Toronto Police spokesperson Mark Pugash responded Tuesday to allegations made by Newstalk 1010 host John Downs.
Downs claims that he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a firefighter and public intoxication after taking photos of a crime scene back in January.
Both charges were dropped.
Tuesday on Newstalk 1010’s The Jerry Agar Show, Mark Pugash called in to give the Toronto Police version of the story.
“One of the key things that is clear is that John Downs has very little memory of what happened and what he’s tried to do is use the accounts of people who hadn’t been drinking to understand what happened because he can’t remember very much of what happened at all.”said Pugash.
Pugash went on to tell the Jerry Agar Show that John Downs himself admitted that he was intoxicated and that because of that he did not remember what happened that night. John Downs denies this and says that he remembers quite clearly what happened and feels that his arrest was unjustified.
On January 18, Downs had a few drinks with his girlfriend and friends before getting on the King St streetcar.
When the vehicle passed a crime scene, Downs says he decided to get out to grab a few photos for the newsroom.
After snapping a couple of pictures, he was approached by a Toronto Fire employee who asked him to leave.
"I assured him I was not interfering with the scene and took a third photo," Downs says on his blog.
That's when Downs says the fire officer said he would call police over.
"After agreeing to hash things out with the officers, my phone was swiped from my hand, landing on the sidewalk below," he says.
Downs says an officer then came up to him and he was thrown face first on to the sidewalk. He was cuffed, placed into a cruiser and taken to a station.
In the meantime, he learned that the fire employee and officer were accusing him of putting his hand into a fist, ready to take a swing at one of them.
"It's absolutely ridiculous," he says. "Even with some alcohol in my system, there's no way that happened and I know for a fact it didn't."
"I've never hit a human being in my life, nor would I ever hit a firefighter or a police officer."
When he arrived at 14 Division, Downs says he was told he was arrested for assault and brought to the station because he was intoxicated.
After being interviewed by police, Downs was charged with public intoxication. An assault charge wasn't pursued.
Downs spent the night at 14 Division and was released the next morning.
He took the matter to court and a few months later, the public intoxication charge was dropped.