Man involved in controversial Schenectady arrest back in court

Emily DeVito & WNYT Staff
Updated: August 19, 2020 05:32 AM
Created: August 18, 2020 12:50 PM

A Schenectady man at the center of a controversial video was back in court Tuesday morning. Yugeshwar Gaindarpersaud has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal mischief and resisting arrest. However, his lawyer is still calling for those charges to be dropped.

Community members once again showed support to Gaindarpersaud as he headed in for another court appearance Tuesday.

Back in July, Schenectady Police Patrolman Brian Pommer had spoken to Gaindarpersaud's neighbor, who accused him of slashing the passenger side front and back tires of his car.

Pommer confronts Gaindarpersaud and a brief chase occurs. It then ends with Gaindarpersaud on the ground and Pommer's knee on the suspect, attempting to get his hands behind his back to arrest him.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom.

The case has been adjourned until September 8.

Gaindarpersaud's attorney said Tuesday he was speaking with the district attorney's office, waiting on more evidence from them.

Patrolman Pommers remains on desk duty and an internal investigation has been conducted.

Community members outside said they're frustrated with how long this process is taking.

Hear from one of them and Gaindarpersaud's lawyer by watching the video of Emily DeVito's story.

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