A Vicksburg, Ms., police officer has been ordered to take an anger management class after a video showed him pushing a man down during an arrest and forcefully pressing his knee into the man’s back, reports the Associated Press. Vicksburg police officer Eddie Colbert was suspended 15 days with pay, and he must take the class after he returns to work. “The behavior of the officer was indefensible, in my opinion, but it did not rise to a level of termination,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. He and other city officials had a closed-door hearing with Police Chief Penny Jones and three deputy chiefs about Colbert’s actions during the arrest early Sunday.
Officials examined videos from the arrest, including one shot by an onlooker and posted online that showed Colbert arresting a man after the department received a call about a downtown disturbance. It showed Colbert pushing the man down onto a brick-paved street. The man was lying on his stomach when he raised his head and appeared to say something to the officer. Colbert then forcefully knelt on the man’s back. The man, John Dolley, was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. Flaggs said both Colbert and Dolley are Black.