Body cam footage shows new details in Johnson Co. prosecutor domestic violence case

Bradley Cooper mug shot (Photo: Johnson County Sheriff's Office)
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FRANKLIN, Ind. (WTHR) — Body camera video released by the Johnson County Sheriff's department is providing new information and details about the criminal investigation into then-county prosecutor Bradley Cooper.

The attack occurred in early March in his rural Johnson County home. Cooper's victim, his fiancée, fled to a neighbor's house, pleading for help. She had a black eye, bruises and scratches.

At first, Bradley claimed he was the victim.

"She was the initial aggressor in my home. She attacked me. She was enraged," he told Eyewitness News in March.

Since the incident, there have been claims of a cover-up and special treatment given to Cooper and questions about why police didn't immediately arrest him that night.

Eyewitness News' Rich Van Wyk watched nearly two hours of police body cam videos to recap what happened that night:

In one of several released videos, police are seen with guns drawn while sheriff's deputies carefully approached Cooper's Johnson County home early in the morning in early March.

"Howdy fellahs," Cooper said to the deputies.

"Hey boss. I'm sorry," one of them replied.

"Don't be sorry, " Cooper answered.

Cooper appeared remarkably calm and cooperative as deputies collected his fiancée's purse, car keys and other belongings.

Earlier that night, she told police he had beaten and threatened her.

The deputies left with out arresting Cooper.

A 911 call and footprints in the snow led sheriff's deputies to Cooper's fiancée. She ran to a neighbor's house to get away from him.

"The fact that I was leaving set him off," she is heard telling a deputy. "I've never seen him so angry."

She was in her car, in Cooper's driveway.

"It happened so fast. He pulled, he pulled me out of the car," she told a deputy.

"Yanked you out of the car?" he asked.

"He yanked me out of the car and dragged me back into his house and wouldn't let me leave. Wouldn't let me go to the bathroom by myself. I don't know how long he was planning on keeping me in there which is why I ran," she said.

Eyewitness News is not identifying the woman and altered her voice in the broadcast version of the story. The attack she recounted for police appeared to be more detailed and more serious than described in court documents.

"There were times I was on the ground out here and inside the house and he was kicking me and saying things to me like ya know, I was a dog," she said.

Three months later, Cooper pleaded guilty to battery, confinement and other crimes. As part of the plea agreement, he received 18 months probation and resigned as Johnson County prosecutor. During his sentencing, Cooper apologized to the victim, who was sitting across the court room. She agreed with the plea agreement and, in an earlier written statement, said she forgave Cooper.

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