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It began when Newburgh Heights Officer Sarah Bittner questioned two men who had been arguing outside a bar on Harvard Avenue.

The younger man took offense because the officer had a Taser in her hand, which she did not use.

He repeatedly asks “why was you gonna taze me” and refused her orders. Before long officer Rob Viverka, who was going off duty at the time arrives, and takes matters into his own hands.

The man was eventually cuffed, and put into the police car. But the body cam video shows something else.

Another Newburgh officer had been across the street monitoring one of the Village’s speed cameras the whole time. He came across the street, but didn’t join in the frey, didn’t help the officer struggling to cuff the man. After it was over, he apologizes saying he wasn’t properly trained.

Officer Bittner reassures him saying “you did the right thing. You did and you did the right thing all right. I will talk to Ed about getting all you guys fixed up on the radios.”


Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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Video and Tweet Courtesy of Twitter and WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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