Criminal charges may continue against former Philadelphia officer who spray-painted protesters on Vine Street Expressway-CBS Philly | MCU Times

Criminal charges may continue against former Philadelphia officer who spray-painted protesters on Vine Street Expressway-CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A judge on Tuesday allowed criminal charges against a former Philadelphia SWAT officer. Richard Nicoletti was caught on video pepper-spraying protesters during a protest following the murder of George Floyd.

Nicoletti used the pepper spray in June last year to clear the protesters from the Vine Street Expressway.

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The Philadelphia Police Department then fired Nicoletti.

In the spring, a municipal judge dismissed the case against Nicoletti. But District Attorney Larry Krasner filed charges, including ruthless danger to another person and assault.

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On Tuesday, Krasner said in a statement: “I am grateful today that a Common Pleas judge watched the same video that millions of us watched last summer and agreed that this issue should be pursued and resolved in court.”

Krasner’s full statement is below:

“Today, a Common Pleas judge helped ensure that my office is able to apply uniform and equal responsibility to people who illegally inflict harm on others – regardless of their title, status or official position in Philadelphia City. “We will continue to prosecute former PPD officer Richard Nicoletti, whose actions on June 1, 2020 on I-676 were captured on video and widely shared and seen by Americans and people around the world,” Krasner said in a statement.

“Speaking broadly, public confidence in the institutions is eroded when people are told by strong, largely erratic figures that something they have seen with their own eyes did not actually occur, or is only a problem, if only certain people are the doers. The largest and most persistent mass protests against racial and social injustice in American history took place last year because the people who saw the torture murder of George Floyd, captured on camera, exercised their constitutionally protected right to protest when they were once again asked not to trust their lying eyes.

“I am grateful today that a Common Pleas judge watched the same video that millions of us watched last summer and agreed that this issue should be pursued and resolved in a court of law.”

Philadelphia FOP president John McNesby also weighed in on the ruling.

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“Once again, it must be time for re-election for DA Larry Krasner, as he continues to issue press releases on the filing of criminal charges against police officers in Philadelphia. Krasner refuses to hold dozens of illegal protesters accountable, those who set fire to and looted our large city. This double standard of justice is unacceptable. We will continue to provide an appropriate defense to Officer Nicoletti as this case progresses, ”McNesby said in a statement.

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