A newly-released motel surveillance video reportedly shows Officer Kevin Novackowski kick Eric Conahan in the head and stand on Conahan’s throat in 2017 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Sherrielee Conahan told the Times Leader that she witnessed her husband’s arrest and tried to obtain a copy of the motel’s video, which the police grabbed first:
The cops came and took all copies of the video because they knew they did wrong.
Conahan was targeted because he was parked in a “high drug, crime and prostitution area” and looked “suspicious,” according to the police report.
Conahan allegedly fought with the officers during his arrest and was subdued by two Taser electrocutions and Novackowski’s boot.
K9 Officer Joseph Homza charged Conahan with resisting arrest, obstruction of the administration of law, disorderly conduct and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.
Conahan pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and on Nov. 17, 2017, was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
Novackowski has been cleared by two internal investigations and supported by the Wilkes-Barre Police Benevolent Association, notes the Times Leader.
Novackowski’s actions were discovered during an arbitration hearing over Officer Marc Labar’s suspension for use of force on a detained woman in an unrelated case.
(Source: Times Leader)