A Philadelphia police officer was charged Tuesday with assault in connection with a scrap he got into with a Dunkin' Donuts employee who accidentally hit his car with a shopping cart last winter.

Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has suspended Officer Joseph Marion for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.

Police said the incident happened on Feb. 14 outside the Dunkin' Donuts on 1630 E. Wadsworth St. in Cedarbrook. An employee there was using a shopping cart to salt the store's parking lot, and accidentally lost control of the cart, police said, hitting Marion's car.

Marion, who was off-duty, climbed out of the car and started to "assault" the man, police said - and then assaulted a woman who tried to intervene.

Marion, a four-year veteran of the force, has been charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.


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