Cop arrests innocent man “because I want to lock you up”

(WANE)   A local business owner said he was put in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for no reason.

George Knight owns P&G Family Auto on South Hanna Street. He claimed a Fort Wayne police officer entered his business last Saturday, without a search warrant, looking for a vehicle. By the time the whole situation was over, George said he was stripped down and partially processed through the system.

For some reason, he said, police suddenly decided not to move forward with any charges. The arresting officer even gave him a ride back home.

Knight doesn’t know know why it happened – or what he was arrested for. “Everybody still can’t believe I went to jail,” he said. “I asked out here at the scene, ‘What am I going to jail for?’ and Officer Crouch said, ‘because I want to lock you up.'”

According to a police report, Knight became loud and unruly when a customer came in to pick up his car. He said that’s not the case and that he asked for a police supervisor to come to the scene. Shortly after that, he found himself in the back of the squad car headed downtown.

“They took me into the sallyport, took me into the lock-up room, had me take off my shoes, they had me take off my belt, they had me dump my pockets, they took all my personal belongings and put them in a plastic bag. They sealed it, tagged it, and had me sign it,” Knight described of the incident.

He wasn’t completely booked into the system. In the report, the officer wrote that he used his discretion and drove Knight back to his business without filing any charges against him.

“All he said was, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry’. I told him, ‘Everything with me is fine. I just hope everything with you is going to be fine,'” Knight recalled.

On Tuesday, Knight called an attorney, who told him to get a copy of the police report. Knight said the police department refused. “They said to me, ‘If you got any other problems, call the chief’s office.'”

That’s exactly what he did. “Chief Rusty York came on the phone and the first words out of his mouth were, ‘Reverend Knight, I am so sorry that you had to go through this,'” Knight said.

Knight said Chief Rusty York personally delivered a copy of the police report to him Friday and even passed along his cell phone number.

“He told me there would be a full investigation of this and there would be something done so that it never happens again,” explained Knight.

Chief York declined to speak on camera about this incident, but told NewsChannel 15 that the Internal Affairs Division is looking into this. Knight said he’s in the process of filing a formal complaint with the department.

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