A police officer in Anchorage, Alaska was charged with assault on October 11th, 2019 after he kicked and punched a bicyclist cited for violation as per court documents.
32-year old officer Cornelius Aaron Pettus faces double counts of fourth degree assault. He is on paid administrative leave until an internal investigation states otherwise as per Anchorage Police Department.
Third APD Officer Charged with Criminal Behavior
Pettus is the third Anchorage officer to be charged with criminal assault in the last three months. Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll wrote in a statement that APD was absolutely non-tolerant to police misconduct and that the department will ensure that high standards as expected of the community are maintained at all times.
Patrol Car Camera Footage Shows Pettus Kicking the Man Unprovoked
Pettus called a bicyclist in the Fairview neighborhood to stop on the night of September 30th, 2019 since he was without lights or reflectors. According to the charging document in the case the man cursed Pettus and did not stop.
Pettus drove past him at that time but later knocked at the man’s house with another police officer to leave biking-related citations. The man followed the officers and taunted them as they were heading back to the patrol cars when Pettus snatched the phone from the man’s hand for “evidence”.
The patrol car camera shows Pettus punching the man in the jaw and then kicking him – the same man who was taunting the police officer disrespecting a police officer and the public who employs him. The other officer kept looking on without a change in his expression. At some point, the footage records Pettus using a pepper spray on the man after which he put the handcuffs on him.
The man was arrested that night on charges of assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
Police Misconduct Can Come in Many Forms in Alaska
Police abuse, brutality, and misconduct can take a number of forms. In some cases, the victim may not even be aware that they have suffered at the hands of an aggressive or overzealous officer. However, police brutality lawyers are aware of the system and the laws that protect the rights of individual citizens.
Each police misconduct lawsuit is unique which makes it necessary to retain the services of an experienced police brutality attorney. It is important to objectively understand individual cases.
Some of the more common types of police misconduct or abuse are wrongful shooting, wrongful death by police, suffocation due to restraints, hog-tying, use of spit hoods, choke hold, suffocation, and unnecessary use of chemical spray, pepper spray, batons, stun guns, beanbag guns, or any other less lethal weapon.