Cop arrested over Spa City bar brawl

— A Saratoga Springs police officers has been arrested for his alleged involvement in an off-duty bar fight.

Edward Braim, a 10-year veteran of the department, was arraigned in a city court this morning on charges of assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor. According to the Saratoga County District Attoreny’s Office, Braim assaulted a 41-year-old man at the bar Dango Fitzgerald’s on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs early in the morning on Sunday, Nov. 11.

“The victim suffered physical injury as the statute requires. I have spoken to the victim several times over these last few days and our Crime Victim Unit is assisting him in paying for his care as he is uninsured,” District Attorney James Murphy said in a statement.

The Saratoga Springs Police Department confirmed the charges, and officials said a verbal dispute escalated inside the bar and continued outside. Then, Braim pushed the victim into a parked car and onto the ground, causing him injuries, according to police.

Two other officers remain on a suspension without pay as the police department investigates the incident. That internal investigation is proceeding independently of any criminal charges, Murphy said.

In a statement, the police department said the other two officers will likely face administrative action.

"The department does not condone the off-duty actions of the officers involved in this incident and has taken the appropriate steps to hold them accountable for those actions,” Chief Christopher Cole said in a statement.

Braim was scheduled to appear in city court again on Dec. 20.

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