Yorker recorded on viral video with police charged

Christopher Dornblaser

A Springettsbury Township man recorded arguing with York City Police on a video that was posted on Facebook has been charged, according to police.

Police say Officer Daniel Craven had to fight to arrest Mathew Bair Friday night.

Mathew David Bair, 26, of 2655 Stone Ridge Road, remains in York County Prison on $10,000 bail, charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and noise, according to charging documents.

As of Sunday evening, the video had more than 248,000 views and almost 4,200 shares, and more than 1,800 people had commented on the post.

In the video, a man in a striped shirt in a gray sedan is seen yelling at an officer, and after about a minute the officer gets in a physical altercation with the man.

York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said the  department will be looking into the actions depicted in the video.

"That small segment of the video doesn't explain what may or may not have occurred," he said.

The chief said department officials will make a decision on any disciplinary actions, if necessary, once they look into it more.

"We're not going to rush to judgment on it," he said.

The incident: According to York City Police, at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, Officer Daniel Craven heard yelling from the second level of the parking garage at 101 W. Philadelphia St.

Police say two men were leaning over the wall, yelling profanities and waving their arms. When Craven reached the top of the lot, the two men were sitting in their cars.

When Craven asked them what they were doing, they allegedly said, "It's a free country," documents allege. Craven told them there were families trying to eat outside in the White Rose restaurant.

According to documents, Craven told them he was investigating a disorderly conduct incident, and asked for their identification. One man provided his, but Bair refused, according to police.

"Get your f—ing hand off my door," Bair allegedly said.

After refusing to give his ID again, Bair asked for Craven's name and badge number, which he gave, according to documents. According to the description of the video, Craven did not provide his identification.

After that, Bair allegedly refused to provide his ID again, and allegedly said Craven was nothing without his gun.

After that, one of the passengers in the other vehicle got out and walked toward Craven, prompting Craven to pull his Taser out and ask him to go back to his car, which he did.

Craven asked Bair to exit the vehicle, which he did not, causing Craven to open the car door and command him to exit, documents state.

Police say Bair responded with profanity and lurched toward Craven in an aggressive, threatening manner. A struggle ensued and Craven allegedly had to fight to place Bair in custody.

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