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2 Virginia officers charged with assault in man’s arrest

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia police officers have been charged with assault following the arrest of a man in October.

Chesapeake Police spokeswoman Kelly O’Sullivan told news outlets that officers Thomas Walden and Michael Hill have been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault.

Fifty-nine-year-old Thomas Wilson told The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1VDuMOi ) that the incident began after Wilson called 911 after drinking alcohol with a neighbor. He said he wanted to report abuses he said he once witnessed at a jail. After Walden and Hill responded to one of the calls on Oct. 27, Wilson was charged with making harassing phone calls to 911.

Wilson said that both officers threw him to the ground and dragged him out of his neighbor’s home in handcuffs, injuring his left arm, shoulder and back.

“They didn’t have to beat me down,” Wilson said. “I couldn’t fight anybody. I couldn’t even walk.”

He said doctors told him he may need surgery.

Wilson filed a complaint with the police department, which found the allegation to be substantiated. A magistrate found last week probable cause that the officers assaulted Wilson.

O’Sullivan said both officers have been placed on administrative duty. She said there is body camera footage of Wilson’s arrest that has not been released. O’Sullivan declined to release additional information about the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Wilson.

The races of the officers and Wilson were not immediately known.

Walden and Hill are scheduled to appear in court on April 27. If convicted, the officers could face a maximum punishment of 12 months in jail and a fine up to $2,500.

Walden has worked at the department for nearly three years. Hill has been there for about six years.

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