FOP responds to jaywalking arrest video
OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement on Saturday about the arrest caught on video in Over-the-Rhine that has caused a stir on social media.
The video shows the Feb. 6 arrest of Charles Harrell who posted the clip to Facebook this week.
Harrell claims that a Cincinnati police officer was following him and later confronting him and arresting him for jaywalking.
"Officer Osterman did absolutely nothing wrong," FOP President Dan Hills said. "He should be commended for staying very professional while Mr. Harrell became very belligerent."
Since the video's release online, the Cincinnati Police Department has responded by saying that they've launched an investigation into the incident and are taking a citizen complaint from Harrell.
Their complete statement below.
"We take all citizen concerns and complaints seriously. As such, the incident is under investigation by both the Internal Investigations Unit of the Cincinnati Police Department and the Citizen Complaint Authority, which provides a neutral, independent review of the incident," said Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac. "We are committed to transparency and will provide further information once we have allowed both the criminal trial and the administrative investigations to run their course."
Court documents show that Harrell was cited for possession of marijuana and jaywalking.
FOX19 NOW has reached out to Harrell for comment and we are waiting to hear back.
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