Allentown Police issued a statement on Tuesday, saying the officer beating the suspect in a video circulating on social media acted appropriately.
In its statement, the Allentown Police Department said that a video had been circulated showing officers using force in an arrest that took place at 8:30 a.m. on September 20 in the 1500 block of Gordon Street. said it had received information that
The statement said police were answering calls during a theft at a convenience store. When they arrived, officers “contacted the suspect who was still actively stealing items from the store.” Officers observed that the suspect, identified as Rey Jomar Torres Garcia, 21, had a driver, and officers told the suspect they were under arrest.
According to the statement, at that point, Torres Garcia tried to pull him away from the officers. I resisted.”
According to the statement, officers “brought the defendant to the ground where he disobeyed verbal orders and continued to resist arrest.”
video, You can watch it on TikTok, which shows the officer throwing Torres Garcia to the ground and leaning on his back with his knees. Torres Garcia was taken into custody unharmed, police said, and officers were unharmed.
“A police officer will never kneel on a defendant’s neck or head,” the statement said. The use of force in this case has been reviewed and is appropriate. ”
Responding to a question about where the officer’s knee was during Torres Garcia’s arrest, Capt. Kyle P. Palmer said in an email to Wake Up Call that the officer used proper technique and that the defendant’s shoulder blade He said he put his knees in between…get control.
“His knee was never placed on the defendant’s neck or head during the encounter,” Palmer said.
Torres Garcia has been charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespassing, drug paraphernalia, and retail store theft.
“Members of the community interested in learning about the use of force policy and additional police procedures are invited to attend the Civil Police Academy in Spring 2023. Contact the Community Outreach Unit. firstname.lastname@example.org‘ said the statement.
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