Calling it “a good example of why it is critically important that a full investigation is done before conclusions” are drawn, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters Tuesday that numerous witness reports contradict claims that an off-duty officer used excessive force in an online video that went viral earlier this year.
The incident happened near the Arlington MBTA station on May 24, when the officer was driving his personal vehicle and heard a pedestrian tap his back window with an umbrella.
Believing his window to be broken, Evans said, the officer gave chase after what he thought was a potential felony arrest. It turns out the window was only smudged.
At the time, witness Stephen Harlowe uploaded the video to his Facebook account, where it’s since been viewed nearly 1.5 million times.