BROOKLINE (CBS) — A Brookline firefighter is accused of beating a man because he was slow to order his food.
Firefighter Joseph Ward, 37, of Dorchester is on administrative leave, according to the city manager.READ MORE: Celtics-Heat Eastern Conference Finals preview: Two tough defenses against two balanced attacks
Police were called to Anna’s Taqueria on Harvard Street in Brookline at 10:45 p.m. on Sunday. The police report states outside the restaurant witnesses saw Ward throw a bottle at the man hitting him in the upper back.
The firefighter allegedly straddled the man and punched him five-to-seven times using both hands. He’s also accused of kicking the man.
The man was apparently homeless. Ward was allegedly yelling expletives at him.READ MORE: Brookline school teachers end one-day strike with new deal
A woman said she yelled stop, and Ward ran down a side street where he was arrested.
The victim was taken to the hospital for observation.
Surveillance video reportedly captured the alleged assault.MORE NEWS: New England Living: Glassblowing at The Bubble Factory
Ward has been charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.