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Published May 23, 2017
An officer used "unreasonable" force that wasn't part of his training when subduing a restrained suspect in a way that appeared to show him kicking the suspect in the head, police said Wednesday.
The Columbus Division of Police announced the finding in the case of an April 8 arrest that followed an investigation into reports of a man with a gun.
A video taken that day shows a Columbus officer restraining a prone man and preparing to handcuff him when a second officer arrives and appears to kick him in the head.
Police have said the second officer, identified as Zachary Rosen, reported his action under standard police procedure for when force is used.
"The strike/stomp was an untrained technique and was found to be unreasonable," police said in a statement.
The case goes next to a police discipline committee.
Jason Pappas, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter representing Rosen, has said previously that the video actually shows Rosen using his foot to pin the man's shoulder to the ground. Messages were left with Pappas seeking comment on Wednesday's announcement.
Police Chief Kim Jacobs said last month she was fast-tracking the investigation. That included a review of the citizen-generated video, along with cruiser dashcam video and statements from witnesses and other officers.
Officers were investigating a report of a man threatening to shoot up a house and everyone inside, according to a police report. Court documents identified the suspect as Demarko Anderson.
Anderson, 22, has pleaded not guilty to charges including improper handling of a firearm and aggravated menacing. A message was left with his attorney seeking comment on the police announcement about the use of force.
Police also have confirmed that Rosen was one of two plainclothes officers who fatally shot a man in the city last year.
Rosen and the other officer told investigators they shot 23-year-old Henry Green in June 2016 after he fired on them and that they feared for their lives, according to records released last month. The two also said in written statements that they shouted, "Police!" before opening fire.
Rosen was awarded a departmental medal of valor for helping rescue a man in 2012 while dodging downed powerlines, according to his personnel file. The man, trapped in his vehicle, had suffered a severed foot after his car hit a utility pole during a thunderstorm.
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