City of Worthington responds to 2016 arrest coverage

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (KSFY) - The City of Worthington is responding to what it calls "extensive online and media coverage related to an arrest of an individual in 2016."

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota released dashcam video last month of an arrest of a man that took place on July 28, 2016, and called for an investigation.

ACLU said the video shows Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Agent Joe Joswiak using excessive force against Anthony Promvongsa after he was allegedly driving recklessly.

The City released the following press release Tuesday regarding the media coverage of the video:

"Recently, there has been extensive online and media coverage related to an arrest of an individual in 2016 that the City of Worthington Police Department was involved in.

The Worthington Police Department’s vision is to be a united, community-minded organization dedicated to professionalism and committed to responsible and equitable public service through values reflecting our vigilance for the safety and well-being of our community. Any statements or conduct by City of Worthington police officers that undermine this vision are detrimental to the department and the public.

Therefore, the City takes concerns of this nature seriously and takes any appropriate actions to resolve such concerns, such as reviewing data related to the incident, discussing the incident as appropriate with professionals internally and externally, potentially conducting a formal investigation or review internally or by a third party, and determining the appropriate course of action to address the incident, such as personnel actions, updating policies, procedures, or practices, and/or providing education or training sessions.

Due to data privacy laws, the City cannot share any other information, at this point, related to the specific actions it is taking to address the concerns of this case.

Related to the use of force, including arrests, by police officers in performing law enforcement services, the City has established legally compliant policies and procedures, provides extensive field and ongoing training, documents and reviews all use of force used by police officers, and addresses specific issues with an individual officer’s use of force through coaching, retraining, performance plans, and/or discipline. Through these items and actions, the City establishes the expectation that police officers should use only the amount of force necessary to mitigate an incident, make an arrest, or protect themselves or others from harm. The city continually reviews these items and actions to ensure they comply with the law and industry best practices."