An Upper Makefield Supervisor who allegedly assaulted a resident after a meeting last month won’t face charges, Bucks County District Attorney Dave Heckler said Thursday.
Upper Makefield resident Guy Polhemus alleges that supervisor Daniel Rattigan punched him in the chest, grabbed his shirt and shook him during an incident in the hallway following a heated meeting on April 15.
The incident was captured on surveillance video; the District Attorney’s office has made the video public on YouTube.
The video shows Polhemus sitting down in a chair in the hallway as Rattigan approaches him.
Heckler said evidence in the video does not substantiate charges.
“The events depicted in the videotape make it impossible for me to take seriously his claim that he was struck by Mr. Rattigan and experienced significant pain either during the incident or later,” Heckler said in a statement. “I specifically reference his failure to move or react, even to the extent of uncrossing his legs throughout and after the alleged ‘assault’ as well as his posture, hand and movements, which were relaxed, reflecting no sign of pain or distress.”
Following the incident, Polhemus made a formal complaint to Upper Makefield police that Rattigan had assaulted him. The District Attorney’s office became involved after Upper Makefield Township Police feared a conflict of interest if they pursued an investigation.
Polhemus told the officer that his doctor believed he may have sustained a broken left rib. A chest x-ray was performed with negative results, Heckler noted in his statement.