source: The Baltimore Sun
published: 18 November 2016
A Judge sentenced a Baltimore police officer Friday to 12 years in prison for shooting an unarmed burglary suspect, citing irreparable harm to the victim and the community’s trust in police.
Circuit Judge Wanda Keyes Heard said Wesley Cagle, 47, committed “an egregious violation” and failed to “serve and protect” when he shot Michael Johansen in December 2014.
Cagle, a 15-year-veteran of the force, was convicted in August of first-degree assault and a handgun charge for shooting Johansen in the groin as he lay in the doorway of an East Baltimore corner store after two other officers had already shot him.
Johansen testified that Cagle stood over him and called him a “piece of [expletive]” before shooting him.
Heard spoke of the comment during the sentencing, describing how Cagle did not refer to Johansen as a citizen as he lay on the ground, but “something that might be stuck on a person’s shoe.” She also pointed out that Johansen lost a large stretch of his intestines and part of his kidney as a result of the shooting.