[WATCH] Cleveland Police Officer Attacked Woman and Then Arrested Her on False Charges

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A veteran Cleveland police officer is accused of slamming an 18-year-old woman to the ground after arresting her boyfriend, then lying about what happened in order to get charges filed against the woman.

Sgt. Christopher Graham, 48, on Friday pleaded not guilty to first-degree misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint and assault. The charges carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail.

Graham appeared Friday in Cleveland Municipal Court with his attorney, Daniel Misiewicz. He never said a word, allowing Misiewicz to enter his not-guilty plea during the 30-second hearing.

Cleveland Municipal Judge Lauren Moore continued his personal bond that another judge set Thursday shortly after Graham was arrested. Moore ordered him to have no contact with the 18-year-old woman.

The case was assigned to Judge Janet Colaluca and a pretrial hearing was set for Oct. 25.

Misiewicz and Cleveland Police Fraternal Order of Police President Brian Betley both declined comment following the hearing.

Cleveland city and police officials have so far ignored requests for comment and information on the case.

The incident happened about 9 p.m. Sept. 12 at a Sunoco gas station on West 137th Street at Lorain Avenue, according to police reports and court records.

Two teens were fighting and one of them was waving a gun, police reports say. Graham was one of the first officers to arrive and arrested a 17-year-old accused of waving the gun, according to police reports.

The Lakewood woman, who is the 17-year-old man’s girlfriend, walked up to the police cruiser and started talking to her boyfriend, police reports say.

The police report, which an internal affairs detective later determined to be false, says the woman made an obscene gesture at the officers. Graham ordered officers to arrest her, the report says.

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