Violent arrest by Bethel Police officer case settled, turned over to FBI

Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.
Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

The City of Bethel has settled with Wassillie Gregory, a man who was violently arrested by a Bethel Police Officer in 2014. Bill Ingaldson, an attorney hired by the city says the settlement was dispersed last week.

“The settlement amount was $175,000. That includes his medical expenses which he had a dislocated shoulder and ended up having surgery on his shoulder so those were pretty expensive around $80,000 dollars. The settlement was agreed to about three or four weeks ago and consummated last week,” Ingaldson said.

The arrest took place in the parking lot of the Bethel Alaska Commercial Store on July 12th, 2014. The officer, Andrew Reid, was fired from the Bethel Police Department in March.

Gregory was originally charged with harassing the officer and pleaded guilty without the assistance of an attorney in a deal to drop two other charges. His conviction was overturned by a Bethel judge in May after surveillance video of the incident surfaced showing the officer repeatedly slamming Gregory to the ground.

The Bethel District Attorney’s office has turned the case over to the FBI. The City of Bethel was contacted for this story but did not want to go on tape and said only their lawyer could comment on the matter.

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