New video released as settlement reached in pepper spray incident involving Saratoga cop

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — As the city of Saratoga Springs reached a settlement with the man who flipped off a city officer, more video was released showing the officer acting inappropriately.

In May, Adam Rupeka was pepper sprayed and arrested after he gave now-former Saratoga Springs Officer Nathan Baker the finger. Rupeka was charged with resisting arrest and having an obstructed view, but the charges were later dropped. Baker resigned.

Saratoga Springs police released video footage on Thursday, August 13, 2015, that shows former Officer Nathan Baker acting inappropriately following the arrest of Adam Rupeka.
Saratoga Springs police released video footage on Thursday, August 13, 2015, that shows former Officer Nathan Baker acting inappropriately following the arrest of Adam Rupeka.

A settlement was reached in the case, but police released more video on Thursday showing Baker acting inappropriately.

Saratoga Police released the video showing Rupeka in the booking room. Police Chief Gregory Veitch says Baker again acts against department policies when he uses physical force when Rupeka does not sit down and says he is having a hard time breathing.

The chief also says Baker used verbal threats and then points his Taser at Rupeka while Rupeka is handcuffed, and according to the chief, being non-violent.

“Well I think disappointment is the key word there,” Saratoga Police Chief Veitch said. Obviously we want our officers to behave professionally and use force appropriately.”

Chief Veitch would not discuss the details of a settlement that has been reached between Rupeka and the city.

Although he admits he believes Rupeka was purposely provoking the situation when he gave Baker the finger, he says Baker did not respond in a way that is consistent with department policies.

“The job of a police officer is not to drive around delivering attitude adjustments to those citizens who show unmistakable signs of being in need of one,” Chief Veitch said.

When asked if any policies will change following this incident the chief had this to say,

“Assistant Chief John Catone and I have stressed to all officers of this department that we should strive to treat everyone with dignity and respect and that our focus will remain on being a professional and accountable police department.”

I was again told by the City attorney’s office and Adam Rupeka that they aren’t allowed to discuss details of the settlement that has been reached.

Read the full statement here.

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