Disabled Veteran Accused of Begging Charges Dropped, Now He Pushes for Release of Body Camera Video of Arrest

GASTONIA, North Carolina. A disabled veteran who claims he was assaulted by Gastonian police during his arrest speaks out after the charges against him were dropped.

Last year, Gastonia police arrested Joshua Rohrer and charged him with begging. The officers also tasered his service dog during the arrest. Rohrer is now pushing for the release of police footage of his arrest. He also wants the officers involved in the case to be fired.

Rohrer, an army veteran who was homeless and living in a tent, was arrested last October while walking his service dog outside a mall on Cox Road in Gastonia. The police charged him with resisting arrest and begging after someone called the police. During this arrest, an officer fired a stun gun at Rohrer’s service dog. The dog was hit by a car and died at large when Rohrer was locked up.

On Wednesday, the Gaston County District Attorney dropped the charges against Rohrer. Gastonia Police Chief Britten issued the following statement:

“Because Mr. Rohrer was arrested, the Gastonia Police Department has been in constant contact with District Attorney Page and we have worked diligently to find an appropriate solution to this case. We are satisfied with today’s plea agreement and we are pleased that Mr. Rohrer has agreed to participate in the Catawba County Veterans Treatment Court, where he can receive services tailored to his needs.”

Rohrer pleaded guilty to driving without a license.

He says he wants justice after his arrest. On July 19, a rally will be held in Gastonia dedicated to the release of the video from the body camera.