|An eyewitness is challenging the Calgary police version of events after a cop altercation with a man on Friday night went viral after being caught on video.|
"If they are saying this guy deserved that? Not a chance, not a chance," the witness said. Police said in a statement Saturday the officers were doing a walk-through of bars in the area when they were tipped off something was going on outside of the 1410 World Bier Haus Restaurant & Lounge on 17th Avenue S.W. "They were immediately approached by an aggressive man who refused to cooperate with their demands and then attempted to leave the area."
|The witness said the gang unit came into the restaurant and asked for identification from a table of 10 men. When one of the men did not produce ID, the witness claims police said the entire group had to leave. Three of the men crossed 17th Avenue cutting off a man driving a truck.|
"The driver honked his horn at them angrily and one of the guys in the group flicked a cigarette at the truck. He screeches over to the side of the road and gets out of his truck and starts yelling at the guys across the street," according to the witness. The witness said one police officer heard the tires screeching and the yelling and came outside. "He went straight for the old guy and starts yelling at him. "Get the FUCK back in your truck, get in there now" the witness said.
|"This old guy starts walking, the cop is walking right behind him yelling at him the whole time. He didn't even know what was happening. They get 10 steps in and I guess maybe the old guy stopped or something so the cop grabbed him. Next thing I know the three of them are laying the boots to the 60-year-old guy on the side of the road," the video begins at this point. "I watched the whole thing."|
Calgary police explained the reason for the arrest in their release. "This man was given a ticket for stunting after driving in an unsafe manner along the roadway and was released following his arrest," police said. "The CPS encourages anyone with a concern to file a complaint with the Professional Standards Section."