A video that made the rounds on the internet earlier this year, showing a police officer violently kicking a black man in the head, has stirred up things at the Columbus, Ohio police department.
Officials have recommended that officer Zachary Rosen be put on a one-day suspension for kicking the man, despite the victim following Rosen's commands and instructions.
In the clip, an officer can be seen handcuffing Demarko Anderson while saying something about his hands that are already behind him, to which Anderson repeatedly replies, “I am, sir. I am, sir.”
Soon, Rosen intervenes and stomps on Anderson’s head so hard that his head bounces on the sidewalk. Then, a few other officers get out of a police van and one pulls the black man’s hands up.
Things only get worse when one officer gets on his knees on Anderson’s head and keeps him pinned down.
Then suddenly the officer grabs him by the collar and pulls him into a standing position before pushing him into a police car.
“While the chief of police has made a recommendation for discipline in the use of force case involving Officer Rosen, the director of public safety will make the final decision under the current FOP contract,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.
It must be noted, though, that the Chief of Columbus Police Kim Jacobs recommended the 24-hour suspension for Rosen.
A 24-hour suspension for an officer who has treated a man so violently is ridiculous, to say the least. Hopefully, the director of public safety will treat the officer just as he deserves to be treated, and give him a stricter punishment so such incidents do not occur in the future.
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