Suburban St. Louis officer faces misdemeanor assault charge

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Mo. – A police officer in a small St. Louis suburb is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after a man said the officer pushed him to the ground for no reason last summer.

A grand jury indictment unsealed Monday shows 30-year-old Officer Idriese Tabarly, of Jennings, is charged with fourth-degree assault.

Mohammed Wishah told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Tabarly and another officer forced him to leave a supermarket last July 25 and pushed him to the ground, injuring his back.

Wishah said he didn’t provoke the officers and wasn’t arrested. He also alleged the officers tried to seize the store’s surveillance video and tried to persuade the owner to say he had wanted Wishah removed from the store. But the store owner refused.

County Club Hills police Chief William Jones declined to comment Tuesday.

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