APD officer at center of viral video returns to work

APD officer at center of viral video returns to work
Updated: Jul. 30, 2018 at 2:53 PM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Police Department (APD) officer at the center of a viral video showing a cruiser crashing into a parked car has been cleared by APD's Internal Affairs unit and has returned to work.

Albany Police released the following statement Monday:

The Albany Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit has completed a thorough investigation of the incident at the Albany Mall, where Officer Matthew Brown struck a parked vehicle while pursuing a suspect eluding police. The investigation revealed there was no intent by Officer Brown to strike the fleeing suspect with his vehicle. Officer Brown has returned to duty. The incident will be reviewed further by The City of Albany's Accident Review Board.

APD officials also said there is no dash cam of the incident.

Brown was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

On July 24, a video showing Brown's cruiser crash into a parked car in the Albany Mall parking lot was widely shared on social media.

Police said in a news release that officers responded to a hit and run at the intersection of Nottingham Way and the Liberty Expressway. APD said the three suspects left the scene, abandoned their vehicle and ran from the initial responding patrol officers.

The release stated assisting officers observed Anthony Docks, 30, running in the parking lot of the Albany Mall. The officers attempted to stop Docks, but he continued to run. It went on to say "one of the assisting officers drove into the area and Docks ran into the path of his vehicle, the officer jammed his brakes to avoid hitting Docks but his car slid into the passenger's side, rear quarter panel area" of a black 2014 Nissan Altima.

A short video circulating on social media shows the patrol car hit the Altima.

Docks was chased down on foot and taken into custody.

APD said the patrol car that hit the Altima received moderate damage to the front bumper area. The Altima received extensive damage to the passenger's side rear quarter panel area.

As a result of the leaving the scene of an accident, officers charged Docks and two other suspects.

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