Gloversville arrest raises police brutality concerns
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (WRGB) - Cell phone video taken Tuesday morning shows part of an encounter between Gloversville resident Tim Bovee and State Police.
It begins with Bovee and a coworker being pulled over.
Bovee is told to get out of his SUV and asks why.
"I knew I hadn't done anything wrong so I was concerned as to why I was being pulled over, you know?" Bovee said.
When Bovee doesn't voluntarily get out, he is seen being pulled out.
The video shows him on the ground, underneath the Trooper.
You can hear Bovee yelling repeatedly, "I can't breathe!"
Bovee says he was put in a chokehold, and feared for his life.
"I'm screaming and then I scream towards the end. It's not as loud because I'm running out of air. He kept squeezing his arm tighter and tighter and tighter and I'm scared that I wasn't going to wake up," Bovee said.
Bovee says he was eventually taken into custody.
He says only then, did he learn that he was initially stopped by police for an insufficient turn signal, a violation.
Now, Bovee is charged with obstruction and resisting arrest.
He says he's glad the incident was caught on camera, and encourages others to record interactions with law enforcement.
"You could voice what you think might've happened or have a witness but that might not go too far. But if you have a photo or picture, you could use it for evidence," said Bovee.
Bovee says right now he's not concerned with lawsuits, but he says he believes the trooper should be held accountable.
"It's really about justice. I can't go up to anybody and choke them. Just because he's a cop, he can't choke me. I wasn't fighting him, I wasn't kicking him, I wasn't punching him. He didn't have to defend himself in that manner, you know?"
A spokeswoman for New York State Police Troop G said she is looking into the incident.