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US police officer charged with biting a man's testicles during a fight outside an Irish pub

A fight broke out when Corporal Michael Flaig was accused of “rubbing his buttocks” on a woman.

flaigwide Corporal Michael Flaig Source: Baltimore Police

A SENIOR POLICE officer from the suburbs of Baltimore has been charged with assault after allegedly biting a man’s testicles during a fight outside Looney’s Irish pub in the city, amid “Cinco de Mayo” celebrations on Tuesday night.

According to a police report, Corporal Michael Flaig got involved in an altercation with a member of the public who had seen his female roommate “having her buttocks rubbed by another male’s buttocks” (allegedly Flaig) on the street, in the Canton neighbourhood of the city.

Flaig, who was off-duty at the time, reportedly refused to stop, was asked again, and began arguing with the man in question, who walked off.

Charging documents allege 30-year-old Flaig and an unidentified accomplice followed the man down the street, and (unsuccessfully) tried to punch him from behind in an alleyway outside Looney’s Irish pub, where a fight broke out.

[The alleged victim], outweighing Mr Flaig, was able to able to straddle Mr Flaig near his upper body/face area.

[The alleged victim] was also being struck with a closed fist by an unknown white male while [the alleged victim] was straddled over Mr Flaig.

Mr Flaig was unable to get away from [the alleged victim], biting him with his mouth/teeth in his testicle area.

[The alleged victim], in pain after the bite, allowed Mr Flaig to get up and run off.

2900 The intersection where Tuesday night's fight happened in Baltimore Source: Google Maps

Baltimore police responded to a call just before midnight, and found Flaig in the nearby Claddagh Irish pub, sitting at the bar upstairs.

His t-shirt was bloodstained, and according to police he was slurring his words, had bloodshot eyes, and “a strong odour of alcohol coming from his person.”

Flaig, a 10-year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, in the suburbs of Baltimore, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and public intoxication.

He has been suspended and placed on paid, administrative leave. His police chief said in a statement:

These charges are disturbing and we have an obligation as police officers to conduct ourselves in a professional manner on and off-duty.

Separately, an off-duty Baltimore firefighter has been charged with assault after allegedly stabbing a member of the public during a fight in a Taco Bell carpark, north of the city.

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