Pants-Dropping Video in Atlantic City Chief’s Case Released
Video purporting to show Atlantic City's fire chief dropping his pants at a metal detector checkpoint has been released by the city.
The silent video shows a man entering Atlantic City's public safety building on March 5 and being called back to the checkpoint. He appears to empty his pockets before stepping back, undoing his belt and quickly lowering his pants before shrugging his shoulders The man is then scanned with a wand and makes his way inside.
There is a second security officer speaking with a woman at the entrance who witnesses the incident.
No faces are recognizable in the video.
A letter sent by lawyer Sebatian Ionno for the female city employee, says Chief Dennis Brooks dropped his pants and explained he was "having a bad day." Brooks has since been placed on paid administrative leave.
“There were several individuals that were present and made what at this point are accusations,” Mayor Don Guardian tells The Press of Atlantic City . “But there was enough information there that it seemed appropriate to place the chief on suspended paid leave while we investigated.”
Ionna tells CBS Philly, "“It was clear to me that this was not accidental. It’s not as if the chief removed his belt and his pants fell down. It’s clear that is was premeditated that he grabbed the sides of his pants and pulled them down." The unidentified woman has not filed a lawsuit but has been interviewed by police.
Guardian declined to comment on the video to The Press of Atlantic City.