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Disorderly conduct charges against Amherst man dropped

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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WSHM) -

All charges against an Amherst man accused of disorderly conduct have been dropped. His arrest by Northampton police was seen by thousands of people online.

The American Civil Liberties Union told CBS 3 a special prosecutor has dropped a civil disorderly conduct charge against Jonas Correia.

Correia was arrested outside Tully O'Reilly's on Pearl Street for resisting arrest back in March.

His lawyers said he was trying to record a video of Northampton police officers questioning three men sitting on a curb.

That's when a bouncer told him to leave, before he was pepper sprayed and tackled by police.

The arrest got attention after a video was posted on YouTube.

In a statement issued to CBS 3, Northampton Mayor David  Narkewicz said, "I believed then, and I continue to believe that NPD officers acted professionally and appropriately during this incident and I have full confidence in the men and women of our Police Department."

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