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Police inspector smashes protester’s head with metal baton in ‘potentially lethal’ strike as he faces assault charges

A POLICE inspector will face assault charges after he was caught on camera smashing a protester's head with a metal baton in "potentially lethal" strike.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office announced the charges against Joseph Bologna on Friday.

The news comes after a video went viral that showed officer Bologna hitting a protester in the head with a baton.

The victim was identified as 21-year-old Evan Gorski, CBS reported.

The Temple University student suffered "serious bodily injury, including a large head wound that required treatment in a hospital while under arrest, including approximately 10 spales and approximately 10 sutures," according to a statement from District Attorney Larry Krasner, obtained by a Washington Post reporter.

Despite being arrested and detained for more than 24 hours, Krasner did not charge the student.

"Instead, Inspector Bologna will face prosecution for his role in the incident," the statement read.

Bologna will face charges for two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person, according to the document.

"We are trying to be fair. Accountability has to be equal. This moment demands a swift and evenhanded response to violent and criminal acts based on the facts and evidence," District Attorney Krasner said.

"Americans are taking to the streets to demand a remaking of political, economic, and legal systems that serve the powerful at the expense of citizens' health, welfare and lives.

"There can be no safety or peace without justice. My office will continue to hold people who cause harm to others equally accountable."

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