NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say Northampton police were correct to arrest a man on disorderly conduct charges but have dropped a charge and reduced another to a misdemeanor.
Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said Thursday that police were right to arrest Jonas Correia for disorderly conduct in late March. His arrest was captured on videotape and posted on YouTube.
Sullivan said police used no more force than was necessary to arrest the 26-year-old Correia.
He is dropping a charge of resisting arrest and treating a disorderly conduct charge as a civil infraction similar to a speeding ticket.
William Newman, director of the Western Massachusetts office of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, hailed the decision. He says the criminal charges were unwarranted.