Officers Cleared in Midtown Citizen’s Arrest

Officers Cleared in Midtown Citizen’s Arrest

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MOBILE, Alabama - Mobile Police Chief James Barber says no wrongdoing occurred in the arrest of a midtown resident.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson asked for an internal investigation after Thomas Herder was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge last week.

Today the police chief said witnesses confirmed that Herder provoked the arrests.

“He was arrested for was disturbing the peace of a residential neighborhood at 8:30 in the morning by yelling some very horrible profanity at the police officers to the point where everybody in the neighborhood could hear it,” said Barber.

Herder’s attorney says he was doing nothing wrong and was approached by officers for no reason. He admits Herder cursed at officers, but did not act out of line.

“The police chief has alleged that Mr. Herder was very combative verbally and that he screamed and yelled and that is factually completely wrong it was very disappointing for us to hear that. That is not what happened,” said Joshua Briskman.

Barber says he has no intentions of dropping the charges against Herder.

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