Champaign police investigate viral video involving a Champaign officer


Champaign - Police in Champaign responded to an Internet video gone viral, showing an officer engaged in a physical altercation with a man.

Police conducted a preliminary review, after seeing the video and interviewing witnesses the Champaign Police Department confirms that the officer was aggressively approached by the citizen.

Charles Grindley, 37, of Champaign, was arrested for Aggravated Battery, Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer and transported to the Champaign County Jail. Champaign Police Officer Cully Schweska responded to a call that a woman with an active Champaign County warrant may have been spotted in the Super Pantry store.

During the investigation, Grindley intervened and aggressively approached the officer. Grindley would not stand down when the officer told him to, leading to a physical altercation.

Officer Schweska and Grindley sustained facial injuries during the altercation. Both were treated at Carle Hospital and released.

The female, Ashley Johnson, fled the scene during the argument. Johnson was quickly apprehended and arrested for Resisting/Obstructing a Peace officer. It was later confirmed that Johnson, 30, of Savoy, did not have an active warrant.

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