Police respond to video alleging officer misconduct

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police say they are reviewing a video that appears to show officers arresting a man at a McDonald's in Manassas and one officer threatening to arrest the photographer.

The person who posted the video online says he recorded police officers throwing a man to the ground and arresting him. The person claims that an Officer Jennings threatened to arrest him for loitering and demanded that he did stop filming. The person also claims others at the scene -- who did not have cameras -- were not approached by the officer.

The Prince William County Police Department released the following response:

"Recently, a video involving one of our officers was posted online. This video has caused many of you to reach out to us about the officers' actions. We wanted to take this opportunity to respond to the comments that we have received. First, we would like to point out that it is our policy not to impede on anyone's right to video our actions in public so long as there is no obstruction of or interference with police actions or anyone else's rights or safety. Secondly, we are reviewing the video and the overall incident to determine if there is anything we should strive to do better. We always accept and encourage constructive criticism or compliments from our public regarding our officers' actions and/or behavior."


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