To their credit, the police fired the officer and the prosecutors filed charges. But according to the news article, the judge did not view the tape! And the police union wants the officer rehired!
With respect to the “gotcha” comment from the police union rep, that is just some sorta bizarre spin on the subject. The tape shows what it shows. Take each incident at a time on its own merits. What the judge did here is very hard to understand.
H/T: Jonathan Turley blog.