January 11, 2011
A judge has dismissed assault and battery charges against a Portsmouth police officer.
Eric Paul Sjoberg was accused of assaulting a prisoner in a holding cell on May 26, 2010.
Circuit Judge Thomas A. Shadrick said the 45-year-old officer's actions were unprofessional and inappropriate. But they didn't rise to the level of assault and battery.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that Shadrick dismissed the charges Monday after viewing a video. The video showed the officer yelling at the prisoner, kicking toward him as he lay handcuffed on a steel bench and then holding the man by his clothing at the neck.
Sjoberg's lawyer, Warren Kozak, told the judge that the officer hit the bench with his foot to wake the man up.