Video shows confrontation between Charleston police officer, bicyclist

Video shows confrontation between Charleston police officer, bicyclist
Source: CPD
Source: CPD

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have released surveillance video showing an off-duty Charleston police officer in a confrontation with a cyclist in downtown.

According to the Charleston Police Department, the incident involved Officer Kevin Medert who investigators say is currently on administrative leave without pay.

SLED is currently investigating the case after Charleston police requested them to do so.

CPD officials say the April incident began as a verbal encounter and then escalated into a physical encounter between Medert and the civilian after a collision between Medert's personal vehicle and the civilian's bicycle.

Video released on Friday shows Medert pulling a man off his bicycle. A physical confrontation then begins with both men appearing to talk to each other throughout the ordeal.

The video appears to show that after Medert stopped the man from leaving, the man swings a punch at Medert. A short time later, the video shows both men on the ground wrestling.

Law enforcement officials are then seen responding to the area.

A police report states that around 12:30 p.m. on April 18 an officer responded to the intersection of St. Philip and George streets in reference to a collision between a car and bicycle and an altercation between the involved parties.

Police say a 32-year-old man on a bicycle said he was riding the wrong way on St. Philip Street when he collided with a red Infinity G35 driven by Medert.

The man told the responding officer he believed the vehicle had intentionally driven toward him and left him very little room along side the curb.

The man reported that he was uninjured and wanted to leave after the collision, but Medert grabbed his backpack and would not let him leave.

The man said he told Medert not to touch him and pushed him away, but Medert grabbed him by the backpack again and forced him to the ground.

A police report states the man said he then pushed himself up off the ground and threw a punch at Medert.

CPD officials said the altercation ended when College of Charleston Public Safety officers arrived.

The responding CPD officer said he saw a scuff mark on the left corner of Medert's vehicle and another one on the driver side door.

A police report states a SC Highway Patrol trooper arrived on scene and both the man on the bicycle and Medert declined to fill out an accident form.

Authorities said Medert was not in uniform at the time of the incident.

CPD officials say Medert has been with the department since April 1, 2013.

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