Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 107 sent Dover Mayor James Dodd a scathing letter Tuesday over his response to the violent arrest of Cyprian Luke, who was punched and choked during an arrest in may.
“Placing officers on ‘paid administrative leave’ simply because they used lawful force against a criminal was a political decision designed to align yourself with a boisterous constituency, instead of doing your job as Mayor to educate the public and promote fact-based conclusions instead of politically expedient anti-police stereotypes and platitudes,” the letter said.
Video of the arrest showed officers punching and choking the 19-year-old man before dragging him into an ambulance.
Luke had an active warrant for domestic abuse.
The incident lit a fire under activists in Morris County, who have more than once organized in an attempt to see punishments meted out to the officers involved.
“The officers in this case will be exonerated because they did nothing wrong. All they did was protect the community from a violent man who now must answer for his crimes,” the PBA letter said. “There is no legitimate reason to place these officers on leave or to suggest that they were abusive. By doing so, you have tarnished their reputations without allowing them to be heard.”