City Police: Man punches officer in face following incident

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A Cortland man punched a police officer in the face after he waved a knife at bystanders and business patrons on Main Street, according to a city police report.

According to the report, when city police confronted John M. Rawson, 42, on Union Street, he “refused to put down the knife” and “ignored orders to cease his actions.”

When officers attempted to bring Rawson into custody, he proceeded to punch an officer in the face and resisted arrest, the report states. Officers deployed a taser, and multiple officers were required to get Rawson into custody.

Rawson was arrested and taken to the hospital for minor injuries sustained during his arrest. He’s been charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest (both Class-A Misdemeanors); and second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct (both violations).

Rawson was released on an appearance ticket, but failed to appear in city court, which led to a warrant for his re-arrest. Rawson was arraigned again and released on one’s own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court later today.