Police officer charged with lying about off-duty fight

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer has been indicted on a charge that he lied to his superiors about an off-duty fight with the father of his girlfriend's child.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office charged Officer Troy Anthony with misconduct, making a false statement to a law enforcement officer and second-degree assault, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Anthony self-reported the fight and told one of his supervisors that he acted in self-defense after the other man punched him during an argument over custody of the child last May in a hospital parking lot, according to prosecutors.

But he allegedly lied about the other man being the aggressor. Hospital surveillance cameras showed the officer swing his fist and narrowly miss the other man before being pulled back, prosecutors say. Neither man landed any punches.

“He was a public official, acting in his official capacity as he was being paid at the time, and corruptly did the unlawful act of making a false statement to a Baltimore City Police Sergeant,” prosecutors wrote in the indictment.

The Sun said online court records did not list an attorney for Anthony.