Officer Appears To Stomp On Handcuffed Suspect’s Head
By Nina Golgowski
The suspect was lying handcuffed on the ground, held down by one police officer, when another officer ran up and appeared to stomp on his head. A passerby captured the disturbing scene on video, leading to public outcry even from the mayor.
The incident occurred in Columbus, Ohio. Only two weeks earlier, the white officer with the heavy step had managed to avoid charges related to fatally shooting a black man in 2016, local 10 TV News reported.
Columbus Officer Zachary Rosen was responding to a report of a discharged firearm when video recorded his use of what appears to be unreasonable force on the restrained suspect. The latter man, identified as DeMarco Anderson, is black.
The Columbus police agency distanced itself from the officer’s behavior, which it said in a statement “does not meet the standards [of] the Columbus Division of Police.”
“It appears to be inconsistent with the values and training we instill in our officers,” the agency said. “The officer self-reported a kick to the suspect while the suspect was in custody. We’ll learn more as the investigation continues and take appropriate actions based on the facts gathered. The officer has been temporarily reassigned.”
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther also condemned the officer’s actions in a post on Twitter, calling his behavior “unacceptable.”
According to court records cited by The Daily Beast, police originally confronted Anderson for allegedly threatening to shoot people inside a nearby home. He elbowed a different officer in the face and ran. Police caught up with him a block away. The suspect was allegedly found carrying a handgun and a substance suspected of being crack cocaine. He has since been charged with resisting arrest, obstructing official business, aggravated menacing, possession of controlled substances, and having weapons under disability.