SPD investigating after video surfaces of altercation between officer and community member

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Syracuse Police officer is on paid leave after a cell phone video surfaced appearing to show the officer shoving a man in the face.

According to police, the officers were called to Upper Onondaga Park following a suspicious person complaint.

Not far from there, a group of men was questioned by police as they matched the description of the complaint.

The video shows a member of the Syracuse Police Department face-to-face with another man, and they are exchanging words before the police officer shoves the man in the face.

Facebook video showing altercation between Syracuse Police officer and a community member:

In the video, you can hear the officer saying “say it to my face” to a man who has not been identified.

The person who posted the video wrote: “This is the results of me trying to make sure these kids got home safe.”

This is only a 20 second video and Syracuse Police have yet to give details of what happened before and after.

Police did say that the man who was shoved by the officer was not arrested.

They also said another man in the group was charged with obstruction of governmental administration. This was due to the man trying to stop an officer from towing his car.

In a Facebook post, Syracuse Police say they have seen the video and have launched an investigation into the incident. 


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