City officer arrested on assault charges

Police have arrested a veteran officer on assault charges.

Aleksande Shwarz, 54, a 21-year veteran assigned to Northeast Philadelphia's 2nd District, arrested someone for assaulting him on March 4 on Roosevelt Boulevard near Napfle Street, but video of the incident shows the officer assaulted the citizen, a source said. Shwarz, who was arrested late Wednesday, was charged with simple assault, unsworn falsification to authorities and abuse of office. His bail has been set at $5,000.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended Shwarz for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. Shwarz is the latest in a handful of police officers arrested in Philadelphia in recent months for everything from theft to assault.

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