MOBILE, Ala (WALA) -- Mobile's police chief said he is "fast-tracking" the internal investigation into an arrest that was caught on a viral video.
FOX10 News has been getting lots of calls and emails about the case and we are taking your questions directly to the Mobile police chief who said there will be a thorough investigation and he wants to make sure the public knows this is being taken seriously.
Officer Blake Duke was in the process of arresting Howard Green Jr.
The rough arrest happening Tuesday afternoon when Duke was walking Green, who was handcuffed, to a police car.
Chief Lawrence Battiste said Green may have spit into the officer's face, but at this point, they are not 100% sure if that happened. Just a moment later, Duke pushed Green into the side of a police car and put him into an apparent chokehold.
“When I see things that even if we are right and it shows us in an unfavorable light, I take pause with it,” Battiste said. “I took pause because it shows this agency, (the) Mobile Police Department, in a negative light.”
Officers were trying to arrest Green for three active warrants. He also had resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges added from Tuesday’s incident.
If it turns out Green did spit on the officer, he could be slapped with a disorderly conduct charge or assault on an officer depending on the circumstances.
The chief said it is too early to make a judgment whether Officer Duke crossed the line, but he hopes to have an answer next week.