Philadelphia PA - Video: Philly Cop Chokes Corrections Officer
- Video: Philly Cop Chokes Corrections Officer
Updated: Thursday, 29 Mar 2012, 5:22 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 29 Mar 2012, 5:06 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA - Only on Fox: a controversial arrest is caught on tape when a Philadelphia police officer chokes an off-duty corrections officer in public who was legally carrying a gun.
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The corrections officer says he was out for lunch with his dad when he was approached by cops, choked by a sergeant and handcuffed.
The incident was all over a gun the corrections officer was carrying legally with a permit.
It is now under investigation by police and corrections officials.
Video shows the scene inside Freddy and Tony's Restaurant on West Allegheny on Sunday afternoon when a police sergeant put a two-hand choke hold on the neck of 27-year-old Joshua Arroyo.
The choke-hold incident was touched off when officers arrived at the crowded, popular restaurant looking for a man with a gun.
The man turned out to be Arroyo, seen in the video patiently waiting for his lunch with his father, who is also a veteran corrections officer.
Arroyo's lawyer says when police ask to see his holstered gun, Arroyo showed them the weapon, his badge and a license to carry the weapon.
Police took the gun and then the sergeant asked him to step to the front to continue the conversation. When Arroyo tried to go back to the table, the scuffle broke out.
Arroyo was taken from the restaurant to a hospital complaining of injuries.
He was charged with recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct for using obscene language. There were no gun charges filed.
"He provided the appropriate permit to carry a weapon. Showed, identified himself as a corrections officer and then the tape speaks for itself," says his lawyer.
Police won't comment on the incident because internal affairs is investigating.
Two witnesses told Fox 29 news Arroyo did nothing wrong.
Police sources say it was only when Arroyo went to retrieve his gun at the table that the sergeant stepped in, used the choke hold and placed Arroyo under arrest.
Arroyo was not available for an interview. Corrections officials say Arroyo reported the incident to his superiors immediately and remains on the job.
Police returned Arroyo's weapon and the bullets. He was released without bail. Officers did file use of force reports on the incident.