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Filmed by an attorney, who makes it clear to the cops not to F#*$ with her.

Apparently, all he did was take out his phone to start recording the police. He did not appear to fight back, did not appear to resist, but was pepper-sprayed and slammed onto the ground and arrested.

Northampton police declined to comment about the video that alleges police misconduct during a Sunday morning arrest.

The video shows officers placing Jonas Corriea, 26, of 12A Longmeadow Drive, Amherst, under arrest in downtown Northampton on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

According to court papers, at about 1:35 a.m. Corriea was on the sidewalk outside Tully O’Reilly’s Pub and was yelling at bar staff and, according to reports from two officers, raised his fist and took a “fighting stance” toward the staff person, prompting police to intervene.

According to police, an officer grabbed Corriea’s wrist to prevent him from striking the staff person. Corriea allegedly pulled away and a second officer saw the confrontation and sprayed Corriea in the face with pepper spray.

According to Corriea, the video strongly suggests otherwise, with Corriea allegedly only filming the event and making no such threatening advances.

In the video, two officers can also be seen bringing Corriea to the ground and placing him in restraints after the blast of pepper spray.

Capt. Scott Savino said the department had no comment on the video or police response to the incident. The video was posted anonymously under the name “tired ofit.”

Police had been called to the bar that morning to assist with the removal of Modesto Melendez, 22, of Holyoke, a patron who had allegedly refused to leave the bar when asked by staff and punched a bar employee in the neck, according to court records.

Melendez was arrested on charges of assault and battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to police.


Added: Apr-2-2013 Occurred On: Mar-31-2013
By: Aussie
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Location: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States (load item map)
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