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Two APD officers plead not guilty to tampering with police report

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Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 8:34 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Officers Cornelius Pettus and Deorman Stout were silent on the telecom line in the Nesbett courtroom where they were arraigned for new charges of tampering with public records. The record being the police report for an altercation between Officer Pettus and Anchorage resident Samuel Allen in September of 2019.

It started as Pettus stopping Allen on his bicycle for not wearing any reflectors. At the time, Allen was filming Pettus and other officers for his police watchdog page, Northern Corruption Monitor 907, where he regularly posts videos of his encounters with police officers.

Allen was yelling obscenities at Pettus and other officers in the video he took. When Pettus approached him for the reflector violation, Allen rode off.

Later that night, Pettus went to Allen’s residence to issue a citation, but it turned physical. The original court documents said that Pettus used force to gain entry, punching Allen in the jaw and kicking him in the groin.

Allen’s camera was going then too, however, you can’t see what’s happening. You can only hear a struggle.

Now after new indictment charges, Pettus is being charged with tampering with the police report from that evening. According to the court documents, Stout helped.

There is also a charge, announced in the Nixle alert, that Pettus is also charged with interference with Constitutional Rights. However, those charges are not listed in the indictment papers from the courthouse. They are listed on Courtview.

The total new counts listed on the indictment for Pettus are two charges of tampering with public records in the first degree. Stout has one count of tampering with public records in the first degree.

Both are scheduled to be back in court for the discovery hearing on Sept. 14, and the trial setting conference on Sept. 28.

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