Saturday, February 11, 2006

Portland Cop Indicted in Head-Butting Incident
Portland police officer Cong Van Nguyen was indicted on February 10th on a misdemeanor assault charge that he head-butted a Portland man during an altercation on Congress Street last summer.
Nguyen is on paid leave from the Department, which also conducted an internal investigation into the incident. Witnesses said that Nguyen confronted Peter Colthart, 27, in front of Paul’s Market, after Colthart walked in front of his police cruiser at Congress Street and Forest Avenue.
Colthart, 27, was arrested recently and charged with assault, reckless conduct and terrorizing after he allegedly shoved Portland rescue workers and threw hot coffee at one of them. He was also convicted last summer of trespassing at a 2004 rally in Auburn which featured an appearance by First Lady Laura Bush.


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