Sgt. Christopher Graham, a Cleveland police officer who lives in Wellington, was charged Oct. 5 with misdemeanor assault and unlawful restraint.
Graham pleaded not guilty the following day in Cleveland Municipal Court and a pretrial hearing is set for Oct. 25 at 10 a.m.
The charges stem from a Sept. 12 incident in which Graham and other officers responded to a fight between two men, one of whom was reported to be waving a gun.
According to incident reports filed by Cleveland police, one of the men was placed in handcuffs and detained in the back of a squad car, then his girlfriend, Angelina Martinez, 18, of Lakewood, attempted to speak with him through a window. When asked by officers to get away from the vehicle, she moved closer and made an obscene gesture.
Graham reportedly instructed another officer to place handcuffs on the woman and they restrained her against the side of the car. The woman used her knees to try to break free, and was taken to the ground by Graham and placed under arrest, the reports said.
An internal affairs investigation has claimed the initial police reports are inaccurate.
Martinez was charged with felony assault on a police officer but that case was dropped after the internal affairs investigation was completed.
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