PHILADELPHIA — A new Upper Darby police officer has been charged with a September assault in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia police charged Brandon Pinkston, 30, of the 400 block of Pine Street in the Glenolden postal section of Darby Township, with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats with intent to terrorize and possession of an instrument of crime from a Sept. 3 incident in the northwest section of the city. None of the charges were listed as felonies or misdemeanors on the court docket, but most of these charges can carry a misdemeanor grade under their respective state laws.

Online court records show Pinkston was not arrested until Nov. 14. He was preliminarily arraigned that day and bail was set at 10 percent of $30,000, which was posted that day.

According to Philadelphia police, the incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. in the 7100 block of Stenton Avenue.

“A 30-year-old black male victim was assaulted by a 30-year-old black male ...,” read an excerpt of the assault incident provided by police. “A 30-year-old black male was arrested on Nov. 14 at 8:45 a.m. at 5960 North Broad Street. He was later identified as Brandon Pinkston.”

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office is seeking a jury trial on the charges. Pinkston has retained attorney Brian J. McMonagle, according to online court records.

According to Acting Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt, the department is "constantly evaluating" the case with Philadelphia police.

Bernhardt said Pinkston has been placed on administrative leave with pay since mid-November. Pinkston was hired in March 2019 and is still on a probationary period with the department. The future of Pinkston's employment with Upper Darby is contingent on the final resolution of the case.

Spokespersons for Philadelphia police and Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner could not comment on the case. 

A status conference before Philadelphia Municipal President Judge Patrick F. Dugan is scheduled for Dec. 16.


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