Charges dropped for two men who were arrested after an altercation with Newport police last summer

This is an image of a fight between what appears to be officers and two men in Newport, Sunday, June 26, 2022. (Christian Winthrop/Newport Buzz)

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) — The two men who were arrested during an altercation with Newport officers last June are no longer facing charges.

Last month, the Newport Superior Court dismissed the charges against 23-year-old Dennis Engelson and 22-year-old Christopher Adams.

Video taken by bystanders at a trolley shows police getting physical with several men outside of the One Pelham East bar in Newport.

In the video, an officer is seen shoving and hitting multiple people near the incident.

The three officers involved were identified as John Sullivan, Neil Sullivan, and Detective Patrick Walsh.

According to police, the incident stems from Engelson “forcefully throwing a bar mat” toward people walking on the sidewalk.

Police said they took Engelson into custody after he ignored several requests by officers to leave the area.

According to police, after the officer pushed one man away, he felt a hand on his shoulder.

The officer claimed that he feared the man was retaliating, so he turned around and struck Adam in the face. Adam was then arrested.

Both men both plead not guilty in July.

Engelson was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer in execution of duty, and resisting arrest.

Adam was charged with obstructing an officer in execution of duty and resisting arrest.

On Dec. 13, all of the charges for both Engelson and Adam were dropped.

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