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More than two weeks after a video of a controversial arrest of two brothers in Rock Hill went viral - and prompted nightly protests - the Rock Hill Police Department announced one of the police officers involved was fired and criminally charged for his conduct.
During a lengthy news conference Thursday hosted by the York County Solicitor's Office, county and city officials showed multiple video perspectives of the June 23 encounter at a gas station that led to the arrest of Ricky and Travis Price. The presentation included the previously seen Facebook video and gas station surveillance video -- plus two police officer body camera videos not previously seen publicly.
Rock Hill Police Department Officer Jonathan Moreno has been charged with third-degree assault and battery stemming from his arrest of Travis Price, police department Chief Chriss Watts announced at the Thursday news conference. Travis Price was at a gas station after police stopped his brother, Ricky.
Travis was standing where other police officers had asked him to stand as they prepared to hand him jewelry belonging to Ricky. Seemingly unaware of the instructions given to Travis, Moreno can be seen on video confronting Travis. He pushes Travis against a fuel tank and down to the ground before placing him under arrest.
Watts said Moreno's actions were wrong and led to an escalation of the situation. Chiesa Putnam, senior solicitor for the city of Rock Hill, apologized to Travis and announced his charge of hindering police was dropped. His record has also been expunged.
The charges against Ricky Price still stand.
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