Three Redmond Police officers seen arresting people in online videos will not be charged with crimes, the Deschutes County district attorney announced Thursday.
Online commenters criticized officers Joshua Powers, Bryan Holman and Bob Duff for excessive force and unprofessionalism. But in a statement, District Attorney John Hummel, who reviewed online and officer-worn camera footage, called the arrests “lawful.”
“The force used to make the arrests was appropriate given the circumstances,” he wrote.
The incident seen in videos shared more than a 1,000 times on Facebook followed an alleged DUI hit-and-run arrest of a man not in the video.
About 5 p.m. June 29, police were called to a report of an impaired driver nearly hitting a child and hitting a fence and another vehicle near Elton Gregory Middle School. The officers tested the driver, Brett Blake, 39, and ultimately arrested him for DUI.
As this was happening, a parent of the child allegedly nearly struck by Blake got into an argument with four relatives and friends of Blake. According to police, the four approached officers near the scene in northwest Redmond.
Police attempted to arrest one of the four, and a “physical dispute” broke out, according to Redmond Police.
Arrestees are seen in videos swearing at the officers, who do the same.
“Put your f-----g hands behind your back,” one officer tells a woman before the video cuts out.
Though the officers were cleared, four Redmond residents face charges. They are Cash Reese, 18, charged with second-degree interfering with a police officer; Kameron Leisek, 19, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest; Lorance Ortega, 19, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer; and Blake, charged with driving under the influence, hit and run, reckless driving and two counts of reckless endangering.
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