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Virginia police officer charged after forcing handcuffed man to ground

Posted at 10:21 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 10:21:03-04

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A police officer in Virginia has been charged with assault after authorities said he forced a handcuffed man to the ground when no force was necessary.

The Washington Post reports that the Alexandria officer was arrested Tuesday evening and faces charges of misdemeanor assault and battery.

The city of Alexandria also said that three supervisors who allegedly failed to investigate the incident “promptly enough” were disciplined.

City officials said the incident occurred in late January and involved officer Jonathan B. Griffin. He was escorting a man who had been placed into protective custody for a health evaluation.

City officials said the officer was placed on administrative leave, and a process to fire him has begun.