Charges dropped against councilman handcuffed during incident in March

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX - The criminal case against a Phoenix city council member has been thrown out.

Councilman Michael Johnson was handcuffed and taken to the ground in his south Phoenix neighborhood in March after Officer Brian Authement said Johnson assaulted him but Johnson denied that.

He alleged possible racial bias was the reason for the charges. On Friday charges against Johnson were dropped and both men resolved to move forward.

Councilman Johnson released a statement that reads, in part, “I don't know Officer Authement. I am grateful for his service to our city and our country. I made some assumptions about Officer Authement. I regret that."

Officer Authement concurred, saying, “I regret that the incident happened. I feel strongly that to continue to seek blame only hinders our ability to rebuild relationships that may have been damaged by this incident."