A man at the center of controversy after posting a video of his arrest in Over-The-Rhine has now been accused of posting photos on his Facebook page of officers inside the courtroom, which is illegal. (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/Mike Schell)
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A man at the center of controversy after posting a video of his arrest in Over-The-Rhine has now been accused of posting photos on his Facebook page of officers inside the courtroom, which is illegal.
Charles Harrell posted a $500 bond Thursday and was released from the Hamilton County Justice Center.
In an unrelated incident, Harrell filmed his arrested that was caught on video in Over-The-Rhine on Feb. 6. He claims that Cincinnati police officer Baron Osterman was following him and later confronting him before arresting him for jaywalking.
He told his side of the story in an interview with FOX19 NOW.
"He waited for me to come out the store," said Harrell. "He rode past the store first, seen me at the cappuccino table mixing my cappuccino up and then he came through the alley, came back around, waited for me to come out. He just waited. And soon as I was walking past, me and a partner of mine were walking past. He came out and started following us.”
Harrell videotape the confrontation on his personal cell phone.
"I was on my way to a work meeting actually because I do demolition. I get demolition contracts downtown. I was on my way to a work meeting," said Harrell. “I see him all the time. When I got my hard hat on my work uniform on he don't bother me. He speaks to me, ‘how you doing?’ But when I'm dressed (in casual clothes) it’s a problem."
Harrell faces several charges including resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.
Cincinnati Police FOP president, Sergeant Dan Hills tells FOX19 Now that Officer Osterman did absolutely nothing wrong and should be commended for staying professional while Harrell became belligerent.
CPD is conducting an internal investigation along with the Cincinnati Citizen Complaint Authority.