The Albany DA announced today that the felony charges leveled against Eagles RB Dion Lewis and his brother will be dropped so as long as the pair stay out of trouble for the next six months.
Lewis was arrested earlier this month when he and his brother allegedly pulled a fire alarm when they could not get back into their hotel room. He was charged with felony falsely reporting a fire, which could have carried up to a 4 year prison sentence.
However, after a further investigation, the DA's office determined that much of this never happened. The brothers did not pull a firm alarm, rather brushed against the cover of a fire alarm, which set off some other sort of alarm.
"I don't think the charges were sustainable," DA David Soares said. "What you have here was an overreaction on the part of the caller."
That doesn't explain the half of it, as it turns out. When the hotel manager called the police, he claimed that one of the brothers was brandishing a knife and that the police needed to get to the hotel "right away." The police arrived, guns drawn, forced the two to the floor and pepper sprayed them before putting on cuffs.
Problem is, they not only didn't pull a fire alarm, they didn't have any weapons. However, the DA did not think the police used excessive force.
"In think of terms of the police's reaction, you listen to the call, it sounded distressed," Soares said. "(The caller) is alleging that there were two men with weapons attempting to break into the hotel. The police responded in that context."
The Lewis' lawyer say that have no plans to file any civil suits in connection to the incident and are just happy to have it over.
Gotta say, at the start of this story Lewis looked kind of immature... but at the end, he looks more like the victim.