UPD PBA Seeking Legal Action Against Utica Phoenix
Utica, NY (WIBX) - Although no official paper work has been filed, according to sources at the Utica Police Department, the Police Benevolent Association is preparing to take legal action against the Utica Phoenix, after the weekly newspaper released an edited version of a police dash-cam video, that seems to show an officer planting drug evidence during a traffic stop. The video has since gone viral, making headline news across the country and generating comments calling for retribution of the officers. However, UPD officials say the video was taken out of context and released the entire footage, which shows the officers–who according to UPD spokesman, Sgt. Steve Hauck, were also wrongly named in the article–removing the drug evidence in question from one of the suspect’s pocket.
PBA President, Sgt. Dominick Nitti, confirmed the union’s plans to take legal action against the paper in an interview with WKTV, a local television station. So far, calls to Nitti have not been returned.