NOTE: This article contains adult language and police violence videos.
Nikki Middleton saw a Reno cop “slap” a man in the city center in June and said another officer assaulted her to prevent her from videotaping the encounter.
She filed an internal affairs (IA) complaint about the incident. Today she found out that there was an arrest warrant against her.
Middleton said she was walking downtown in June after having dinner with her partner.
“The lowrider automobile club was downtown to show off their cars,” she said. “The cops were already pissed off because they were stranded by over 200 people when one of the cars did something illegal with its hydraulics and took off at full speed.”
A man, who appeared to have been drinking or was intoxicated, was surrounded by police from Reno.
“I saw Reno PD violently hit a guy’s body for apparently ‘drinking a beer’,” Middleton told This Is Reno.
She said that was what started her, calling the use of force “excessive” and “terrifying”.
“Seeing two RPD officers on bikes rushing a man and the body slamming him to the ground, I immediately pulled out my phone to record the situation that was happening and asked, ‘Why? »», She declared. “I couldn’t believe what I just saw. There was no regular escalation. Maybe the guy said something I didn’t hear, but I can’t think of anything that would have justified the rushed body slam.
It was then that the situation escalated. Videos of the incident show a chaotic situation with many people screaming. The police repeatedly shouted, “Back off! “
Middleton shouted: “No!”
Middleton said Reno Police Officer Joshua Iori-Tone approached her to prevent her from filming the incident.
“You can’t drink here,” Iori-Tone yelled before hitting Middleton’s phone, shouting, “get out of my mouth.” Middleton said she didn’t drink.
“You just hit me,” she cried.
“I said ‘Backup’,” he replied.
The confrontation was filmed from at least two different angles. The Reno Cop Watch Facebook page posted a video (watch it below) showing an officer grabbing the person’s neck, grabbing their arm and pulling them to the ground.
The officer dropped his knee on the victim’s neck and head, a use of force technique that attracted attention when George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin.
It was determined that Floyd was killed by Chauvin when Chauvin adjusted his body weight below his knee on Floyd’s neck, which caused “compression of the neck and back which resulted in a lack of blood flow to the brain. “.
In mixed martial arts, what Chauvin did is called “choking on blood,” used to knock someone unconscious in about 10 seconds.
Reno police and town officials did not respond to whether the June incident demonstrated an authorized use of force technique.
Middleton said she called the cops on the cops knowing it “wasn’t going to go anywhere.” The AI complaint followed. She said she never received a response.
She also said she stayed at the scene and spoke to a sergeant, which made the arrest warrant even more surprising. Middleton said it was the complaint she filed that led to the arrest warrant. The warrant, for “resistance to a public officer”, was issued in August.
Middleton said she would fight the charges.
Iori-Tone in 2018 was arrested in Lake Tahoe for resisting arrest and breaking in without permission after being seen urinating on a tractor during a Keith Urban concert. He was put on paid leave.
Iori-Tone earns more than $ 125,000 a year in salary and benefits, according to the Transparent Nevada website.
Reno police and town officials did not answer a number of questions to get their side of the story for this story.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has held communications positions for various state agencies and received a PhD from the University of Nevada at Reno in 2011, where he completed a thesis on social media, journalism, and crisis communication. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time position in the extension office at Mineral County University of Nevada.