Police sergeant arrested for assault, related charges stemming from alleged Roxborough bar fight

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia police sergeant was arrested last week for an alleged bar fight in Roxborough in November.

Sgt. James Graber Jr., 48, was arrested on March 9 and charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

According to the affidavit for his arrest, Graber punched a police detective several times and spat on a woman who was with him. In all, he allegedly hit three people.

He was reacting to someone putting hip hop music on the jukebox, according to a report in the Inquirer.

Police officials say Graber has been on desk duty since the investigation began and will be fired. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week.

The Fraternal Order of Police has been able to intervene in or overturn prior disciplinary actions taken against Graber. He was arrested in 2011 for simple assault and reckless endangerment for another incident at a bar. Then, too, he was suspended with intent to dismiss, according to a CBS3 report.

Last year, a video of a heated interaction between Graber and a Black family at their home went viral when it was posted online. In the video, Graber, who is white, is seen losing his temper and getting increasingly aggressive before a fellow officer, a Black woman, nudges him away from the family.

The police union this time, reportedly, is not representing him.

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