Harrington Police arrest to be investigated by outside agency

HARRINGTON — An alleged incident at Harrington Raceway and Casino involving a suspect and officers last weekend will be investigated by an independent law enforcement agency, Harrington Police said Wednesday afternoon.

Jermaine L. Newcomb, 42, of Hurlock, was arrested after Harrington Police were called to assist the Delaware State Police for a reported fight in progress at approximately 12:39 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

Police claimed that Mr. Newcomb resisted arrest by allegedly refusing to place his hands behind his back and a K-9 was used to take him into custody.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound man (according to court documents) was handcuffed and taken into custody after what authorities described in a news release as a “brief struggle.”

Mr. Newcomb told WBOC-TV earlier in the week that he disputed the charges and was not part of any altercation.

“The video from the casino will show I was talking to another individual, I wasn’t out there being in a crowd, with any aggravation going on,” he said. “I wasn’t being belligerent. I wasn’t being drunk,”

Harrington Police said they were “currently gathering facts for the investigation of the incident and had contacted the Wilmington Police Department to conduct an Internal Affairs Investigation.

“The Harrington Police Department has no further comments due to the ongoing investigation so as not to jeopardize the integrity of the investigation,” spokesman Lt. Earl K. Brode said Wednesday.

A Delaware State News followup request for information on any potential Harrington PD staff status changes was not immediately answered Wednesday.

In a criminal complaint and summons, a Harrington officer claimed Mr. Newcomb “did intentionally attempt to prevent (police) from effecting an arrest or detention of himself, by tensing his arms and attempting to pull away then refusing to place his arms behind his back.”

Mr. Newcomb was ordered to appear for an arraignment at Justice of the Peace Court 6 in Harrington today at 9 a.m., according to court documents.

Police said Mr. Newcomb suffered a dog bite to his lower leg and was treated by EMS units, but refused hospital treatment.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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