for an incident involving the assault and arrest of a black man.
The body’s footage from the department shows that the agent violated force policies, authorities said on Saturday.
Timberlake, an eight-year veteran of the force, faces up to 36 months in prison, said Steve T. Descano, Fairfax County Commonwealth Prosecutor.
The unidentified victim in the video was treated in a local hospital and released, Fairfax County Police Chief Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr. said, adding that he personally contacted the victim and his mother to “express [his] disgust with [his] the unacceptable criminal actions of the officer and the guarantee of his justice will be served “.
Roessler said Timberlake was relieved of his duty and the police authorities in accordance with Fairfax county staff regulations. The other agents on the scene were also relieved of duty pending the results of criminal and administrative investigations, according to Roessler.
CNN’s attempts to reach Timberlake were not immediately successful.
Descano called the video of the body camera “disturbing. “I want our community to know that we are pursuing allegations that are in line with current law and supported by the evidence with which we have been presented,” he said.
The video of the body camera was released by Chief Roessler, who says the video shows Agent Timberlake committing “criminal acts, which violate our oath of office, and ignore the sanctity of human life.” The video also erodes public confidence in police officers, not only in Fairfax County, but around the world. “
Roessler also said that, in addition to the criminal investigation, he has initiated an administrative investigation and the use of force by the officer will be independently reviewed by the Fairfax County Police Auditor.