Charge dropped against Suffolk officer indicted for allegedly filing false police report
A charge was dropped against a Suffolk officer indicted for allegedly filing false information in a police report.
The charge was against the only officer connected to an incident involving a physical altercation during Christopher Cruz's arrest a year ago.
As News 12 has reported, last year Suffolk police body camera video was captured showing Christopher Cruz's arrest.
Police say Cruz had stolen a Jeep and collided with two police cruisers while fleeing.
Cruz's attorney filed a federal lawsuit against the Suffolk County Police Department and the officers in the video alleging they violated Cruz's civil rights .
He says police in the video ganged up on Cruz and beat him, adding that his client is not doing well since the incident.
Brewington also says the Department of Justice should evaluate the case.
"We have the video here, and we know that it is relevant evidence," Brewington says. "It is substantial enough to get an indictment."
The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office says they are reviewing the court's decision.
Meantime, officer Matthew Cameron was previously brought up on a criminal charge in this case for allegedly filing a false police report. That charge has now been dropped due to insufficient evidence.
"The evidence in the grand jury was overwhelming that the individual subject resisted arrest multiple times," says Cameron's attorney, William Petrillo.
The Suffolk DA's Office said last year that a special grand jury did not find reasonable cause that the other officers involved committed a crime.
Cruz's lawyer says there was a pattern of police doing wrongful acts, using excessive force and not being held accountable.