Mayor of Anderson announces city to move forward with police body camera program
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ANDERSON – Mayor Thomas Broderick d’Anderson announced Thursday that the city will move forward with the purchase of body and on-board cameras for the police.
Broderick opened the press conference by saying that city officials issued a statement regarding George Floyd. He said the city believed Floyd’s rights had been violated and excessive force was unacceptable.
The conference took place following a video showing Officer Brandon Reynolds wrapping his arm around The neck of 21-year-old Spencer Nice as Officer Ashley Gravely handcuffs him.
According to court documents obtained Thursday, Nice was being questioned by officers over sounds that resembled gunfire in the area. Police said he attempted to avoid questioning, which resulted in the two officers attempting to physically restrain him, which ultimately resulted in what Constable Reynolds called a “balance shift.” .
The mayor said officials were troubled by the video of the arrest. He said it looked like it might be overkill, and they immediately took action to take action.
“He is seen putting his arm around the individual’s neck and pulling him restrictively to his feet and down to the ground in order to complete his arrest,” Broderick said.
Anderson Police Chief Jake Brown said he was “disturbed” when he first saw the video. But he says strangling is not often used and that there are other methods that can be used to restrain an arrested person.
“I would say very rarely. We have other resources and tools at our disposal, whether it’s OC spray, tasers, depending on what’s going on there are a lot of variables on a broad assumption, ”Brown said.
Officers who have been in the force for at least five years have been placed on paid administrative leave, and Broderick said the investigation is expected to be concluded within the next few days.
“When it is finished, it will go up the chain of command to the chief who will review it and he will make his recommendations as to any discipline that would be desired and which would most likely be presented to the security council and then to the security council will take the final decision, ”said Broderick.
Under Indiana state law, neither the mayor nor the chief is authorized to remove or dismiss an officer.
“We have done everything we can legally do at this point and at that time. In the meantime, we are carrying out other actions within our department, within our city, ”said Broderick. “We stand behind our police .. we also recognize that people can make mistakes.”
He said the city will take swift action if the rights of the public are violated. The mayor added that they had previously looked at body and vehicle cameras, but officials were distracted by COVID-19.
Based on discussions with Anderson police, the mayor said the decision was a win-win and most officers agreed.
“We think our officers would promote the use of body cameras,” Broderick said.
The mayor explained that body cameras allow officers to collect evidence and be transparent to the public, and protect officers from false allegations of misconduct.
“We will continue to do everything in our power to build and sustain public trust,” said Broderick.
Spencer Nice’s family say they want the officers to be fired. And Spencer never knew why he was arrested until he was released Sunday morning. They demand the abandonment of the charges of resistance to the police against Nice.
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