SALISBURY, Maryland — The Salisbury Police Department has released bodycam footage from an arrest in which an officer put his hand on an 18-year-old man’s throat during a scuffle on Tuesday.
The Salisbury Police Department says the video clears their officer of any wrongdoing.
Officers were called in the area near Church Street Tuesday evening about a group of kids destroying property, littering and trespassing.
The officers did not find any damaged property but did find litter, reports said.
In the moments leading up to the altercation, Duncan said officers found a sweatshirt on a nearby fencepost. As they went to search it, the group allegedly approached.
The officers gave the sweatshirt to its owner and told the group to leave. Some of the people did not, which led the man in the video to be arrested for disorderly conduct, police said.
Video shows the officer leading the man to the squad car. When he turns, a scuffle breaks out, during which the officer put his hand on the man’s throat.
18-year-old Camren Colon who is black, Puerto Rican and white was arrested for disorderly conduct.
But the man’s family claims different. They say he was assaulted by the officer after he was placed in handcuffs and are looking to press charges against the officer.
Chief Barbara Duncan addressed the event in question and said physical intervention is used only when necessary and the officer’s actions did not break department protocol.
“At no time was my officer attempting to execute a neck restraint, a chokehold or restrict airflow,” she said.