Police to release video of altercation with autistic man

  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015 11:33pm
  • News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Kodiak Police Department says it will release video and written reports of a physical encounter between three officers and an autistic man.

The department’s announcement Tuesday comes after Judge Steve Cole ordered the city to release the documents related to the September incident. Cole gave the city until Thursday to release recordings from the officers’ chest cameras.

The police department said it is in the process of gathering the materials and will have them ready for full release by the due date.

“While the city has only been ordered to release the three chest (camera) videos, the city intends to release audio, videos, and police reports of the incident in light of the judge’s legal interpretation of the exemption under which the documents were withheld,” the department said.

Kodiak Public Broadcasting Co. filed a lawsuit against the city, seeking the release of documents in the case involving the officers and 28-year-old Nick Pletnikoff.

According to the suit, Pletnikoff had been checking his family’s mailbox Sept. 16 when the officers handcuffed and pepper sprayed him. He was not arrested or charged.

Pletnikoff’s family has hired a defense attorney, who is privately investigating the incident along with the Angstman Law Office in Bethel.

Pletnikoff’s mother, Judy, said she is encouraged by the release of the video but upset that it took this long. She said her son has been traumatized by the incident.

“I’d really like to get Nick back to his considerate, reasonable self, and not have to live with this cloud over him,” she said.

More in News

Poppies are affixed to wreaths during a Memorial Day ceremony at Leif Hanson Memorial Park in Kenai on Monday. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Remembering the sacrifices of the fallen

Speakers ask community to be inspired through sacrifice of service members

A fallen tree reaches onto Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna, Alaska, as cars drive by on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Grants, borough to support HEA effort to mitigate dangerous trees

HEA will have permission to enter borough land and the borough’s right of way

Assembly President Brent Johnson asks questions of representatives of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District during a joint work session of the School Board and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Borough to enter contract for asbestos flooring abatement in 3 central peninsula schools

The work will be done at Kenai Central High, Kenai Alternative High and Sterling Elementary schools

Alaska State Troopers logo.
1 dead, 3 missing after boat capsizes near Seward

Alaska State Troopers were notified by the U.S. Coast Guard of an overturned vessel around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday

Kenai Central High School stands under clear skies in Kenai, Alaska, on Thursday, May 23, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Borough approves contract for KCHS parking lot rehabilitation

Soldotna-based Foster Construction will be awarded the bid of $648,997 to complete the project

Central Peninsula Hospital is seen in Soldotna on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Central Peninsula Hospital to host Cancer Survivor’s Day event

The event will take place Sunday, June 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion
Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, speaks to the joint Soldotna and Kenai chambers of commerce at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Carpenter gives wrap up on session as he nears end of House term

Carpenter is seeking election to state Senate District D

(from left to right) Jachin Sanchez, Carter Lemons, Rowan Mahoney, Adelyn McCorison and Taylor Rickard graduated from Ninilchik School on Monday, May 13, 2024 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Photo provided by Mattea Peters-Williamson
Ninilchik graduates 5 in 2024 commencement

The school held the ceremony Monday, May 13

Most Read