A Pittsburgh Police officer is accused of assaulting his girlfriend in public.
The same officer previously participated in a program aimed at stopping crimes similar to what he is now accused of.
The criminal complaint against Dwayne Ausbrooks shows that he was arrested over the weekend at the Greyhound bus station and charged with simple assault.
Last Friday afternoon, Ausbrooks and his girlfriend, Tamika Kyte, were driving down Frankstown Avenue when they got into an argument over her cell phone and a letter that she says was written to him by one of his other girlfriends.
When Kyte started to read the letter out loud, she told police that Ausbrooks grabbed and pulled at her, then pulled over at the intersection of Frankstown and Wheeler.
The criminal complaint says, “Kyte stated that Ausbrooks placed the vehicle in park, jumped from the driver seat, and attacked me.”
Kyte stated that Ausbrooks placed all of his body weight onto her.
During that time, she told police that she told Ausbrooks he was hurting her, and that he bent her fingers and her arm.
While he retrieved the letter, she went to a jitney station, got a ride home and called 911.
It was at her East Liberty apartment where police first heard her story and described her as visibly shaken.
Once representatives of the District Attorney’s Office were contacted, Ausbrooks was arrested at the Greyhound bus station in Pittsburgh, where he was working an off-duty detail.
He was allowed to change into street clothes before he was processed at the Allegheny County Jail. There, he was served with an emergency protection from abuse order.
Allowing an officer to change into street clothes before he is processed at the county jail is a safety protocol for officers who may have to be processed there.
Ausbrooks was released over the weekend after his arraignment.
The police department said that Ausbrooks has been reassigned pending an investigation by the bureau.