- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A northwestern Pennsylvania police officer has been charged with kicking a suspect in the face after an arrest earlier this month.

The Erie Times-News (https://bit.ly/2dAA0cp ) reports that 35-year-old Erie patrolman Justin Griffith was charged Tuesday with a second-degree misdemeanor count of simple assault.

Police were called to an apartment Oct. 10 following reports of a domestic incident involving weapons. A man was handcuffed, and authorities allege that he began spitting at officers while saying he had AIDS.

The criminal complaint filed by Lt. Jon Peters alleges that Griffith then walked up and kicked the suspect in the face “like he was kicking a ball.”

Mayor Joe Sinnott commended officers who reported the events.

Griffith, who was placed on administrative leave, declined comment; court documents don’t list an attorney representing him.


Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com

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