Commonwealth v. Correia

The Northampton, Massachusetts police, upon seeing Jonas Correia video-recording a police officer questioning three people of color on a sidewalk outside a bar, arrested and maced him and charged him with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.  Fortunately, a bystander videotaped significant parts of the event, including the macing of Mr. Correia.  That video went viral.  Although the Northampton police continued to insist that the arrest was justified and the use of mace was good police practice, upon a frame-by-frame review of the videotape, it became abundantly clear that there was no basis whatsoever for the resisting arrest charge, and after months of litigation, that charge was dismissed.  Likewise, there was no evidence of disorderly conduct, and after converting the disorderly conduct into a civil infraction, the special prosecutor for the city on the eve of trial, dismissed that charge as well.  (co-counsel: attorney Luke Ryan).


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