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Anderson police officer suspended over arrest tactics cleared of wrongdoing

Brandon Reynolds return to regular duty
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Posted at 5:18 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 17:44:06-04

ANDERSON — Anderson Police Officer Brandon Reynolds is going back on active duty, four months after he was placed on administrative leave for using what appeared to be a chokehold during an arrest.

Anderson Police Department Major Joel Sandefur confirms Reynolds has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Anderson Board of Public Safety. The female police officer who was at the scene of the arrest was cleared earlier.

The safety board determined Reynolds did not violate the police department's Code of Conduct and did not use improper force when arresting 21-year-old Spencer Nice in June.

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The incident was caught on video and prompted the police chief to recommend the officer's termination.

But the Anderson Fraternal Order of Police said the take-down maneuver used on Nice was not a chokehold, which are banned by the police department.