Aaron Christie

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Service Record

Agency Norfolk Virginia Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired November, 2017.[1]
Salary $49,835 (2019)[2]
Last Known Status Active[3]

Incident Reports

2018 Arrest of Derrick Rountree

On December 24, 2018, Rountree was riding his bicycle at night without a headlight. Christie and another officer signaled using their cruiser's siren, lights, and megaphone. Rountree continued riding, and the officers pursued in their cruiser. Christie exited the cruiser, ran after Rountree, and tackled him. Rountree's leg was broken in three places by the fall.[3]

The incident was captured on Christie's body-worn camera.[3]

Rountree was charged for the headlight infraction and obstruction of justice. The infraction resulted in a $15 fine and the other charge was dismissed.[3]

Response Timeline

Norfolk police investigated the incident afterward and found no wrongdoing.[3]

On July 24, 2019, family members filed a state civil lawsuit against Christie.[4]

On December 23, 2020, Rountree filed an federal excessive force lawsuit against Christie, claiming violations of his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.[3]

A jury ordered Christie to pay $200,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for malicious prosecution, which would have covered approximately $95,000 in medical bills incurred by Rountree.[5]

In July 2022, a judge reduced the award to $35,000 as the evidence didn't support the original award, and that the jury had "misconceived or misconstrued the facts or the law". The jury could have awarded medical expensed on the other charges, but not on the malicious prosecution charge.[5]

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