- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police have cleared an officer caught on video with his knee in a man’s back pinning him to the ground.

Commissioner William Evans said Tuesday that Officer Edward Barrett will undergo counseling but will not be punished for the confrontation with a pedestrian in the Back Bay in May.

Evans said contrary to what one witness said, Barrett did not force the man to the ground. Other witnesses say the man, identified as Milton Gurin, tripped and fell.

Evans said Barrett did not use excessive force.

The confrontation occurred when Barrett, who was not in uniform, was driving his personal vehicle and Gurin struck his driver’s side window with an umbrella as he tried to walk cross the street.

Gurin’s lawyer called Evans’ decision “worrisome.” Gurin was not charged.

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