NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Police Department has released body camera footage documenting interaction between an officer and Bryant University men’s basketball head coach Jared Grasso prior to the charge filed against the college coach earlier this month.
In the 30 minute clip, Patrolman Justin Switzer visits Grasso’s North Smithfield home to investigate a reported hit and run involving the coach’s vehicle on Route 146. Grasso’s white Buick Enclave displaying damage consistent with the report is parked in the driveway.
Grasso, who was ultimately charged with the misdemeanor count of failure to stop, initially claims the vehicle was hit while parked at the Smithfield restaurant Blackies. He eventually seems to become agitated after realizing the interaction with Switzer is being recorded and begins making statements about being attacked and followed.
“I’ve got to be honest – I’m confused here,” says Switzer, who maintains a calm and somewhat friendly tone throughout the conversation.
“When you have health issues and someone is attacking you… It’s not ok,” Grasso says. “It’s not ok to be targeted. It’s not ok to be harassed.”
As Switzer attempts to explain that a charge will be filed, Grasso interrupts repeatedly with statements including, “I know the state police. I know everyone around here,” and, “I like you. I think you’re a good guy.”
The patrolman attempts to explain that Grasso will need to turn himself in at the police station once the charge is filed.
“That’s all I’m here for, is a hit and run accident,” Switzer says.
Grasso tells the officer to walk with him during the conversation and asks if he wants to shoot hoops.
“This is being recorded which is good,” Grasso says. “Let’s talk all day.”
After around 18 minutes, Grasso’s wife comes out of the home and tells him to go inside repeatedly, taking over the conversation with Switzer, and at points yelling at the coach to remain in the house.
From the front entryway, Grasso can be heard yelling, “Now you’re going to get the emotion out of me as a coach.”
Grasso’s wife calls lawyer and Switzer explains to the attorney that he has enough evidence to charge the coach.
“He’s been talking about a situation.. I have no idea,” Switzer says.
A 15-minute clip from the body cam footage can be viewed below.