Officer who put man in chokehold will return to duty
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer who was placed on desk duty after putting a man in a chokehold will return to duty next month, authorities said.
On Thursday, Mobile police said officer Blake Duke will return to full duty on April 6 after being held “accountable” for his actions, news outlets reported.
Duke and a supervisor arrested Howard Green Jr. on Feb. 17 for an April 2019 arrest warrant.
A video of the incident showed Duke put Green in a headlock and choked him before shoving him into the police car. After the arrest, Duke was placed on desk duty and not allowed to patrol.
Mobile police said Duke and the supervisor violated department policy at the time of Green's arrest. Officials also said Duke and the supervisor were held “accountable” for their actions.
Specific policy violations weren't immediately released. Police spokeswoman Charlette Solis said exact disciplinary actions also were't immediately released because one of the officers is filing an appeal.
After the incident, Green was charged with failure to obey, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Solis said those charges are still pending.
It's unclear whether Green had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.