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Internal Affairs Report Said Harrington Officers' Conduct Was Appropriate in February Arrest

Posted: Jun 21, 2018 7:14 PM Updated:

DOVER, Del.- An internal affairs report on a February arrest in which a Harrington police officer  was seen striking a man in the head multiple times said officers' conduct during that arrest was appropriate, according to the city's police chief.

Harrington Police Chief Norman Barlow said on Thursday the review conducted by the Wilmington Police Department found officers arresting Jermaine Newcomb, 42, of Hurlock, Maryland, acted appropriately when they took him into custody outside of Harrington Raceway and Casino in February.

"The Wilmington Police Department did a thorough investigation and found proper conduct was done," he said.

Police said Newcomb was arrested after officers responded to a large fight reported in the area --- an incident that was partially caught on video by one of Newcomb's friends.

Newcomb was cited for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His case was moved to the Court of Common Pleas.

But Newcomb said he disagreed with the internal affairs report and maintains he was not involved in any kind of fight prior to the arrest. He said he still believes the officer seen atop him in a video of the arrest went too far.

Newcomb said on Thursday that he still intends to take some kind of legal action against the Harrington Police Department but did not say when that might occur. He referred WBOC to a lawyer representing him but the attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"It is what it is and I'm just going to go ahead an let my lawyers handle it and we'll go from there."

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