Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - An Anchorage police officer has pleaded not guilty to assault charges after court officials say prosecutors accused him of punching and kicking a man in September.
Anchorage Daily News reported Friday that 32-year-old officer Cornelius Aaron Pettus was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault.
Prosecutors say Pettus and another officer gave 49-year-old Sam Allen a bicycle citation Sept. 30 before the suspected attack.
Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll said he believed some department officers were familiar with Allen prior to the charges because of his YouTube account detailing interactions with police he had and uploaded.
Allen told reporters he is still healing from his injuries after attending arraignment Friday.
Pettus’ defense attorney Clinton Campion says officer Pettus disputes the charges and responded in self-defense.