The Butte County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that a misdemeanor charge of assault was filed against 51-year-old Scott Ruppel. This after Ruppel allegedly put 21-year-old William Rowley the 2nd in a strangle hold while he was handcuffed and restrained last August. The assault was reportedly captured on the body camera of another officer as Ruppel was reportedly attempting to get Rowley to sit back in the seat of a patrol S-U-V. Rowley reportedly yelled at Rupple prompting him to allegedly grab the suspect by his neck and push him back into his seat. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office Press Release, there was enough force to rattle the cage and Rowley was reportedly gasping for air afterwords.
Ruppel was placed on administrative leave and he has retired from the police department.