DASHCAM: Officer Extracts Man Who Claims Excessive Force

The officer says he thought the driver was reaching for a gun

By Calibre Press  |   May 15, 2017
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From CBS Pittsburgh:

The Beaver Countian gave KDKA’s Amy Wadas the dash cam video from the incident which took place in August of last year.  In the video, James Cicco, 34, is visibly getting attacked by a K-9 with Beaver Police (Pa.) Department.  During the traffic stop, you can see Beaver Patrolman Jeffrey Wijnen-Riems walk over to Cicco’s car, open the door and attempt to pull him out.

“The video does depict Mr. Cicco getting out of his vehicle with both hands palms out and raised and then he only retreats into his vehicle as officer releases the K-9,” Attorney for James Cicco Geraldo Benyo said.

As a result, Cicco suffered various injuries including a gash under his right armpit.  His attorney Gerald Benyo says he spent three days recovering at UPMC Presbyterian.

“This entire incident resulted over an aggressive police officer who was upset because on the way to non-emergency call Mr. Cicco didn’t get out of way fast enough,” Benyo said.

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