Updated 08/24/2011 05:11 PM
No criminal charges in alleged police brutality case
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse police officer involved in an alleged police brutality case will not face criminal prosecution. Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick made the announcement Tuesday.
This stems from an eyewitness video uploaded to our YNN Facebook page last month. The video shows 25-year-old Edward Jones' head being shoved into a police car by an officer who has not been identified.
The incident took place Saturday, July 30th on Park Street. Fitzpatrick says Jones was arrested that day for criminal mischief after punching a hole in his girlfriend's wall.
The DA says that during his booking, he told police he was jumped by 30 men at K-Rock-Athon and was showing visible injuries. He did not report the incident shown on the video during that interview.
The DA says his injuries aren't sufficient to qualify as a crime, but noted he the officer's actions were not consistent with training and will face punishment that will be "substantial."
"It's inexcusable. Police officers are trained to deal with people who are unruly, fowl-mouthed and intoxicated. They're not trained to shove people against their police cars. Not attempting to justify it in any way, shape or form. But it did not rise to the level of criminal conduct," said Fitzpatrick.