Philadelphia Wedding Brawl: Groom's Brother Posts Bail

A man was charged with assaulting a police officer during a brawl at his brother's wedding.
3:00 | 10/11/12

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Now, to new details in the wedding brawl caught on tape in philadelphia. The groom's brother charged with assault for allegedly striking a police officer. He's out on bail and claims has nothing to do with starting the fight. Linsey davis joins us with the latest. Reporter: Good morning, amy. Until now, the only account of what happened inside was what was caught on tape. But new insight from the groom's brother, about his involvement in that 20-minute brawl that sent him to jail, and left his new sister-in-law, dead. The first account on how two wedding nights ended in chaos. This morning, 20-year-old matthew sofka is speaking out through his lawyer. That's sofka, the brother of the groom, and the son of a former police officer, hit with a police baton and ultimately caved before being arrested and thrown into jail. According to his lawyer, sofka has just returned from his brother's wedding reception. He and his family got to the hotel, they say the melee involving guests from a separate wedding was already under way. He was trying to help his girlfriend when he was approached by the police from behind. He was unaware of who was behind him. He extended his arm. Reporter: Sofka, seen here leaving jail earlier this week, was struck by one office and put into a choke hold by another. Other members of the police department continued to try to subdue him. And ultimately, he was tased, i believe, a couple of times. Reporter: According to this complaint, police say the force was justified because sofka, knowingly, intentionally or recklessly caused or attempted to cause bodily injury to a police sergeant. It goes on to say sofka and approximately three others punched and kicked the sergeant in the head and body. Sofka maintains the fight has nothing to do with the sofka wedding party. Reporter: We undend that additional arrests are being considered. Sofka has been charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and creating a riot. He could face five to ten years in jail.

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