Baltimore County auxiliary police officer removed from field duty after incident on camera

TOWSON, Md. - A Baltimore County auxiliary officer has been stripped of his arrest powers and has been suspended from patrol duty, following an incident in Towson that was caught on camera, the department announced Friday.

Matthew Betz, 44, has been a volunteer officer with the department for 22 years, the release states.


“The investigation by the Internal Affairs Division involved a crowd disturbance in the 400 block of York Road at about 1:45 a.m. in which two women were arrested on charges of resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, second-degree assault and drug charges,” according to the release. “The auxiliary officer was assisting on-duty BCoPD officers when he became involved with a college student who was filming the incident.”

“The language he used was incorrect,  unnecessary and not helpful in bringing the incident to closure,” Police Chief Jim Johnson said, in a statement.

Betz will still be allowed to do administrative work for the department.

On Feb. 23, officer in Towson were attempting to diffuse an altercation between a man and a woman in Towson on York Road, near Torrent Lounge. 

UMBC student Sergio Gutierrez caught the incident on his cell phone. Betz is scene on the video cursing Gutierrez and threatening to arrest him. 

WARNING: Video contains strong language:

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