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SCPD Command Staff actively reviewing body cam footage from recent incident at local restaurant

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Command of the Sioux City Police Department are reviewing an incident that included the arrest of a man Thursday morning at a downtown restaurant.

In a press release, investigators say they received a call to the Perkins on Gordon Drive, for a complaint of an intoxicated female trying to fight with other customers.

Officers eventually arrested 29-year-old John E. Wright, Jr. of Sioux City.

Police say Wright was arrested after inserting himself into an interview with the original caller who had complained of the intoxicated woman, then Wright allegedly refused to leave when a manager asked.

Video from bystanders of the incident started circulating on social media shortly after the arrest.

The police department says it has heard concerns over the conduct of the arresting officer in that incident.

"People had expressed some concerns over the conduct of the officer. A review is initiated and had been initiated because of the officer's use of showed force during the incident. Body camera footage from the officers involved has been reviewed and is being reviewed by command staff to determine if the officer acted within policy and lawfully," said Sgt. Jeremy McClure with the Sioux City Police Department.

You can view those body cam videos, as provided in their entirety by Sioux City Police, below.

Police say they made the following redactions in the video: the original complainant's identity as she was not directly involved in the arrest of John Wright, personal identifiable information such as dates of birth and SSN’s, medical information and other persons in the jail booking area. The release says clips were also trimmed once the officer-involved no longer had contact with Wright.

Warning: he below video contains images and audio some viewers may find upsetting or disturbing.

According to court records, Wright pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor of Interference with Official Acts and was ordered to pay a fine of $250, court costs and a crime services surcharge of 15% totaling $347.50.

Libbie Randall

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