A Newark, N.J. police officer was suspended Monday after he arrested and physically restrained a news cameraman, The Associated Press reported.
Local CBS cameraman Jim Quodomine was covering an anti-violence rally on Sunday when he was arrested for disorderly conduct. Once he had been detained, video shows Officer Brian Sharif putting Quodomine in a choke hold, The AP said.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker told the newswire he was "disgusted" by what happened. Sharif was suspended without pay and an internal investigation is underway.
“Just because you wear a badge doesn’t mean you are perfect,” the mayor said, according to the wire service.
Michael Nelson, vice president of CBS Stations Group, said Quodomine’s charge of disorderly conduct should be dropped because he apparently was standing on a public sidewalk and did “nothing wrong," The AP said.