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SCPD Review: Officers acted within policy in April 29 arrest at Perkins Restaurant

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Sioux City Police say officers involved in an arrest in late April at a Perkins restaurant were found to have acted within policy.

On April 29, investigators were called to the Perkins on Gordon Drive for a complaint of an intoxicated woman trying to fight other customers. Eventually, 29-year-old John E. Wright Jr., of Sioux City, was arrested.

Police say Wright was arrested after inserting himself into an interview with the original caller who complained, then Wright refused to leave when asked by the manager.

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

The police department said it had heard concerns over the conduct of the arresting officer in that incident. An internal review then began.

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

"It is the policy of the Sioux City Police Department to review any time an officer uses force or uses a show of force," said the Sioux City Police Department in a statement on Friday. "Supervisors, watch commanders, bureau commanders, and the chief review the officer's reports, available camera footage, and available witness statements. These reviews ensure that officers act within department policy and also within the values and standards of the department and the community we serve.

"These reviews are not only to correct officers when needed but to also provide valuable feedback to help officers improve their performance," the statement continued. "These reviews also occur when officers have exchanges with the public that may raise citizen concerns."

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.

Blake Branch

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